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Madrid and Segovia

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Madrid and Segovia by Drone

JB Meert

Contributor JB Meert used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone combined with ground camera footage to make this remarkable video of the heart of Spain.  The video covers a trip to the Spanish capital Madrid followed by the great cultural treasure of Segovia, which lies a bit to the north of the capital.  The Madrid footage includes epic aerials of the Royal Palace, the Puerta del Sol, and other well known spots.  The highlight of the Segovia portion is an amazing view of its Alcazar, one of the most famous palaces in Europe.

Heart of Spain Roadtrip

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Spain Road Trip - Landscapes, Towns & Castles

AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials

Contributor AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials created this memorable aerial video tour of some of the most historic sites in the central part of Spain.  The video includes amazing bird's eye views of Peñarande de Duero, Castillo Peñafiel, Granadilla, Lerma, Arcos de la Frontera, and other locations.  You will be captivated by the tremendous beauty of this area in the heart of the country, which was where the modern nation of Spain emerged from a collection of smaller kingdoms, duchies, and other smaller states.

Aerial Views of Spain's Guadalajara Province

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Pastrana (Guadalajara, Spain)

PJF DRONE

PJFDrone created this beautiful drone video of a small town in Spain's Guadalajara province.  The province is the northernmost of the five that comprise the autonomous region of Castilla-La Mancha, which is (along with Castile & Leon to its northwest) one of the two core regions of central Spain.  This area was under Muslim rule for a time but beginning in the 11th century was re-conquered by Christianity in the form of the Kingdom of Castile, part of the process leading to the emergence of modern Spain.

Tilting at Windmills in La Mancha

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Windmills of La Mancha

eminorcks

The province of La Mancha is part of the Castilla-La Mancha region of central Spain.  In this drone video by eminorcks, you'll see one of the provinces most famous sights: a line of 12 tower mills atop the mountain of Cerro Caldericoof.  The so-called Consuerga Windmills are believed to be those described in the epic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, one of the great works of Western literature.   Published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, the novel gave birth to the phrase "tilting at windmills."   

Jewel of Central Spain: Toledo

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Toledo, Spain: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Allan Crawford

The great city of Toledo is considered one of the top 2-3 cultural treasures of Spain.  It's the capital of its namesake province, the westernmost of the five which make up the Castilla-La Mancha region in the central part of the country.  Toledo was an outpost of Islamic rule of Spain then became one of the first cities "reconquered" by Christianity.  In this video, you'll see this ancient city, which was one of the most important in Europe during the reign of the Habsburg Emperor Charles V in the 16th century.

Spain's El Cid Castle

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Del Cid: Castle of Jadrague

PJF DRONE

Contributor PJFDrone created this spectacular drone video of an important castle-fortress in central Spain.  The Castle of Jadraque is situated in the Guadalajara province in the Castilla-La Mancha region.  Built atop an old Roman fortification, the Moorish stronghold was taken by Christian forces in the 11th century.   The castle was famously mentioned in the Song of El Cid, the epic poem of unknown authorship which chronicles the great, bloody struggle against Moorish control known as the Reconquesta.

Rural Soria Province

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Places of Soria, Spain

Alvaro55

Check out this beautiful drone video from the heart of Spain, compliments of contributor Alvaro55.  Soria is the easternmost of the nine provinces which make up the massive region of Castile & Leon, the region which is considered the historical core of modern Spain.  A largely rural province, Soria was of significant strategic importance in the struggles between the various kingdoms which were fighting for control of the region.  Today it is the second least populated province in all of Spain.

Atienza Castle, Guadalajara

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Castillo de Atienza (Guadalajara) ESPAÑA / Atienza Castle (Guadalajara) SPAIN

PJF DRONE

Contributor PJFDrone created this beautiful aerial tour of an important Spain's Castle of Atienza (Castillo de Atienza).  It's located near the eponymously named town in Guadalajara, one of the main provinces of the Castilla–La Mancha region of central Spain.  Like many Spanish castles, the structure was built on an old Roman fortification. It played an important role in the titanic struggle between Muslim (Moorish) and Christian Spain, both before and after its capture by Christian forces in the late 11th century AD.

Famous Monastery of Castile-La Mancha

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Dji Mavic Pro Platinium Monasterio de Uclés

mikel_julio

Contributor and drone pilot mikel-julio created this beautiful aerial view of a monastery in central Spain.  The  Monastery de Santiago de Uclés was constructed in the 16th century.  It's in the town of Uclés in Spain's Cuenca province, part of the Castile-La Mancha automous region of central Spain.  The area was important in the earlier struggles between Islam and Christianity for control of the Iberian Peninsula, the outcome of which led to the emergence of modern Spain.

