Most Beautiful Castles and Palaces in Spain

by TeamGeist

France might be regarded as the home of glamorous palaces and medieval castles, but its neighbour Spain is obviously a strong competitor when it comes to such impressive works of masonry. No matter in which part you Spain you’ll be travelling, you’ll sooner or later run into some 12th century wonder of a castle, silently watching over an equally old and picturesque little village. But the impenetrable stone fortresses are the not the only type of castle you will encounter of Spain: this is also the country with some of the most interesting and valuable palaces in the world, like the Escorial in Madrid or the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada. But these two well-known palaces are not the only ones worth of a visit: there are less famous, but equally interesting castles and palaces. Here comes a list of the most beautiful castles and palaces in Spain (and maybe even Europe):

Parador Alarcon, La Mancha

Unless one is a king or queen, one certainly doesn’t get to many occasions to live in a 12 hundred year old castle. The castle of Alarcon was built in the 8th century by the Moors, but it then became Spanish 5 centuries later. The castle was fore centuries the residence of noblemen and famous intellectuals, until finally being bought and transformed into a luxury hotel. The castle-hotel offers a unique experience, with a much appreciated restaurant and a dining room sumptuous enough to please a king.

 Alcazar, Segovria

Few castles can ever outmatch the elegance of Alcazar Segovia, a medieval fortress and former royal residence in the central part of Spain. Like many Spanish castles from that time, the Alcazar was built by the Arabs, but was extended and reinforced by different Spanish monarchs – in the glorious times, the fortress was practically impenetrable. After serving as a prison and also a royal college, the castle is now open to the public.

Villa Vella, Tossa de Mar

by jaycross

By far one of the most picturesque castles in Spain, Villa Vella is actually a fortified stone city, climbed upon a high rock overlooking the sea and the modern resort of Tossa del Mar. Inside the fortress/town, you can visit some old churches and houses, as well as an exceptional art museum, with contains precious paintings such as that of Marc Chagall.

Palacio Real, Aranjuez

by Nigel's Europe

Despite the similarity of names, this palace in Aranjuez is nothing like its Madrid brother. From all the palaces in Spain, this particular one is probably the most similar to the opulent royal residences of the French kings. Just like Versailles palace in Paris, Palacio Real is famous for its carefully planned gardens and luxurious interiors.

 

 

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