With television hits like Game of Thrones, castles never go out of fashion. If you are a fan of these fearless fortresses, then take a tour through the best castles in Spain to visit. From a unique circular castle, to a castle on the beach, not to mention a Templar castle, there is something for everyone this autumn in our selection of the most curious castles that you can find in Spain.
Take a trip into history in Ponferrada's Templar castle
The construction of Ponferrada Castle in Spain began in the 11th century. Before that, Celts, Romans and Visigoths used the area as a settlement. The Crown of León ceded the castle to the Templars so that they could help pilgrims passing through the area, and in 1312, the Order was dissolved and Ponferrada Castle returned to the Crown of León.
In the 19th century, this castle gradually lost its importance, and the stones of its walls were even sold for other constructions. In 1924, the process of rebuilding the castle began giving it its present appearance which you can still see and visit to this day. As proof of its different stages, the castle displays the different coats of arms of those who occupied it and contributed to its construction.
Perhaps the most beautiful and interesting thing about the Templar Castle of Ponferrada, apart from its outer perimeter, is its Homage Tower! Check out the opening hours and prices for Ponferrada castle and plan your visit.
A visit for Game of Thrones fans at Almodóvar del Río Castle
After its appearance in the 7th season of Game of Thrones, the fame of Almodóvar del Río Castle has reached international levels and continues to attract visitors in 2021. And for good reason, as this medieval castle dating from the 8th century, and completely renovated at the beginning of the 20th century, is one of the best preserved castles in Spain. As well as this, Almodóvar del Río Castle also has the honour of never having been taken by siege due to its excellent location.
Since 2001 its doors have been open to visitors and we recommend taking the full tour in order to observe the beautiful views over the village and the Guadalquivir River. Plan your visit and find out more about the opening hours and types of visits available at Almodóvar del Río Castle.
Discover one of the youngest castles in Spain in Lloret de Mar
The Castell d'En Plaja is a castle-house built in the 20th century. At less than 80 years of age, it is the "youngest" castle on our list and one of the youngest castles in Spain. Although it is not as historically valuable as the others, it has become an icon and one of the most beautiful features in Lloret de Mar.
This beautiful coastal castle gives a medieval touch to the area and has a beautiful promenade surrounding it which overlooks the sea. Walking around you will find beautiful landscapes, some of the best on the Costa Brava, and between the promenade and the Castell d'En Plaja we guarantee you will take hundreds of photos!
Explore a circular castle in Palma
This 14th century circular Majorcan Gothic style castle is possibly the most unusual castle in Spain and on our list. It is one of the few circular castles in Europe and holds the title of the oldest circular castle in Spain. Nowadays this castle houses a museum and is surrounded by a forest (Bellver Forest).
From the castle you can enjoy impressive views, which make the journey up into the hills worth it. The name given to the surrounding forest, Bellver, means "beautiful view", and the name doesn't disappoint, as from the top you will have a complete view of the port of Palma and part of the island. And take note future brides and grooms, you can also get married inside this stunning castle! Check out the opening hours and prices for the castle.
Enjoy a walk around the red fortress of Coca in Segovia
Coca Castle is a majestic 15th century fortification in the Spanish Gothic-Mudejar style that is perfectly preserved. Its reddish tones, because of the brick, draw attention to the rest of the Segovian pine forest landscape.
This original castle has a deep moat surrounding it and is officially owned by the Casa de Alba. However, in 1954 it was ceded to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture for 100 years minus one day. Consult the opening hours and prices before visiting.
Visit Spain's best preserved castle in Manzanares el Real
Known as "Castillo de los Mendoza" or "Castillo nuevo de Manzanares el Real", this majestic castle is a fortress-palace that was built in the 15th century. It is situated on a hill in the village of Manzanares el Real, in the middle of the mountains surrounding Madrid and is one of the best preserved castles in Spain.
The views you will find here are also spectacular: the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and La Pedriza can be seen on one side and the Santillana Reservoir on the other. Without a doubt, this is a magical place that, thanks to its excellent state of conservation and the improvements that have been made over the years, takes you back to another era. Consult the castle's opening hours and prices, the perfect day trip from Madrid.
Enjoy a castle on the beach in Tossa de Mar
Castles that are located by the sea have something special and we couldn't help but recommend Castell de Tossa de Mar. This particular castle is a special place and is located away from the stress and hustle and bustle of the neighbouring coastal towns which are often packed with tourists. We recommend going up to the viewpoint and breathing in the fresh air while enjoying the sea breeze from a charming stone bench.
This 14th century castle has an impressive 7 towers and has made Tossa de Mar the most beautiful and best preserved medieval seaside town in Catalonia.