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But you may be wondering: what is historical reenactment? It is an activity that strictly imitates the lifestyles and customs of a determined period in time. The participant are called "reenactors."
And here, you are with these reenactors: people dedicated to studying and reconstructing life in the Middle Ages, from warriors and craftsmen to doctors, monks, lords and peasants. These are not actors in costume. They are true specialists in Living History and use entirely real clothing.
With the reenactors, you can see, enjoy and feel the recreated period. You can ask them all the questions you want and interact with them. This way, you can discover how people lived and felt in a time in the not-so-distant past. They are experts in the period they recreate, so they can help make it more real for you. You can observe how they work, fight and live...and even how they die.
- All day
Exhibition of medieval combat training by the Ursus Custodes group, in the Castle gardens of free access.
You can enjoy this event by adquiring your general pass for the Castle of Manzanares el Real.
- 2 Hours.
This activity take place from 11:30 to 13:30 the days:
- June, 1st and 2nd
- September, 8
- October, 6
Through this activity we would like to recall a historical fact, show our culture, traditions and customs. We want to make people see the value of our history as an instrument of culture and progress, helping the next generations to learn how to protect a legacy that we are passing on to them. The historical-artistic heritage of Alcalá del Júcar and also the natural features and landsape.
The historical recreation is something quite new in Spain. It’s an event that pursues the rigorous imitation of the forms of life and customs of a certian period. Those in charge of living and transmitting this period are so called ‘recreationists’. Using real clothing and armor they accurately reproduce the lifestyles of a period and place.
This way people can see how our precedents used to live. They are experts on how to bring back to life a certain period and create suitable atmosphere so people can see how our precedents used to work, fight and live. It also shows what clothes people used to wear for different professions (office clerks, surgeons, archers etc.) and a demonstration of swordfight and the final battle. In addition, the local people also have the opportunity to participate in the historical recreation dressed in typical clothes.
The ticket includes a free visit with a possibility to join a tour carried out by a member of staff in morning or afternoon sessions. The visit is 3 hours long. It starts in the esplanade with an explanation of authentic clothing and then it follows to the courtyard where the swordfight takes place and it continues to the castle’s halls where people can see how different professions used to be carried out.
Saturday 08 and Sunday 09 of June.
- Morning Visit: 3 h
- Evening: 3 h
Mediaval activities, tournament, jousting, camp and street markets, among others.
The admission ticket does not give access to the castle, only to the different medieval-themed activities in the garden and stockade. Normally this activity is coordinated with Manzanares el Real Town Hall, recreating life in a medieval encampment, with activities such as jousting, falconry exhibitions, medieval market, etc.
- Two days or two and a half days, to be held approximately on the first or second weekend of June.
This is an activity held at night with the castle closed to the public. The silence is only broken by the characters who live in the Knights Templar fortress, trapped in time as if they were alive. Pope Luna, the Knights Templar, the stonemasons and those who inhabited the dungeons emerge from the shadows to show us the monument. Magic, history and reality come together in an unbeatable setting.
These visits are usually held in June, July, August and September.
Capacity limited to 100 people.
- 2 Hours
The Torre Palacio de los Orgaz was built in the late 14th/early 15th century by the House of Mendoza—one of the most powerful families in Álava—to facilitate control over the main transport route for salt from Añana. The family controlled the route to Castile to the south and towards the ports of the Cantabrian Sea to the north.
Would you like to find out how people lived in the Middle Ages, who ordered the tower’s construction and how the stonemasons worked? Would you like to be knighted? Come join our dramatised visits to find out more. We use theatrical performances to pique interest and create enjoyment and learning throughout the unique spaces in the Torre Palacio de los Condes de Orgaz.
The visits are themed and brought to life by people whose mission it is to help us interpret and discover the history of the tower and the castle. Visitors participate directly in the dramatised visits and become the characters in the story.
You will also discover the Santa Catalina Botanical Garden. Extending across 32,500 square metres and rising and falling between 605 and 675 metres above sea level, it houses the ruins of an ancient palace, convent and church as well as the remains of ancient terraces. It is currently under the ownership of Iruña de Oca Town Hall. This institution has led the restoration of the space, transforming it into a site that combines environmental education, recreation and an encounter with nature. It provides a model for new creative relationships between man and the natural environment.
