Very close to La Pedriza, at the foothills of Sierra de Guadarrama, discover one of the best preserved treasures in the Region: The Castle of Manzanares El Real. Walk through the various halls and rooms and let yourself be taken on a journey into the past with its dramatized visits, what are you waiting for to live it?
History of the Castle
Built in 1475 on a Romanesque-Mudejar chapel in honor of Santa Maria de la Nava, the palace-fortress of the Mendoza family is today one of the best preserved in the Community of Madrid. It is the most emblematic of the region and the jewel of Madrid's fortifications. In it was signed in 1983 the Statute of Autonomy of the Community of Madrid.
The castle, of Elizabethan Gothic style, is an important example of the Castilian military architecture of the 15th century. Although it was initially created as a defensive fortress, it was quickly transformed into the residential palace of the Mendoza family. It has been restored several times and in 2005 the Community of Madrid, which currently manages the Castle, carried out improvement works to create an Interpretation Center and a new Audiovisual Room, where visitors can learn about the history of the castle in an interactive way. In addition, the permanent exhibition rooms were enlarged and the art collections were restored. Its most recent addition is the Renaissance Garden, completed in 2013.
Throughout the year you can make free themed tours on weekends outside the castle, and dramatized visits. A journey through time in which you will discover the history of the monument and its era.
On Saturdays and Sundays, the little ones can enjoy participating in children's workshops developing their imagination: "castle builders" and "the environment in El Real de Manzanares" And in the palenque of the castle will also take place in September and October exhibitions of medieval combat for all audiences.
More info: Manzanares el Real Castle
Image credits: Hugo Fernández. Region of Madrid