There are numerous Spanish castles from movies that have been featured on the silver screen. In Spain, one can find examples of perfect fortresses, huge turrets, and battlements that have bewitched many directors that have given these castles key roles in their TV shows and movies.
Castillo de Almodóvar del Río (Córdoba)
We will begin this list of Spanish castles from movies with the Castillo de Almodóvar del Río. This impressive structure is a fortress with roots from multiple cultures, some of which are Muslim and Christian. All of the cultures have marked the architectural style of the castle, subjected to different reforms and renovations. It is located in the Cordovan region of Almodóvar del Río, above a rise of shores from the river Guadalquivir. This impressive defensive structure is currently a striking tourist destination, making for the perfect conservation of this medieval building.
In 2016 this fortress was part of the scenery for the seventh season of the exotic series Game of Thrones. It mainly portrayed the castle in Highgarden, although its dungeons were also used to represent the caves of Casterly Rock.
Castillo de Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara)
Situated on a slope that dominates the valley of the river Gallo looms defiantly the Castillo de Molina de Aragón. The fortress dates back to the 12th century, and its origin can be traced back to an alcazar that the Andalusians built. It is the biggest castle of those in Guadalajara and one of the Spanish castles that has appeared in the film industry. Throughout its history, it has been the subject of many disputes due to its strategic location between Aragón and Castilla. There are two parts of this castle: an exterior wall that surrounds the perimeter and the interior where you can find the castle.
Part of the cinematic adaptation of the work of Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose, was filmed in this grandiose fortress. Although the exteriors were filmed in a monastery constructed for the movie and the most important interiors were filmed in the Monestario de Eberbach, Friar Guillermo of Baskerville, played by Sean Connery, traversed the dark corridors of the Spanish castle in search of answers.
Castillo de Peñíscola (Peñíscola)
En lo alto de la localidad castellonense encontramos la imponente fortaleza de Peñíscola. Está asociada a la célebre película de El Cid (la versión protagonizada por Charlton Heston) y a la figura del Papa Luna, ya que allí se refugió hasta su muerte en 1423. Sus muros de piedra labrada se alzan imponentes sobre un peñón de roca que otorga a la fortaleza una localización privilegiada. El castillo conserva aún todas las particularidades de una construcción templaria, siendo uno de los más claros exponentes de dichas características.
Muchas escenas de la superproducción El Cid fueron rodadas entre sus muros. Peñíscola se convertía de esta manera en la ciudad árabe de Valencia del siglo XI. El equipo se rindió también ante la belleza de sus playas, otro de los escenarios decisivos en el rodaje. El castillo de Peñíscola es sin duda uno de los castillos españoles de cine más visitados.
Castillo de Loarre (Huesca)
In the province of Huesca we find this striking castle that appears to have been plucked from a children’s story. It is a Romanesque building situated in the entrance of the Pyrenees, a location that allows it to control the entire plain of “La Hoya.” It is considered the best kept Romanesque fortress in Europe, only having to restore 4% of its walls. Protecting the fortress is a spectacular rampart that mimics the ground, designed to confuse enemies. All of these elements made the Castillo de Loarre a Bien de Interés Cultural and Monumento Nacional in 1906.
The famous director Ridley Scott was enchanted by the beauty of this fortress. The castle was thus a key part of the filming of his movie Kingdom of Heaven. Like Scott, many other directors have used this castle for scenes in their movies, but this is the most well-known of the ones that did.
Castillo de Guadamur (Toledo)
The Castillo de Guadamur is an impressive and private structure from the 14th century situated in Toledo. It is a magnificent example of the Toledan fortresses of the 15th century with Italian influences. Note the two walled enclosures and a moat that, in its origin, was accompanied by a drawbridge. The building is presided over by the impressive Torre del Homenaje, measuring 30 meters (98 ft.) in height. Incidentally, Juana la Loca and Felipe el Hermoso spent part of their lives as lovers here.
The castle has served as scenery for many movies and TV shows with medieval courts thanks to the magnificent conservation. This, added to its great beauty, is why it has been enshrined as one of the Spanish castles used the most in the film industry. In recent years, the show The Borgias, Red Eagle, and The Divided Crown have been filmed here.