Glacial Lake in Zamora Province

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Lago de Sanabria, Spain. Amazing place ;)

franvargas.com

Contributor Franvargas created this beautiful drone video of a lake area in central Spain. Lago de Sanabria is situated in Zamora, one of the nine provinces which makes up the region of Castile and León in western and central Spain.  Although the lake has a modest surface area of under 4 square km (just over a square mile), it's the largest glacial lake in Spain and one of the largest lakes of any kind on the Iberian Peninsula.  It's part of an eponymously named national park and is a popular tourist attraction.

Castle of Manzanares el Real, Greater Madrid

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Dji Mavic Pro Platinium 4K Presa de Santillana

mikel_julio

Contributor and pilot Mikel_julio used a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum to create this memorable aerial video of one of the best preserved fortresses in Spain.  The New Castle of Manzanares el Real is a 15th century fortified palace which is near the town of the same name in the Madrid Community in the center of the country.  Famously, the fortress was used as a shooting location for the 1961 film El Cid starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren.  Also known as the Castle of los Mendoza, the complex now also houses a museum.

Rural Zamora Province

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Deep and forgotten Spain- Cinematic

GalendeFotografia

Here's a beautiful yet haunting drone video from a sparsely populated area of western Spain, compliments of contributor GalendeFotografia.  It was filmed in Zamora, one of the nine provinces that make up the Castile and León region.  A sparsely populated province (its capital city has a population of just 60k), Zamora has dealt with same trend which has been one of Spain's main demographic trends in recent decades: depopulation of its rural areas as more people gravitate to the country's largest cities.  

Castles of Castile & Leon

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Hispadrone - Hidden Beauty #DJI #4K

Hispadrone

Contributor and drone pilot Hispadrone created this epic aerial video of some of the castles of central Spain.  The modern nation of Spain emerged from the areas of Castile & Leon in the north central section of the country.  The former area in particular is surrounded by mountains, which allowed the kingdoms of Castile & Leon to accumulate strength to eventually expel the Muslim states to the south.   The castles in the mountains surrounding the area were key to this process.

Two Fortresses in Central Spain

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Calatrava la Nueva and Salvatierre Fortresses

eutx9795

Contributor Eutx9795 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this epic aerial video of two important fortresses in Central Spain.  Calatrava la Nueva is a medieval fortification built atop the Alacranejo mountain in the the municipality of Aldea del Rey.   It was associated with the Order of Calatrava, the first in what is now Spain to receive Papal approval.  Salvatierra Castle lies just to the east of Calatrava la Nueva.  Both castles are situated northwest of the Ciudad Real, the capital of the province of the same name.

Ávila: Arenas de San Pedro

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Arenas de San Pedro

chuknano

Arenas de San Pedro is a beautiful town in the west central part of Spain.  It's in Ávila, one of the nine provinces which make up the official region of Castile and León.  Arenas de San Pedro had the misfortune to be located in an area which was the subject of intense fighting at times amongst the various states and proto-states which eventually came together to form modern Spain.  Now totally peaceful, the town has been pillaged many times in this turbulent history of early modern Spain.  

Peñaranda de Duero Castle, Burgos

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Castillo by Drone. Peñaranda de Duero

AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials

Check out this drone video of a well-known medieval castle town in northern Spain, compliments of contributor AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials.  It's the Castle of Peñaranda de Duero and it's located in Burgos, one of the provinces of the Castile and León region.  The castle dates to the 10th century but its current Gothic design generally dates to the 15th century.  The castle and town occupied an important position as a line of fortifications that divided Castile from Moorish (Muslim) territories for a time.  

Abandoned Town in Guadalajara

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Dji Mavic 2 zoom 4k

David de Clav

For decades, Spain's rural provinces have been seeing their population leave for the larger cities.  This is particularly true in the provinces of the country's interior, in the regions of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha.  These regions, which have always been fairly thinly populated, have seen significant population losses due to the draw of Madrid and Barcelona, among other cities.  In this drone video by David de Clav, you will see a town in the province of Guadalajara which has been completely abandoned.  

Júcar River, Cuenca Province

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Hoz del rio Júcar (Cuenca) ESP.

PJF DRONE

Check out this stunning drone videos from the mountains of central Spain, compliments of PJF Drone.  It was filmed in Cuenca, one of the provinces which makes up the Castille-La Mancha region.  The video features some stunning aerial footage of the canyons of the Júcar RIver, one of the principal waterways of the region.  The river drains the Montes Universales mountain range, flowing southwards then eastwards to empty into the Bay of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea.  

