Castles of Northern Spain - paulsmit
’Peñafiel Castle.’

	Peñafiel Castle (Valladolid province) sits atop a narrow ridge of limestone like an imitation of Noah's Ark stranded on the summit of Mount Ararat. The original castle on this site was part of the 9th-10th century Moorish defense line against the Christians along the Duero river. In 1013 it was taken by the Castilians and rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. The central keep was finished in the 15th century. As Peñafiel is located in one of Spain's most famous vine growing regions, the castle nowadays is home to a Wine Museum. Photo Mick Palarczyk.