Taking a couple of weeks I had to stay in Madrid for professional reasons, we devote the weekend, in addition to seeing family and friends, to make cultural visits. In this case we approach the beautiful castle of Manzanares el Real, a classic weekend for the locals.
The pictures speak for themselves. The castle stands on a small hill next to the Santillana reservoir and at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama, forming a nice set of nature and history.
It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931 and is one of the most beautiful castles and best preserved in Spain.
Square floor plan and built of granite, the corners are flanked with four circular towers and the Tower of Homage hexagonal, all crenellated battlements and decorated with balls that make you look attractive and appealing. The fort is also surrounded by a line of walls battlements also give it a more defensive but also further enhance the beauty of the whole.
Inside there is a large central courtyard with two galleries, the first floor is considered the most beautiful of Spanish medieval architecture.
The history of the castle dates back to the XIII century Manzanares and disputes between Madrid and Segovia to seize the fertile lands bordering the high Manzanares. In the fourteenth century, Peter I of Castile gives this land to his steward, Pedro Gonzalez de Mendoza and is the eldest son who is credited with building the old castle, remains which still can be seen also in Manzanares el Real .
It is the late fifteenth century when the House of Mendoza decides to build a new fortified palace according to political and economic power had reached, however cease to be official residence in 1566 on the death of Inigo Lopez de Mendoza y Pimentel, fourth Duke the Infantry, due to disputes over inheritance.
In 1914 the Duchy of the Infantry undertook the first restoration of the building, however it will be in the sixties and seventies when performing consolidation works have given good looks like today, although they have had to rebuild many elements , especially indoors.
The castle still belongs to the Duke of Infantry which ceded for 60 years to the Community of Madrid and this in turn has become Spanish castles museum, library and exhibition of a collection of tapestries.
The visit of the whole interior is very nice, this time we believe it has made a small historic route quality, relying on texts, objects and remains in good bill, it's worth getting lost both internally and by the upper terraces, for its towers, turrets and battlements. In addition, the views are spectacular Sierra de Guadarrama, invest snowed in will be amazing.
We ate there in Green Pond, a classic Manzanares, based on natural mushrooms grilled, sirloin of kid, steak ... well overall biological, value / for money, no objection. Very grateful to the cups of broth on the house before eating, and it was a cold Sunday in February .
And from here, back to Valencia ...