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“One day trip with the walk and a 'classic' castle”

Castillo de los Mendoza (Castillo nuevo de Manzanares El Real)
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Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“One day trip with the walk and a 'classic' castle”
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 from the amazing views from the towers! I liked that you don't go from one room to another, but you are literally getting lost inside :-) Take the bus no. 724 from Madrid - Plaza de Castilla or parking space right in front of the castle.

Visited February 2014
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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San Diego, California
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37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice castle, but not much to see inside”
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.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A 'classic' castle thats great for adults and children”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Springville, Utah
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176 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“We still liked Belmonte Castle better”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“It's a "REAL" Castle. Looks like the story book thing”
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!

Visited July 2013
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