15 Best Castles to Visit in Spain

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Spain Castle
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Spain is a famous tourist destination due to lovely landscape and impressive castles. If you have a chance to travel this country, visiting castles are necessary. All of them offer the unique architect and beautiful forests and valleys around. Below is some beautiful castles you should tour.

1. The Alhambra

1 Alhambra
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The Castle Alhambra is known as the paradise in Spain. In this place, you can discover the history of Alhambra through beautiful gardens and architect. Also that, you should pay attention to the Andalusian art at ceilings and on the walls. It’s better to get a ticket in advance.


  • Address: Palacio de Carlos V, Granada, Spain
  • Phone: +34 958 02 79 71
  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 – 18:00
    Sunday 9:00 – 15:30 And Monday Closed
  • Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
  • Website: http://www.alhambra-patronato.es

2. Real Alcazar


Real Alcazar is the best castle you must visit while staying in Seville, Spain. It’s too large and has many interesting things to view so that you’ll spend a long time for discovering the whole place. The highlight is the architect and gardens designing in the Moorish and Islamic style. If you want to learn exactly about the history, you should join a guided tour for the thorough knowledge.


  • Address: Patio de Banderas, s/n., 41004 Seville, Spain
  • Phone: +34 954 50 23 24
  • Fee: Yes
  • Hours: 9:30 – 19:00
  • Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
  • Website: http://www.alcazarsevilla.org

3. Alcazar

3. Alcazar Large
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One place you can’t miss is the Castle Alcazar. You will have an exciting tour including the glorious past hidden and beautiful surroundings. The interior stores precious figures and attractive decorations. Looking from the outside, you may find a feeling of Disney stories with a mystery castle and forest around. It’s a perfect visit for all ages.


  • Address: Plaza de la Reina Victoria Eugenia, 40003 Segovia, Spain
  • Phone: +34 921 46 07 59
  • Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 – 18:00 And Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
  • Website: http://www.alcazardesegovia.com

4. Castillo de Tossa de Mar

Castillo de Tossa de Mar locates in a lovely corner of the coast. It’s convenient and cheap to come there by bus. However, you can take a boat if you want a romantic trip with your lover. There is a bar on the top of the castle where you can have a drink with beautiful night views overlooking the city. You need to climb to the bar. However, it’s easier to step down.


5. Castle of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Castle is accessible with a fantastic view of the sea and the city. Although the architect is incredible, most visitors love walking along the walls and seeing beautiful sea views and the whole town. You can take a stroll or take a lift up to the higher spot. There are also restaurants and shops around for visitors to take a break.


  • Address: 6 Av de Juan Bautista Lafora, 03002 Alicante, Spain
  • Phone: 96 526 31 31
  • Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
  • Website: http://www.castillodesantabarbara.com

6. Castle of Ibiza

Castle of Ibiza is a famous tourist destination with the beautiful landscape around and its different architect. You will have to climb to the hill since it stays on the higher spot, but it’s a worth visit to come there. After visiting the castle, you can browse the surroundings such as restaurants, souvenir shops, cafe and more. It’s a great site for a picnic or walking after dinner.


  • Address: Eivissa, Ibiza, 07800, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Spain
  • Phone: +34 971 39 76 00
  • Recommended length of visit: 1:30 hours
  • Website: http://www.eivissa.es

7. Turo Seu Vella

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Turo Seu Vella is a famous old cathedral with Gothic and Romanesque design in Lleida. During the tour, you may feel comfortable in a peaceful atmosphere. Besides that, you can look at beautiful details of the architect and reconstruction and learn the lifestyle of the ancient. If you love great landscapes, you will have a beautiful view from the bell tower. There is a bar in the back of the cathedral where you can enjoy the meal with the beautiful river nearby.


  • Address: Apt. de Correus, 1013, 25002, Lleida, Spain
  • Phone: +34 973 23 06 53
  • Fee: Yes
  • Opened: 1286
  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 19:30
    Sunday 10:00 – 15:00 And Monday Closed
  • Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
  • Website: http://www.turoseuvella.cat

8. Peniscola Castle

8 Peniscola Castle
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Peniscola Castle stays in the north of Valencia, including a part on the rock of the ancient city and another part close to the sea. There are a lot of monument remains you can learn about European history and the Christian world. Walking around the castle, you will see the austere rooms, sober courtyards, grim towers, art exhibits and more. You can also attend special events and festivals throughout the year.


