Spain is known to be one of the most beautiful countries to visit. It was once the most influential and wealthiest country in the world, ruled by powerful nobles who have turned it into a place of rich heritage and passionate culture. Nowadays, it attracts throngs of tourists to its shores the whole year-round, with its medieval castles and palaces, historical relics as well as top-of-the-line beaches, making it one of the most beautiful and iconic destinations in all of Europe. In order to make of your trip a royal experience, you could rent a luxury car online on Primerentcar to travel through Spain and drive past intriguing towns and cities to see the following palaces and castles.
- Alhambra – Find your way to the castle of Alhambra in Granada to see for yourself how grand this building is. Translated to “Red Castle,” it is the most famous in the country and there is no other ancient fortress to compare with it. You will be amazed by the painstaking and intricate architectural details put into building this citadel which clearly reflect the influence of the Moors who lived in it for a long time. Book your ticket in advance since the number of visitors is limited due to its popularity.
- Alcazar of Segovia – This is a castle like no other in Spain since it has a fairytale-like appearance, complete with spires and turrets. It is a romantic architectural piece that used to be a fortress where royalty used to stay such as Isabela I who was crowned in 1474. It was also the venue of the wedding of Philip II’s wedding to Anne of Austria, his fourth wife. It was then used as a military academy. In Arabic, Alcazar means royal residence.
- Castle of Olite – The royalty of the Kingdom of Navarre used this as one of the seats of their court. It stands on the site of 1st century Roman ruins wherein construction begun several centuries later. Various monarchs added to the building over the years, mixing various architectural styles. The castle has towers, courtyards and gardens that make it such a picturesque site.
- Peñafiel Castle – With a length of about 150 meters, it is one of the longest castles. It is located on a hill in the town of Penafiel in Valladolid Province. It was constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries. At night, when the castle is lit up, it makes such an impressive sight. At present, it houses a wine museum on one wing while another can only be visited on guided tours.
- Coca Castle – This three-sided castle is unique in all of Spain ( watch video). It was built into a hillside to provide defense from invading armies who attack from the rear. Its architecture is reflective of Moorish influence but was constructed by Christians in the mid-15th century. The interior was ruined in the last century but the exterior still retains its traces of Moorish traces. It is open to the public but can be visited on guided tours only. It is easily accessible from Segovia as a side trip.