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Castillo de los Mendoza (Castillo nuevo de Manzanares El Real)

Manzanares el Real, Spain
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Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This historical site is an excellent choice if you are looking for a small getaway from Madrid. Only located an easy 40 minute bus ride from Madrid, Castillo de los Mendoza sits above the little town of Manzanres el Real and the Pedriza national park. It has the classic medieval castle look, with its tall towers and outer stone walls.... More

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Madrid, Spain
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The castle is located in the beautiful town of Manzanares overlooking a very big lake (reservoir) and at the foot of the massif of the Pedriza (a national park). The castle has been well maintained and has a lot of information about its history and the history of the region. It is a bit like a labyrinth, you just keep... More

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Paris, France
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

A big group of us (about 20) went. Kids were aged between 5 - 9 years old. We'd pre-booked a guided tour, which cost (I think) about 8€ for adults and 4€ for kids, although I really can't remember exactly. So, our tour guides arrived. They were 2 actors, in full costume, who gave a very informative, perfectly timed, and... More

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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

I recommend Manzanares el Real for a one day trip with a walk in a nice countryside and mountains, started/finished with a visit at the castle. The walks to the lake and to the mountains take you 1-3 hours depending on the pace and how much you enjoy the countryside. There is not much to see inside the castle, apart... More

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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

I guess i'm getting picky, because i've seen a lot of castles now. This is an absolutely magnificent building located in a very pretty area, but inside it's been renovated and is largely a replica of original structure. It was still worth the drive for me.

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Madrid, Spain
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I'd recommend about an hour or so to get around this picture perfect castle. There is parking right outside and the cost of the ticket a 5 euro per adult (no credit cards) was good value. Although there is not of English in the displays, there is still plenty to look at and children will enjoy something that conforms to... More

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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67 reviews 67 reviews
45 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The first time we went here, it was a Monday and we couldn't get in. We made a special trip on a Saturday afternoon. It wasn't busy at all. We caught the bus from Principe Pio Station. It took about 50 minutes. The bus stops right at the castle basically. The displays were excellent as they told the history of... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

First of all this town is a real treat. We made a day trip & walked the circular route. It was a fabulous day. Up & down the mountains, glorious mountain views and we even stopped for a foot dunk down in the river. Sadly the Castle was closed on Mondays so we never got inside. But it was so... More

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Madrid
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155 reviews 155 reviews
45 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

The guided visits are quite exhaustive and well paced. Fee not required just to have a walk around outside gardens. Nice.

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Lima, Peru
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We visited the castle during the week (Thursday) as an opportunity to see some of medieval Spain. Our understanding is that on weekends there is a different tour with actors. During the week you are pretty much on your own. We used the bus service out of Madrid (40 minutes from station Plaza de Castilla, down on basement level 3,... More

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