Magalia Castle-palace is highlighted by its fortifications, crowned by two large defence towers, while inside is like a refined renaissance residential Palace for accommodation and leisure.
Located in a privileged and natural geographic enclave, its installations are adapted to today’s needs to make it the ideal place to combine work and relaxation, with all the comforts of a modern hotel and the charm of a mansion. Built in the 16th century, with the outside appearance of a castle and the refined interior of a renaissance palace, the building was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1931.
The main facade is a preview to the peace that radiates inside, with its four main balconies, its renaissance windows and the arched front door, which leads onto a spacious hallway with majestic stone steps.
Built in 1533 by the first Marquises of Las Navas, the history of the Magalia Castle Palace is closely linked to this marquisate. Sixteen marquises made pacts and alliances with other nobles throughout history, to transform and enhance the Castle Palace, which at the beginning of the 18th century united the family through marriage with the Duchy of Medinaceli. In 1906, it was sold to the company Unión Resinera Española, and in 1946 it was donated to the Female Section, who converted it into a teacher training college. Finally, in 1976, after the disappearance of the Secretariat General of the Movement, it was transferred to the Ministry of Culture.
Ängsö Castle was first named as "Engsev" in a royal charter by king Canute I of Sweden (r. 1167-1196), in which he stated that he had inherited the property after his father Eric IX of Sweden. Until 1272, it was owned by the Riseberga Abbey, and then taken over by Gregers Birgersson.
From 1475 until 1710, it was owned by the Sparre family. The current castle was built as a fortress by riksråd Bengt Fadersson Sparre in the 1480s. In 1522, Ängsö Castle was taken after a siege by king Gustav Vasa, since its owner, Fadersson's son Knut Bengtsson, sided with Christian II of Denmark. However, in 1538 it was given by the king to Bengtsson's daughter Hillevi Knutsdotter, who was married to Arvid Trolle.
In 1710, the castle was taken over by Carl Piper and Christina Piper. Ängsö Castle was owned by the Piper family from 1710 until 1971, and is now owned by the Westmanna foundation. The castle building itself was made into a museum in 1959 and was made a listed building in 1965. It is currently opened to visitors during the summers.
The castle is a cubical building in four stores made by stone and bricks. The lower parts is preserved from the middle ages. It was redecorated and expanded in the 1630s. The 4th storey as well as the roof is from the expansion of Carl Hårleman from 1740-41. It gained its current appearance in the 1740s.