Placed on a hill or mota, the present castle is built on 12th
C. walls, being built in the 13th., 14th, and 15th C, with important building
works made by Enrique IV and the Reyes Católicos in the 115th C.
That is the period of construction of the splendid keep, the highest in
Castile, and of the outer barbican, of concrete and brick, in a clearly
mudejar style. The outer precinct is formed by the barbican that completely
surrounds the castle, and could be reached through a drawbridge, today
fixed, protected by round towers. Over the entry gate you can see the blazons
of the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs").
The inner precinct is made by four towers and a squared yard where the
different modern rooms that have been built nowadays are laid out.
In this precinct a narrow room covered with polychrome vault called
"Queen's vantage point" is kept. The keep is divided into vaulted rooms.
Juana la Loca lived in the castle. Later, it was state prison and it kept
important political personalities, outstanding among them Caesar Borgia.
With time, the ruin of the fortress was getting faster until its restoration
in 1939 by the State. Later, it was lent to the Regional Autonomous Government
of Castilla y León.