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Spanish Castles

Updated on July 31, 2016

When you visit Spain you should take time to visit some of the beautiful castles. They are amazing and beautiful. Many of them are open to the public and offer tours.

Alhambra Castle

Vista de la Alhambra by bernjan CC BY-SA 2.0
Vista de la Alhambra by bernjan CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Alhambra castle is beautiful with its red towers and fortress walls. Alhambra castle is built with the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background. Spain’s Alhambra castle is the best preserved of its Arabian palaces.

One of the Granada's Zirid Sultans built the first Alhambra palace in the 11th century. In the 13th and 14th century the Nasrid emirs made the Alhambra into a fortress-palace.

When the Catholic Monarchs reclaimed Andalusia, and they eventually replaced the Alhambra s mosque with a church.

The Alhambra Palace was abandoned to thieves and homeless people in the 18th century. When Napoleon was in control of Spain, the Alhambra castle was used as a barracks for French soldiers.

Over 2 million people visit the Alhambra castle every year. Tours are available.

Fuensaldana Castillo

Fuensaldana Castillo By Nicolas Perez BNC 1.2
Fuensaldana Castillo By Nicolas Perez BNC 1.2 | Source

The medieval castle, Fuensaldana, resembles an ancient Roman desert fort. It has walls that rise from the Spanish plains that are made out of yellow and red bricks. The Fuensaldana castle has a great keep that has four corner towers that dominate the castle. A smaller Torre de Homenaje is set in the north wall.

The Fuensaldana castle has a simple wooden drawbridge. Al access to the castle was by a drawbridge. The Fuensaldana castle was built in the 15th century by Don Alfonso Perez de Vireo, who was the treasurer of King John II.

When you visit Spain take the time to go and visit the Fuensaldana castle that is located in Valladolid Province. You will enjoy the trip.

Ampudia Castle

Ampudia-Castillo by Zarateman Public Dmain
Ampudia-Castillo by Zarateman Public Dmain | Source

The Ampudia Castle was built in the 13th century, and many changes were made to the castle in the 15th century. A square plan was used in the castle. It has a Gothic courtyard and four towers located on each corner.

About half of the castle complex is surrounded by a Barbican that is defended by cylindrical towers.

The Ampudia castle had many owners including Juan Alfonso de Albuquerque, Sancho de Rojas and Pedro Garcia Herrera.

The castle was attacked and occupied by the Comuneros who were lead by the bishop Acuna in 1621. The Duke of Lerma later took the castle for the Crown.

The Ampudia castle is now private property. Tourists can see parts of the castle by taking a guided tour.

Alcazar of Segovia Castle

Alcazar of Segovia Castle By Tural Jones CC BY-SA 2.0
Alcazar of Segovia Castle By Tural Jones CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Alcazar of Segovia castle was a favorite place to live for the kings of Castilla. They took the small castle to a beautiful palace. The original castle was built in an old Arab stronghold. This was a very strategic position for a castle. King Alfonso VI started construction of the castle in the late 11th century.

Isabel was named the Queen of the Castle in the Alcazar of Segovia in 1474. The castle had an artificial moat built around it. This offered the castle added protections. Each king that lived in Alcazar of Segovia changed the castle to suit himself.

The castle was built using the Spanish Gothic architecture. In the 1800s, most of the castle's interior was destroyed by fire. The castle has been repaired and is quite impressive.


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      Lena Durante 

      18 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I love castles, and Spain has so many. That's one of the things I love about traveling in Europe: there is such a wide range of architectural styles. The US doesn't have a long enough history to have that same eclecticism.

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      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks Spanish castles are beautiful.

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      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks for reading my article. Glad you liked it.

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      Kuan Leong Yong 

      2 years ago from Singapore

      Castles. Quiet the perfect summary of romantic, medieval Europe with knights and warriors and kings and ... magic? Thanks for this list!

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      There are so many interesting places to visit in Spain, it's a great place to visit, there are so many historical buildings and other venues, too. Your photo of Fuensaldana Castillo reminded me of the sandcastles we used to try and make as youngsters. I enjoyed reading your article and reliving some of the fascinating places we have seen.

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Jackie: Castles are very interesting and if you ever get a chance to visit one you should.

    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Jackie: Castles are very interesting and if you ever get a chance to visit one you should.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have always found castles to be intriguing buildings full of history but never had an opportunity to visit any. Alcazar of Segovia looks wonderful.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I never have but I would love to go in a castle one day. Very interesting and informative article. Sharing.


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