Montuenga Castle in Soria, Spain forms part of the defensive line of the Jalón River set in a natural passage between the plateau and strategic basin of the Ebro. The area was subject to disputes, notable during the Castilian Civil War.

The castle is perched on a high hill, steep and long, from which it dominates the town of Montuenga de Soria. The remains of the building, two polygonal towers at each end, are joined by walls.

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Founded: Middle ages
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Evolución Natural (6 months ago)
Traces of our medieval history.
Dory Bueno Lazaro (11 months ago)
It's very good, it's worth seeing.
andre richardson (2 years ago)
This stop was EXACTLY the reason we chose to do a road trip through Spain. The wonderful little old towns and so many of these old lookout structures everywhere! We stopped at Montuenga because it seemed more accessible and closer than others we had passed. It wasn't preserved as well as some others we saw from a distance but the experience was worth it all the same. You can't be afraid to get out a do a little trekking if you want to experience life so bring some good shoes!
Oriella Innamorato (2 years ago)
It's an amazing view for a small stop on the motorway. Recommended.
Pedro Carchenilla (2 years ago)
The truth that impresses to see it up close as it is on top of a cliff and the town of Montuenga is at your feet that is where you look. You see a medieval castle built with walls three meters thick half demolished, with two towers on the sides and so high because the truth that you feel very small. It can be seen from the A-2 motorway at 3 kilometers from Montuenga. You can enter and the village is very quiet and hot in summer.
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