Ciria Castle

Ciria, Spain

Ciria Castle was built to protect the passage from Bilbilis to Numancia during the Moorish era. Later Ciria was linked to the border disputes between Castilians and Aragonese. In 1430 the Aragonese king seized the castles of Ciria and Borobia.

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Calle Carretera 30, Ciria, Spain
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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Alberto Diez (6 months ago)
Nice remains of a castle located in an imposing place. Easy walk from town. You may see vultures "watching".
Paco Muñoz (7 months ago)
Very nice to see
Pere Lopez (8 months ago)
A place to go.
César Carazo (8 months ago)
Rock castle that defended the border of Castile with the Kingdom of Aragon. It is worth going up and seeing the views A pity that the Junta de Castilla y León does not consolidate its walls.
Julián Sánchez (14 months ago)
Splendid landscapes, with a lot of history, highly recommended
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