Castles near Madrid.
There is plenty of castles near Madrid.
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The provinces that surround Madrid are called Castilla because of the number of castles there are.
Why so many?
In the middle Age in Europe nobles occupied their time doing three things. a) Going hunting. b) making war on their neighbors. c) Going to the crusades to Jerusalem.
In Spain, with the Arab occupation, the nobles did the same but instead of going to Jerusalem, they did what is called the Reconquest in Spain, which lasted 8 centuries.
The way to convince Christians that the earth was already Christian was to build a castle. The border was continually changing.
In the 16th century, King Felipe II decided that the capital of Spain would not be Toledo, Valladolid, Segovia, Seville or Burgos. He decided that the capital would be a city called Madrid. He did it because he wanted to take power away from the nobles and the Church. He told the nobles that if they wanted to remain powerful they should leave their castles and follow the leader to Madrid.
For all of the above, there are a lot of castles around Madrid from the Middle Ages that can be visited.
Which ones do we suggest you visit?
1h 38 mins 138 kms Option 7, 8, 10
1h 38 mins 167 kms Option 1, 7, 9, 11
1h 26 min 119 kms Option 7, 11
1h 23 mins 108 kms Option 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9
1 h 44 mins 150 kms Option 2,12
2 h 6 mins 188 kms Option 3, 5, 12, 13
1 h 59 mins 180 kms Option 13,14
1 h 46 mins 148 kms Option 4
1h 30 mins 130 kms Option 4, 6
1 h 42 mins 167 kms Option 5
1 h 29 mins 128 kms Option 2, 15
1 h 75,8 kms Option 6
1 h 47 160 kms Option 14, 15