Just over an hour's journey from Cuenca or from Ciudad Real, Belmonte Castle is an ideal travel experience to contemplate a castle almost in perfect condition.
Considered of Cultural Interest, Belmonte Castle rises above the San Cristobal hill and from its turrets it offers formidable views of the extensive landscape of La Mancha of the carved fields that surround it and some windmill, a print that cannot be missing in the heart of the land of Quijote and Sancho.
Belmonte Castle Interior
Initially, we did not plan to visit Belmonte Castle in our travel plans. We came from Cuenca with the intention of passing by and arriving directly at Alcazar de San Juan. However, the simple view of the place from the road fascinated us and we decided to stop along the way.
The castle is located on a hill and it is surprising to see the good condition in which it is located. In fact, it is one of the best preserved castles in all of Spain and, without a doubt, offers a very real experience where it is very easy to put yourself in the shoes of one of our medieval ancestors.
How is the visit to Belmonte Castle
The castle It has been restored recently (2010) and throughout the fortification you will see a whole set of rooms set in the style of the time.
During the visit you can see a audiovisual about 10 minutes long, ideal to warm up and be located historically in the castle premises. Also, at the entrance they will offer you a audio guide with different languages so that we can visit the castle on our own.
On the ground we found different rooms set in the middle which gave rise to the initial construction of the castle. As we go up to the second level we will approach in time and travel to the nineteenth century, the time of Empress Eugenie de Montijo - wife of Napoleon III - who financed a great work to restore the castle.
To end the visit, we can climb the tower where you will enjoy splendid views to the extensive wrought fields of Castilla-La Mancha as well as a set of windmills and the town of Belmonte.
Belmonte Castle History
Views of the town of Belmonte from the top of the castle towers