Text and photo: Antonio Colmenar.
One of the best inhabited castles in Spain is in Malpica de Tajo (Toledo), on the left bank of the famous river and whose water serves as a natural pit on one of its sides.
It was built on an old Arab fortress of the 10th century and its existence has been known since 1307, when its owners were the Gómez de Toledo. Their descendants adapted it later on as a house.
This Mudejar fortress has a square plant with solid towers and also square in the corners. The keep, in its southwest side, is the only one serving as a house. It has brick Moorish arches in its holes, which makes one think it was built in the 14th century.
The towers and the walls are crowned by a line of quadrangular crenels, it has two machicolations in the main tower on the side facing the river, which were used during sieges as a safe place to get protection and attack the enemy.
The castle has also undergone different restorations during the 19th and 20th centuries. At the moment, it is in perfect state and it is used as the residence of the dukes of Arión, who maintain it perfectly furnished with some Romantic elements, such as the horseshoe windows. In 2013, it was the set of the series ‘Isabel’ of TVE simulating a castle of Valladolid, on the banks of the Pisuerga River, where the Catholic Monarchs got married.