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“Nice castle, but not much to see inside”

Castillo de los Mendoza (Castillo nuevo de Manzanares El Real)
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Reviewed November 28, 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.

Thank Drungarius
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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 their concept of a castle. 10 minutes walk into the town and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Thank benedick
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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 the castle and the reconstruction. The views of the mountains and the reservoir are beautiful. Plan to spend 60-90 minutes here and then visit the rest of the town, especially the main plaza. The gardens are not impressive. No privacy in the bathrooms. Don't miss going down or up the stone circular staircase. The wooden circular staircase is very well done.

Thank Kelly G
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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 cool from the outside. You must make a day trip to this town and walk the circular route. It is a real treat. But bring plenty of water as in one gallon per person or you will run out and be sorry!

The mountains are so beautiful they are stunning. And the buses from Madrid run every 25-30 minutes, each way, all day. If you love the outdoors and are looking for something DIFFERENT to do in Madrid visit the town of Manzanares El Real. You won't regret it. And don't forget to take a dunk down in the River!

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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.

Thank jisierra
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