Vélez-Blanco Castle

Vélez-Blanco, Spain

According to an inscription in the courtyard, the Vélez-Blanco Castle was built between 1506 and 1515 after Fajardo received the lordship of the town from Ferdinand II and Isabella, took up residence there and was given the title of Marqués (1507) by Ferdinand, who was then regent. The heraldry of the principal areas of the castle, including the coat of arms of his second wife, Mencía de la Cueva, belongs to this period.

The castle is situated on a hill overlooking the town. An important aspect of this castle is its huge tower, Torre del Homenaje, which is over 20 m high, an emblematic element of the castle and a symbol of the power over the dominion. The stone structure, had wooden stairs, which could be removed in case of danger isolating the upper level as a last defense. There is a vast number of decorative elements topping its battlements. The building has been restored in stages during the second half of the 20th century, including the floors of the towers.

The fortified areas of the castle, particularly the defences and the Late Gothic east gallery of the courtyard, are examples of late 15th-century Spanish art.

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Founded: 1506
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Franziska Edwards (5 months ago)
Beautiful castle on top of the town. Free to enter and very well refurbished. Fantastic views over the town and surrounding mountains. Sadly no other languages on the plaques on the walls, but there is a QR code to download a brochure for free.
mark croft (13 months ago)
not too strenuous a walk from the car park and the rewards in the way of amazing views make this castle well worth the trip
Niall Dawson (15 months ago)
Nice castle on a nice town with excellent views
Glynis Paxton (2 years ago)
Entry is free. Sensitive restoration of this landmark building. Gives a good impression of the scale and atmosphere. Good views of the surroundings. Free parking at the base of the hill and also by the castle itself. Best found by taking the middle of the three Velez Blanco exits from the A315. Signs in Spanish only.
Andy Griffiths (2 years ago)
This was actually our second visit to this castle. The views from here are stunning. The castle itself is just a shell you can walk around. Beware if you are with children, there are some unprotected drops around the gallery area. You can walk around the outside perimeter but the route requires you to climb over jagged rocks so not suitable for all. Well with the visit if you are in the area.
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