  • Address: La Marjaleta, Cami Vell S/N | La Marjaleta, Cami Vell S/N, 12598 Peniscola, Spain
  • Phone: +34 605 71 90 07
  • Hours: 9:30 – 21:30
  • Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
  • Website: http://www.todopeniscola.com

9. Castillo de Gibralfaro

Castillo de Gibralfaro is built in the 14th century with the target of protecting the Alcazaba and housing troops. However, today, it becomes the favorite tourist site in Malaga. You can come here to enjoy the beautiful views of the whole city and learn about the history. There are two main parts of the castle. The upper area is the central courtyard where you can find the lives of inhabitants. In the central tower, you will view the baths and Phoenician well.


10. Castillo de Loarre

Castillo de Loarre
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Castillo de Loarre is famous as the best castle in Europe novel. It stays in a peaceful environment and owns an excellent area for picnics with families and friends. Inside the palace, you can learn the history of Aragon anecdotes through museums, some chapels, and churches. You must take an extended visit to view its beauty and architect totally, or you can join the guided tour for the full right information.


  • Address: Loarre | Provincia de Huesca, 22809, Spain
  • Phone: +34 690 63 60 80
  • Built: 11th century
  • Hours: 10:00 – 14:00 And 16:00 – 19:00
  • Website: http://www.castillodeloarre.es

11. Fortaleza de la Mota

11 Fortaleza de la Mota
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Fortaleza de la Mota is known as one of the best cultural interest of Andalusia. Its ideal location on the higher destination and beautiful structure offer an incredible view of the environment around. Besides that, the castle is accessible since it’s built around the year 1000. In the past, the castle played a major role in the city including government, religious buildings, and commercial centers. Thus, it’s a worth visit for people who love the Spanish culture and history.


  • Address: Castillo-Fortaleza de la Mota | Castillo-Fortaleza de la Mota, 23680 Alcala la Real, Spain
  • Phone: +34 953 10 27 17
  • Hours: 10:30 – 19:30
  • Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
  • Website: http://www.alcalalareal.es

12. Episcopal Palace

12 Episcopal Palace
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Episcopal Palace owns a perfect appearance for both the inside and outside theme. Looking from the main entrance, you will discover the fantastic facade that looks a bit similar to the structure of Eiffel tower. There are several fascinating things you can find, beautiful gardens, a museum of religious art, and distinctive decor.


  • Address: Plaza de Eduardo Castro, 24700 Astorga, Spain
  • Phone: +34 987 61 68 82
  • Opened: 1915
  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 And 16:00 – 20:00
    Sunday 10:00 – 14:00 And Monday Closed
  • Website: http://www.palaciodegaudi.es

13. Castell de Xativa

13 Castell de Xativa
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The Castell of Xativa has an ideal location in the city, staying at the scene and witness of many conflicts. The Castell has two main section including the Minor and Major. The Minor is based on Iberian and Roman remains. By the time, it expands and plays a significant role in the times and wars of the Kingdom of Valencia. Viewing the city from the higher point of the Castell, you will see different architect and nature.


14. Palau Dalmases

Palau Dalmases stays in the center of Barcelona between the trendiest neighborhood. You will have a chance to explore a beautiful place with the style of the rich Gothic past in the 17th century. The two major activities you must excite are the fantastic courtyard with flying buttresses and splendid spiral columns and performances with the best jazz music and flamenco dance. Moreover, you also can view beautiful decorations and enjoy a drink.


  • Address: Carrer de Montcada 20, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: =34 933 10 06 73
  • Hours: 20:00 – 2:00
  • Website: http://palaudalmases.com

15. Castle of Lorca

The Lorca Castle is the hallmark of the city, also known as a symbol of power and the constant struggle between the Moorish kingdom of Granada and the Crown of Castile. In the front area, you can learn about history through exhibitions, workshops, and special activities during the year. The castle also offers some sections for people who want to hold celebrations and events. During the visit, you can join in the guided tours, cafeteria, souvenir shop and more.


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