Castle of Manzanares El Real

c/ Cañada, s/n – 28410 Manzanares el Real (Madrid)

Cultural Visit

 

The castle was built in the 15th century by the 1st Duke of the Infantado, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza. The works were carried on by his son Íñigo López de Mendoza, who brought the architect Juan Guas into the project. Guas was one of the highest representatives of the late gothic style in Castile and the architect of the Catholic Monarchs.

The Dukes of the Infantado were the son and grandson of the Marquis of Santillana, the author of the renowned Serranillas genre of poetry. This building is the architectural hallmark of a society that bridged two eras, that of medieval chivalry (defensive elements such as the outer wall or the angled entry) and the renaissance humanist era, with its great drawing rooms, decorated façades and vantage points more often found in palaces.

Even though there was already a castle in the town, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza decided to build a new one from the materials of the old to create a building in keeping with the relevant position the ducal house was acquiring. The entire building is enhanced with the robust defensive outer wall and the wall walk. The castle has undergone successive refurbishments such as the one completed in 2007 involving various building works to create an interpretation centre and to refurbish the interior rooms, with a décor that sought to match the historical era of the collection of tapestries that bedeck the monument.

Furthermore, in recent times the castle’s landscaping has been reconditioned and a space created featuring different aspects of life as it was in the late 15th century. 

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Schedule

Open:

  • Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 6 pm. 

Garden and outside area, from 10 to 19.

Closed:

  • Monday
  • January 1 and 6, May 1, September 14, December 24, 25 and 31.

This schedule can be modified due extraordinaty activities.

Ticket office from 10:00 to 17.00

Location

Address:

Cañada Street, no number – 28410 Manzanares el Real (Madrid)

How to get there:
  • Departure from Madrid via Colmenar M-607 highway to link up with the M-609 in the direction of Colmenar Viejo. The route then links up with the M-862 and finally with the M-608. 53 kilometres in total from Madrid city.
  • Bus- Line 724. Departure from the underground transport interchange of Plaza de Castilla. Madrid.
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