Rello Castle

Rello, Spain

The fortified town of Rello still maintains the original defensive walls and castle that were used as protection against civilisations that came from the south following the Douro River. It is the best-preserved walled enclosure in the province.

You can go inside through either one of the two gates located on the sides of the castle. The castle is protected by a fortified enclosure with circular and quadrangular towers that have elbow openings. The upper part of the towers are crowned with 15th-century machicolations and you can still see some remains of the keep, a water pool and a wall of the gate that separated the castle from the rest of the town.

In the outer enclosure, there are still gunboats in the lower section that were used for artillery.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Pablo A. Pérez (4 months ago)
Aldea situada en la Soria profunda y desabitada. Conserva íntegramente el aspecto mediaval con callejuelas estrechas, llenas de historia. Tanto el castillo como la muralla está en reformas que mejorará de sobremanera el conjunto. No deberían permitir aparcar vehículos en el interior pues desdice la imagen del conjunto histórico.
Juan Ortega Del Moral (4 months ago)
Precioso lugar. Estaba casi al 100% de obras de rehabilitación. Solo hemos podido dar un paseo por el casco urbano. Volveremos
Amparo Marcos (4 months ago)
Un pueblo,en mayúsculas, estaban de obras pero esta chulo.Me encantó la bajada al labadero
Bego Benito (4 months ago)
Maravilloso pueblecito medieval, muy bien conservado. Están rehabilitando la muralla que le rodea y el propio castillo. Las vistas desde la parte alta de la muralla, son espectaculares. Merece la pena visitar toda la zona que rodea Berlanga del Duero, está salpicado de muchos rincones preciosos de la época del medioevo. Sin duda alguna, Soria es un paraíso natural en toda su extensión. No dudes en visitarles.
ARTURO VAZQUEZ VIEJO (2 years ago)
Rello ❤?
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