From Castile to Andalucia and the Basque Country; tour through these traditional towns and be transported back in time with a visit to one of these pretty palaces. Whether you’re enjoying a week-long road trip or a two-day city break, here are 15 must-see Spanish castles.
Coca Castle, Segovia, Castille and León. You can just imagine Rapunzel stuck up in one of the turrets, or Sleeping Beauty passed out beside her spinning wheel in this fairytale fortress in central Spain. Coca Castle is a chocolate box kind of place; one of the finest examples of Spanish Gothic-Mudejar architecture, towering above the River Voltoya. It was in ruins until the beginning of the century but today stands proudly as a National Historic Landmark. Don’t miss the keep and the beautiful vaulted ceiling decorated with geometric mosaics in the armoury.
Castillo de Butrón, Vizcaya, Basque Country. Looking for a luxury Spanish holiday home that comes complete with medieval dungeon? Well check out this Bavarian-style bolthole in Spain’s Basque Country. Renovated in the nineteenth century, Castillo de Butrón is now up for sale and looking for a loving new owner who will appreciate the castle’s large living quarters, courtyard and library. Situated in dense 
woodland, it’s the perfect hideaway to detox from modern life.
Templar Castle in Ponferrada, León, Castille and León. Once a fortress of the Knights Templar, this charming castle has been shaped over many centuries of renovation and expansion. Located on more than 8000 square metres of land, Templar Castle dominates the skyline over the 
crossing of Rivers Boeza and Sil. Unfortunately, in the 19th and early 20th century some of the building was lost and walls were demolished to erect a football field. Luckily, in 1923 it was declared a National Monument and it has now been restored and open to the public.
Loarre Castle, Huesca, Aragón. Another 
blockbuster building, Loarre Castle starred in the 2005 movie, Kingdom of Heaven. Built in the eleventh century, two of the original towers survive, the Tower of the Queen and the Homage Tower, the climb the top of which is well worth it for the stunning views across the forrests and lush Spanish landscape. Hear the walls speak; take the audio tour and be transported back to a time of chivalrous knights and lavish ladies.
Until tomorrow: A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. 

Dorothy Prats
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