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Top 10 Castles to Visit in Spain


Alcázar, SEGOVIA: This Castle-Palace is one of the most elegant in Spain. When you arrive to Segovia, you can see the Alcázar castle sitting on top of a mountain, and it's size and architecture are very impressive when you see it in person. This castle was built in the 12th century and has been used as a fortress, prison and royal palace. You can guide yourself through the castle or go with a group and tour guide. There is a little souvenir shop inside and a beautiful little plaza to relax and take it all in.    



Alhambra, GRANADA
: Surrounded by many trees, this Castle-Palace was built by the moors during the 14th century, while they still had control over Andalucía. From arrival, you get a feeling that this castle was built way ahead of it's time. Amazing architecture, marble fountains, and beautiful inside gardens that make you feel as if you are outside. You will need a couple of hours here to really enjoy and learn about it's history. You can go with a tour guide or do the Self guided tour.





Castell de Bellver, MALLORCA: Located in the beautiful island of Mallorca, this gothic castle was built in the 14th century. The castle was built for kings to live in and later used as a prison. Today it is one of the main tourist attractions on the island, and offers a guided tour or can be self-guided. It also has a beautiful and informative historic museum inside.




Castillo de Coca, COCA
: About a 30 minute drive north from Segovia, you will run into a small little village called Coca, with a gothic castle that is usually missed by most tourist. Built around the 15th century, it was used to protect the Spanish army and as a palace. This castle can only be visited with a guided tour, and some passages are closed, but we recommend you visit for an amazing experience you will never forget.


Castillo de la Atalaya, VILLENA: Located in the province of Alicante, this 11th century castle was built by the moors and then later taken over by the Iberians. It was used as a fortress and prison, it offers amazing architecture throughout the castle as well as some beautiful passages. It offers a self-guided tour and is easily accessible from the Autovia A-31.



Castillo de Morella, MORELLA
: Located in the northern part of "Comunitat Valenciana", the village of Morella is dominated by this 14th century hilltop castle, which can be seen for many miles as you are driving up to Morella. Originally built by the moors, this castle has had many battles, as the country had many invaders, but was eventually won by the Iberians in the 15th century. There is free parking, but you have to walk your way up to the castle, which is about 20 minutes, but worth every minute. Self guided tour. 



Castillo del Papa Luna, PENISCULA
: This castle sits on a rocky crag right on the Mediterranean, and offers jaw dropping views of the sea and village. There have been many invaders arriving from sea that have tried to take over this castle, but the way it was built, was very difficult for anyone to take over. Pope Benedict XIII also lived here in the early 15th century. You can walk through most of the castle and there is a little village inside with shops, restaurants and bars, where you can sip on a Estrella Damm, snack on Almonds, and overlook the Mediterranean. 


Castillo de Santa Bárbara, ALICANTE: Sitting on top of a rocky mountain in the heart of Alicante, this castle was built around the 9th century at the time of Muslim control. There are elevators in the mountain that can take you up to the castle. From the castle, there are amazing views of the Mediterranean and the city of Alicante. Beautiful architecture and a self guided tour make this a must see.



Castillo de Xativa, XATIVA: Located about 45 minutes south of Valencia, this double castle was built on top of a mountain with a 360 degree view of the valley below. Many invaders have passed through this castle and the Germanias made the most of it. It has been used as a palace, prison and fortress. It offers a self-guided tour and there is bar/snack inside, a souvenir shop and lots of history to read in each room.




Palacio de Olite, OLITE: This Castle-Palace was built in 13th century and is located in the region of Navarra. It was used by kings until it was abandoned and left to be ruined. Plenty of work has been made to restore the castle and showcase the beautiful architecture and amazing gardens that this castle provides. A self-guided tour is available.


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