Pioz Castle, Guadalajara

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Castillo de Pioz Guadalajara España

Producciones O.S.C

Pioz Castle is an old fortification in the Guadalajara province of central Spain.  The castle was built in the 15th century by the Don Pedro Gonzalez de Mendoza, the Cardinal of Spain at the time.  Located in the southwestern part of the province, the area had lost some of its strategic importance by this time.  As the Cardinal focused his attention on other projects, control of Pioz came into the hands of a local noble family, who completed the structure.   It subsequently fell into a semi-ruined state.  

Around Guadalajara Province

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Cielos de Guadalajara

PJF DRONE

In this drone video by PJF Drone, you'll get an aerial tour of a number of notable spots in the Spanish province of Guadalajara.  Located south of Madrid, Guadalajara is one of the five provinces of the Castile-La Mancha.  Guadalajara was in the cross-hairs of the Medieval struggle known as the Reconquesta, and later saw extensive damage during Napoleonic Peninsular Wars.  The video features footage of the  Henares Valley, the medieval town of Hita, the Monasteries of Lupiana and San Bartolomé, and more.

MTB in Central Spain

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Promo Desafio Caballero Negro

alpha drones

For an epic mountain biking landscape, it's hard to beat central Spain.  The region is full of mid-sized hills accessible to mountain bikes, unpaved roads, yawning canyons, and uncountable scenes of natural and cultural beauty.  Check out this promotional video for the Spanish mountain bike company Caballero Negro.  The course runs 300km (about 180 mi) through the mountainous parts of Castile and León, the semi-autonomous region which covers much of west-central Spain.  

Castle in Soria

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Castillo de Ciria

Trank Fpv

Soria is the easternmost of the nine provinces that make up Spain's Castile and León region, the historical core of the modern nation-state of Spain. Most of the province is covered by the mountains of the Iberian System, a chain which forms a rough northwest-to-southeast line north of Madrid. During the Medieval period, Soria's strategic position led to the construction of a number of hilltop castles and fortresses such as Ciria Castle (Castillo de Ciria), seen here in this drone video by Trank Fpv.

Atienza Castle, Guadalajara

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Castillo de Atienza

PJF DRONE

Contributor PJF Drone created this beautiful aerial tour of an important Spanish castle called in Atienza (Castillo de Atienza).  It's located in Guadalajara, the northernmost of the five provinces which make up the Castilla–La Mancha region of central Spain.  Dating to the early Middle Ages, the castle was on the frontier between Islamic and Christian Spain and changed hands several times during the the bloody campaign known as the Reconquesta.  It's been designated a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest since 1931.  

The Sea of Castile, Guadalajara

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Embalse de Entrepeñas. "El Mar de Castilla"

PJF DRONE

Contributor PJF Drone created this excellent drone video of an important reservoir lake in west central Spain.  It's called the Entrepeñas Reservoir, and it's located on the Tagus River in the Guadalajara Province.  The surface area of the reservoir covers nearly 40 square km (just over 12 square mi.), making it one of the larger lakes in the Castile-La Mancha region.  Together with other reservoirs in the vicinity, the Entrepeñas Reservoir forms part of what is sometimes called the Sea of Castile.  

Almonacid Castle, Toledo

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Almonacid Castle in Toledo (Spain)

Maite_Fornalino

Almonacid Castle is an important province in the Toledo province of central Spain. It is believed to have been built fairly early in the Moorish reign over Spain.  Its name derives from an association with the great knight El Cid, the hero of the Reconquesta during which Christian forces ejected the Muslims from Spain.  The castle was later a place of refuge for Spanish soldiers fighting the French in the Napoleonic Peninsular Wars, a French victory which is inscribed in the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 

La Mancha's Famous Windmills

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Consuegra Windmills in Toledo (Spain)

Maite_Fornalino

The twelve white windmills you will see in this drone video by Maite_Fornalino sit atop a ridge in the La Mancha province of central Spain.  Called the Consuegra Windmills in reference to the nearby town, it's believed that they served as the inspiration for one of the great works of Western literature - Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Servantes in the early 17th century.  In the novel, the hero attacks the windmills, believing them to be giants; this fictional scene gave rise to the expression "tilting at windmills".

Mountainous La Rioja

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Rioja - The north of Spain.

Miko
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Check out this drone video from north central Spain, compliments of contributor Miko.  It was filmed in La Rioja, a small semi-autonomous region which sits to the north of Castile, and to the south of Navarra and Basque Country.  It is mountainous country, covered by a portion of the Iberian System, a chain of mountains which run parallel to the Pyrenees system further to the north.   With a population of just over 300,000, La Rioja is the smallest of Spain's official regions.  

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