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The first castle we ever saw was Alcazar Castle, on a vacation to Madrid, Spain. At the time some of the adults weren't too interested in's. seeing a castle. Just this one castle changed that mindset in a dramatic way. Castles aren't just about the wealthy and privileged who once lived in them and often built them over generations -- they are really about the history and the people living in and near them and how they often were very much needed fortresses from invading neighbor or rival counterparts.
I can remember standing in a breezeway on one of the upper outside passage ways leading to the top of a tower. One one side of me was a tapestry portrait of a noblewoman and the opposite side a huge glass-less window overlooking the valley below. You could almost feel the perfume of the romance of Spain and its castles, leading me to think if only . . . . one could just capture the castle in a bottle of historical perfume. One that you just needed to open from time to time, to relieve the scent of all that came before our modern times.
Spain's abundance of castles are unique, inspiring, mysterious, and so varied in style, size, and conditions. Like all castles anywhere else in the world, Spain's castles are often ruins, but just as likely to be either restored or still in private use. Here are some of Dream Travel Today's favorite castles in Spain.
Castles aren't just found in just a few places in Europe, nor were they just built in the Medieval times. Twenty-eight other countries have their own castles to explore.
Coca Castle, Segovia, Castille and León, Spain - When it comes to castle architecture Coca Castle in Segovia, Spain is a marriage of some of the best Mudéjar brick laying style, where architecture building and decoration joined in the 12th century on the Iberian peninsula. Moorish and European cultures make this Spanish castle a must see, especially its chapel and weapons room.
Two centuries of the Knights of Templar building the Castillo Templario de Ponferrada (or Castle of the Knights Templar) are a testament to mystery and history of this castle still standing, as if to look at all of us to say, “You’ll never know the real backstories of all that happened here. This is a huge castle with so many mysteries attached to it, so many unanswered questions. .
Loarre Castle, Huesca, Aragóni, Spain - it’s not enough to have seen Loarre Castle in the epic movie, “Kingdom of Heaven.” Loarre Castle begs to be seen in person. One of Spain’s oldest and most important castles in its peoples history.
Belmonte Castle, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain - Standing outside Belmonte Castle you can almost see Sophia Loren and Charlton Heston in scenes from “El Sid, probably because the castle was the setting for the movie. Despite being built in the 16th century it’s the well preserved backdrop for some of Spain’s Ferdinand and Isabella’s struggles and moments in history. A castle for your memory books of places you loved.
Almodóvar del Río Castle, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain - originally named “Al-Mudawar Al-Adna” this Spanish castle with its Arab roots started its career not as a castle but as simply a fort or fortress. It’s famous for being one of the castles in Spain that was also a prison for the unfortunate Doña Juana de Lara (wife of Prince Don Tello, stepbrother of King Pedro I). The castle has its have been imprisoned within its walls, the castle has its dungeons of torture and surely witnessed some pretty awful tortured souls last days.
Alcazar of Segovia, Segovia, Castile and Leon, Spain - This castle is every little or big girls dream castle, filled with scenic views looking out from it as you walk through and claim every moment of memories for your castle dreams of forever. Little boys will be thrilled with the swords and armour of knights. While even the adults accompanying them will breathe in history and awe at the art and the stories the walls both inside and outside tell about Alcazar Castle.
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