Where to Find the Most Beautiful Castles in Europe
There are over 50 countries in Europe, all with their own unique charm, history and villas for rent, that bring global visitors every year. But one of the greatest attractions and hallmarks of Europe, is the striking and historical architecture still standing today – namely castles.
Since the Middle Ages, and as early at the 5th century, castles were built with abundance throughout Europe. Some as forts and defensive buildings, others used as homes for royalty. Today thousands of these buildings still remain intact, to tell the story of where they once stood.
If you’re planning a European trip, here are some of the finest castles to add to your list:
Castell de Eivissa – Ibiza
Towering over Ibiza Town, the superyachts and the Ibiza luxury rentals below is Castell de Eivissa. This huge 12th century fortress is unmissable, dominating the skyline from every angle of the town. This medieval fortress was built in the Punic period when it was ruled by the Arabs known as ‘Yebisah’. Much is left standing today, and it remains a UNESCO World Heritage site, very much worthy of your visit during a trip to the White Island. Bring a camera, a bottle of water and your best selfie-face and don’t miss the the 14th century gothic cathedral at the very top!
Alnwick Castle, England
Although Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe – the most famous in the UK belongs to Alnwick Castle on the Scottish/English border.
You might not have heard of it, but you will most certainly have seen it, for this is where the Harry Potter series of movies were filmed bringing the magic of Hogwarts to life.
Today it remains one of the UK’s largest inhabited castles, with tours and guests welcomed – extremely popular with American visitors. Nestled in the stunning Northumberland region, this austere building dates back to the historic Norman Conquest, making it all the more fascinating.
Château de Langoiran, Bordeaux
There is nothing more charming than a French Chateaux, so when in the delightful region of Bordeaux, make it your mission to visit de Langoiran. Not only is this one of the largest castles in France, but it boasts spellbinding views across the Garonne Valley, and is within easy reach of all the nearby villa rentals for visiting. Despite being built in the 13th century, it’s still stands proudly, as one of the great local attractions. It’s turbulent history paints a picture of a bygone era of France, making it all the most exciting to visit.
Castillo de Marbella – Spain
Spain’s rich history is best seen around its protected coastline. Marbella is one of these, and home to Castillo de Marbella – a 9th century construction erected during the reign of Abderramán III. This magnificent castle stands today as the backdrop to wedding parties, spectacular events and guests from around the world, coming to marvel at it’ sheer scale.
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