Those responsible in Spain for Lonely Planet began months ago to carry out several macro-surveys on Instagram about the traveling tastes of Internet users. They have been asked, for example, about the most beautiful inland towns, the best beach or the best national park. The results of these investigations do not have an objective validity, but they fuel an interesting tourist debate and can encourage us, in any case, to prepare our next routes as soon as possible.
This time the question (which is the most beautiful castle in Spain?) Had a difficult answer. 60,000 Internet users participated in the survey, with this result: winner, Loarre Castle (Huesca), perhaps the best preserved romantic castle in Europe; finalist, the Alcazar of Segovia, both spectacular and very symbolic of their respective territories.
In third and fourth position, the travelers chose the castles of Cardona (Barcelona) and Butrón (Vizcaya). And twelve other strengths participated in the competition: Manzanares (Madrid), Morella (Castellón), Belmonte (Cuenca), Medina del Campo (Valladolid), Coca (Segovia), Almodóvar del Río (Córdoba), Javier (Navarra), Bellver ( Mallorca), Trujillo (Cáceres), Olite (Navarra), Peñafiel (Valladolid) and Ponferrada (León).
Loarre Castle gained world fame in 2005, when it was shot to the big screen by film director Ridley Scott, who shot there “The Kingdom of Heaven”. Built in the 11th century, this castle is considered one of the best examples of Spanish Romanesque military and civil architecture. Declared a National Monument in 1905, this fortress has a 172-meter perimeter wall, equipped with turrets, which covers an area of 10,000 square meters and protects the castle buildings. Much of the original spaces of this construction are preserved in good condition, such as the chapel, the crypt or the monumental church integrated into this complex.
Alcazar of Segovia
A castle with the appearance of a fairytale palace, built on a rock mound between the Clamores and Eresma rivers. It dates from the early 12th century and was a royal residence since Alfonso VIII. It was restored in the 19th century after a fire, managing to recover the Mudejar coffered ceilings and the decoration of most of the rooms. Its Tower of Homage, often compared to the prow of a ship sailing between rivers, is a must. Their stays were the resting place of Alfonso X the Wise (1221-1284), the astronomer king. From them came, on December 13, 1474, Isabel la Católica to be proclaimed. In its chapel the mass of vigils for the marriage of Felipe II and Ana de Austria (1570) was celebrated. It is currently open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00.