CASTLES

Spain has catalogued more than 10,000 castles of all periods of its history, but only a limited number of them have survived to this day in a reasonable state of preservation.

Castle is a word that comes from the Latin "castellun", which refers to the place of strong construction, fencing walls, bastions, spotlights and other fortifications. Its origin goes back to the Roman “castros” and its construction is evolving for more than 1,000 years along, throughout the middle ages and the beginning of the Renaissance, since the first watchtowers to large stately castles of the fifteenth and beginning of the 16th centuries.

Spain Heritage Network has selected the most emblematic castles in Spain and those that are in a better condition, which can be accessed in the form of cultural tour, accommodation, restaurant or else offered the possibility of renting to celebrate any type of event.

Select the most attractive proposal through our search engine and enjoy our castles. We invite you to learn about the history of Spain through its castles, palaces and fortifications.

PALACES

As well as Spain has a large number of castles listed, there are also a large number of palaces scattered throughout the Spanish geography that contribute in a significant way to the enrichment of our historical heritage.

SPAIN HERITAGE NETWORK offers the exciting experience of visiting the most important ones from an historical and artistic point of view.

When the use of castles declined throughout the 16th century after the unification of the kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula, the nobles moved to more comfortable and luxurious homes, building large stately palaces at the main cities and villages of Spain. .

Many of these palaces are still inhabited to this day, and its owners have opened them to the public to make known the history of such singular buildings and its most prominent characters, as well as some important collections of art accumulated with the passing of the centuries. Other palaces have passed into the hands of both public and private bodies in order to preserve its rich historical legacy allowing their visit to the public.

SPAIN HERITAGE NETWORK has selected for you the most iconic palaces of Spain, those that are in a better condition, which can be accessed in the form of cultural tour, accommodation, restaurant or else offered the possibility of renting to celebrate any type of event. Please select the most attractive proposal through our search engine and enjoy our palaces.

We invite you to learn about the rich history of Spain, its landscapes, people, cuisine, customs and culture through our network of castles and palaces that will take you from the best known cities to the most remote villages of our geography. Through Spain Historical Heritage Network, you will discover stunning palaces many of them still little known to the general public.

We invite you to learn about the history of Spain through its castles, palaces and fortifications.

ROYAL PALACES

The Royal palaces are the houses of the members of the Spanish Royal family or of the Royal families of the kingdoms which coexisted on the Iberian peninsula prior to the unification of Spain completed at the beginning of the 16th century with the incorporation of Navarre to the Crown of Castile.

Are considered Royal residences the places where they live and work, or use them as houses of summer recreation or for special purposes, for the King or Queen in power (who represents the head of State), its consort and their direct offspring, their children, princes and princesses.

There may be private residences, inhabited by members of the Royal family; official residence, where they have their offices or serve for receptions or official visits; of summer residences, vacation or for special purposes; or historical residences, which were inhabited by members of the Royal family in the past, but not anymore.

Usually they are palaces located in the nation's capital and other cities, which the Royal House have obtained or built throughout its history. These palaces, usually large, have a great number of rooms, private rooms, parties’ large salons, banquets areas, music hall, art galleries, and are predisposed in a central body and one or two side wings. Also have large and beautiful gardens, or even a hunting forest.

In Spain, the majority of the Royal residences are open to the public (the exception is the private residence); be it all the year or when the monarch is not present. They have interesting museums relating to the history of the Royal House or the monarchy in general. In addition you can visit the gardens, some rooms or lounges and, where appropriate, the graves of former monarchs.

In Spain the Royal residences are framed in the Royal Places handled by the National Heritage, which is an organization dependent of the State.

You will find also included in our selection, other royal palaces or royal castles-palaces, not handled by National Heritage State Agency.

We invite you to learn about the rich history of Spain, its landscapes, cities and villages, gastronomy, customs and culture through our network of castles and palaces that take you from the best known cities to the most remote villages of our geography. Through Spain Heritage Network you will discover impressive Royal palaces many of them still little known to the general public.

We invite you to learn about the history of Spain through its castles, palaces, and fortifications.

WALLED ENCLOSURE

Spain has catalogued more than 10,000 castles of all phases of its history and a great number of walled enclosures and fortifications.

SPAIN HERITAGE NETWORK has selected the most emblematic fortifications and walled enclosures of Spain and those in better condition for your enjoyment.

With this selection, we want to show you all the fortifications and walled enclosures of greater historical importance together. It includes cities and walled villages whose defences you can access and visit. Some of these walled enclosures are castles with great defences but which lacks additional works, but just because the walls are awesome, it deserves to be visited. Select the most attractive proposal through our search engine and enjoy our historic heritage.

We invite you to learn about the rich history of Spain, its landscapes, cities and villages, gastronomy, customs and culture through our network of castles and palaces that take you from the best known cities to the most remote villages of our geography. Through Spain Heritage Network you will discover stunning walled enclosures many of them still little known to the general public.

We invite you to learn about the history of Spain through its castles, palaces and fortifications.

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