THE IBERIAN PENINSULA OF HISTORY
discover the heritage of different civilizations & cultures; Jews, Arabs, Christians…
SPAIN’S HISTORY IS A FASCINATING TAPESTRY OF DIFFERENT CIVILIZATIONS, WHOSE INHERITED DNA DETERMINES A MODERN COUNTRY WITH A UNIQUE LIFESTYLE
Castile is determined to understand and share the history which formed the nation with our guests — from the prehistoric to the 20th Century.
THE SPANISH WAR OF INDEPENDENCY
The French revolution and consequential invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, culminated with the coronation of Napoleon’s brother, Jose Bonaparte, as King of Spain in Madrid. If you are a historian of the Second World War you will enjoy the Embassy, an elegant cafeteria in Madrid, where Soviets, Nazis and British spies converged and conspired during the Spanish Civil War, the antebellum of the Second World War. Castile uncovers the crucibles of war—Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Toledo and Bilbao. Follow in Hemmingways’ footsteps and see the places where communist fought fascist, where brother fought brother, shaping the future of Europe and indeed the World.
Explore the archaeological findings of Atapuerca, in Burgos. Castile finds for you the ancient pilgrims’ way which ends in Galicia’s wineries coming from the oldest vineyards of La Ribera de Duero. In the XV Century The Catholic Kings were fighting with the King of France in Italy and with Portugal to master Europe. Simultaneously they were also unifying Spain, as it is today, after The Conquer of Granada against the Nasrid Kingdom. It was the same time in which Isabella the Queen of Castile, trusted in the most famous explorer in history, Christopher Colombus, who was arriving to America as Spanish viceroy. Castile takes you into the castles and fortress across the country; El Alcazar de Segovia, El Castillo de Mota, La Alhambra. They were the most sophisticated system of defence of the era. For the following centuries, Castile introduces you into the history of the different Spanish dynasties with the iconic Emperor, Charles I and the successive Kings.
LEARN THE INTRIGUE OF EUROPEAN ROYAL FAMILIES AND THE VATICAN During the XV and XVI Centuries the borders of European suffered constant turmoil. Castile has created a customised itinerary to review the decisive role of the Kingdom of Spain in unifying the Iberian Peninsula’s fiefdoms. Portugal, France, Italy, England and especially the Vatican vacillated between enemies and allies of the Spanish Crown, each in the shadow of its power.
Atapuerca’s discovery really changed the history of makind
Atapuerca is of great historical significance, whose discovery revised the historical record of mankind. Castile takes you to the Atapuerca site, a place of exceptional archaeological and paleontological interest, where it is possible to study at least four different species of homo: Homo sp. Sima del Elefante, Homo Antecessor, Homo heidelbergensis and Homo sapiens, who lived on this site across one million years.
Weep like a woman for what you couldn’t defend like a man
Revive the words that Sultaness Aixa, mother or Boabdil – last Sultan of Granada -told to her son after he gave the The Keys of the city of Granada to the Spanish Kingdom. Learn the intrigues of the court Nazari and the truth behind the sentence: Divide and conquer!
C. Columbus: “120 lousy & hungry men arrive from Spain”
Under the enlightened assumption that the earth was round, Isabella, the Catholic Queen, was excited about finding a Western Passage to India. The Queen invested in the intrepid traveler Christopher Columbus. Castile takes you across the most important expedition in history, financed at that time by the Castilian Crown coffers under Isabella’s Kingdom!
The country with more World Heritage Sites in Europe
Castile takes you to the golden age of the Spanish Empire. The unification of Spanish Kingdoms, the Discovery of America and the enrichment of the Crown contributed to the Empire. The Spanish colonies were located all over the World, both East and West, leading to the term “The Empire on Which the Sun Never Sets”. Different dynasties and Kings’ succession were decisive in the history of many overseas countries and Spanish old colonies.
Charles V: “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse”
LEARN THE INTRIGUE OF EUROPEAN ROYAL FAMILIES AND THE VATICAN
During the XV and XVI Centuries the borders of European suffered constant turmoil. Castile has created a customised itinerary to review the decisive role of the Kingdom of Spain in unifying the Iberian Peninsula’s fiefdoms. Portugal, France, Italy, England and especially the Vatican vacillated between enemies and allies of the Spanish Crown, each in the shadow of its power.