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Castillo de los Mendoza (Castillo nuevo de Manzanares El Real)

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Beautiful, well preserved and great live theatrical act

I have visited many castles in different parts of Spain and Europe. This is among the most... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Quintessential castle

I'm a big fan of castles, this one has many secrets inside and so many rooms to visit full of... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
Western Australia, Australia
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Calle Castillo 0, 28410 Manzanares el Real, Spain
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have visited many castles in different parts of Spain and Europe. This is among the most beautiful and well preserved/restored. You have the option to buy a ticket to only enter the castle and its premises or to add a theatrical performance by two...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

I'm a big fan of castles, this one has many secrets inside and so many rooms to visit full of tapestries and interesting things. Go there in summer if you can handle heat, almost no tourists in sight (I saw two people the entire time)...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

This castle is located just about 1 hour away from Madrid. The drive here is beautiful! The lake and mountains nearby makes it such a relaxing place. The palace itself is not very big, unlike the one in Segovia or Ponferrada. The day we came,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

This castle is charming and also renovating, big and not overwhelming so you can get through in a comfortable 90 minutes and get going around with your sightseeing. Many good corners to enjoy a bit of ambience of history and nice that you can get...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Unfortunately it was closed for the day, I got there too late, I could only take a few pictures on the exterior. I went to Aranjuez, El Escorial, San Ildefonso and Segovia, all in one day and had to leave this one for the last....More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

A restoration project which is more amazing with each visit, walk through with self guide and look over the walls to the town near by or gaze up to the Sierra which is a National Park to the north or South to the lake, not...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The castle in our village is well worth a visit, nicely restored with great views of the reservoir. One thing,to go up and down and see the whole thing you have some very tight spiral staircases. Check their website too as they have events.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

If you are in Madrid, it's a must! It's only one hour from downtown. If you have time, I suggest to visit all Guadarrama area (Manzanares, Pedriza, Navacerrada, Rascafría). If you have only one day, visit Segovia, but stop here for a brunch for a...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Found this gem on the way to hiking at the National Park nearby. Wonderful tour for only €5. My friend and I spent over an hour on the grounds marveling at the 15th Century architecture. One of the few castles I've been to that allow...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

Attractively restored castle with a fascinating history. We went on a very good guided tour (in Spanish) which covering the history, the outer walls and a part of the interior with its ruined church which you can only see as part of a group. You...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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I am 70 years old. Planning to meet my younger brother in Seville on June 11 after he and his wife complete the Camino Frances en junio. I will travel earlier on June 2, and was planing to spend 6 nights in Segovia and 3 nights in Toledo, while visiting castles (Alcázar de Segovia, La Mota, Peñafiel, Manzanares El Real, Coca).. I will rent a car, but I have no feeling for the time necessary to move around. Is it realistic to visit so many castles in so few days? Most of the castles send "head of the line" tickets... are there usually long lines to enter the castles? Is it worth the extra money for "head of the line" tickets? I visited Madrid two years ago. Some of the lines were terribly long, too long to wait. Can I expect this everywhere. And while I'm asking, would it perhaps be possible to book local guides "when" I get there, or do I have to schedule everything in advance and book guides now? Thanks.
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Response from 365Explore | Reviewed this property |
Hi Early June is good time to visit Spain and castles, as children are at school and there are not so many local tourists around. Some of these castles at locations that are small cities in Spain should not get too crowded... More