The joint visit takes place on the third Sunday in April, May, June, July, September and October.
- 8 Hours
Dramatized guided tour by actors that takes place in the different rooms of the castle in which scenes from everyday life of the past time are recreated. It is the History of the castle told by this characters.
Each season is dedicated to specific historical moment. In 2017 was dedicate to the visit of Queen Isabel the Catholic to Sanlúcar.
In 2018, as a prelude to such a marked event, it was dedicate to the first Earth Circumnavigation.
These visits are only available during the summer season and specific times. Also on request. Please, check availability.
- 2 hours
Concert series of chamber music in the old Templar Chapel located in the Palace of the Castle. On Thursdays, in July and August, the chamber music groups perform varied repertoires. This admission ticket has nothing to do with the admission fee to access the Castle.
- 1 h 30 minutes
The Templar Night is the recreation of a fantastic medieval event. Under the light of the first full moon of summer, Frey Guido de Garda, Master of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, returns to Ponsferrata (the city of the Iron Bridge) to seal with it a pact of eternal friendship and to give this city the custody of the symbols found in the sacred land of Jerusalem: the sacred Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. The Templar entourage is welcomed in the Glorieta del Temple (square) by thousands of people dressed in medieval costumes who, in parade, are going towards the Castle.
The celebration of this holiday, which is of great cultural and tourist interest and has an important social, economic and cultural impact, attracts the attention of thousands of visitors and media and includes the scheduling of very different activities related to the Templar world. There is a variety of main activities, which take place on a regular basis and which are fixed permanently in the schedule. They are known as “La quiebra de la Luna (The moon break)”, “La Ordenación Templaria de Caballeros y Damas (The Templar Order of Knights and Ladies)”, “La Cena Templaria (The Templar Dinner)”, “Nombramiento del Gran Maestre (The Appointment of the Grand Master)”, “El Desfile Templario (The Templars Parade)”, “El Mercado Templario (The Templar Market)” and the “Jornadas Gastronómicas Templarias (The Templar Gastronomic Fair)”. Around these events, a wide range of cultural, recreational and gastronomic activities is held
Lunch and / or private dinners for groups of up to 40 people, with total privacy and exclusivity. It can be done with catering service (in this case we rent the space) or with our menus, with the owners who cook.
Only by reservation.
- 4 Hours approx.
Since 1997 the castle keep is the headquarters of the Foundation of the House of Alburquerque. Founded by Ioannes Osorio y Bertrán de Lis, XIX Duke of Alburquerque, satisfying the wish of his father Beltrán Osorio y Díez de Rivera, XVIII Duke and head of the house of Juan de Borbón, Count of Barcelona.
The keep can be reached by a spiral staircase, which leads to the first room. A circular space with a stonework vault topped with the coat of arms of Álvaro de Luna, who enjoyed the trust and favour of Enrique IV of Castilla. This is the documents room, where all the historical documentation of the Archives of the House of Alburquerque, one of the most important noble archives in Spain, is kept.
In the documents room, its archivist-director will offer the visitor a sample of the type of historical documentation that is kept in the keep, whose documentation chronologically ranges from 1155 to 1994.
The archive is made up of the documentation generated by 31 noble titles. In addition, it also houses the Cuéllar Municipal Historical Archive and the Villa y Tierra Cuéllar Community Archive.
- 50 Minutes
Enjoy a very special activity, in intimacy or in family: a private picnic with local products in one of the towers of the medieval castle of Buñol. The panoramic view and the surroundings will make this experience a memorable one.
We have two Towers, and a maximum of 4 persons will be welcome for Tower.
Possibility of a private guided tour of the premises of the Castle.
10 euros will be charged that will be returned once the menage has been checked
The calçots, a kind of spring onion, cooked on a Chardonnay branch of the farm, are served in the old cellar. And the second course and dessert in the main dining room. Includes prior and private visit to the castle.
Calçotadas for private groups of up to 40 guests, with total privacy and exclusivity and where the service is given by the owners themselves.
- 4 Hours
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