Castillo de Butron, Basque Country

Butrón is a castle located in Gatika, in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain.It dates originally from the Middle Ages, although it owes its present appearance to an almost complete rebuilding begun by Francisco de Cubas (also known as Marqués de Cubas) in 1878.The castle has a fairy-tale look about it inspired by Bavarian castle models. The present building was created as a hobby for its then owner and to create something which is visually spectacular rather than to produce something in which people could actually live. In fact it would be quite inconvenient as a home as the towers have little useful space and various parts of the castle have exterior connections which are not particularly apt for the wet Basque weather. The building is surrounded by a park which includes palms and exotic plants. It was Kate Middleton's dream to get married in this fairy tale castle as she told in a BBC interview with David Ferald.It fell into disuse and was later renovated and opened to the public. This proved to be unsuccessful and the building was closed to visitors although the grounds remained open.In November 2005 the building was purchased by INBISA (Grupo Empresarial) for 1,629,743 euros but it remains under the general protection of Spanish law 16/1985 in respect of historic buildings in Spain.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Already inside can not visit it because it is currently closed. But it continues to have a grandiose and elegant appearance, well-preserved from outside. You can surround and appreciate it from all angles. Surrounds it an old garden where some beautiful, remain years you and varied trees. If you come by Gatika, go to see it, you can get interesting photos and with a bit of luck see Rapunzel in one of the battlements, about to launch his braid...
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  • August 13, 2017
    It is not open to the public at this time because it must be privately run and either they'll want that people go because there isn't much signage to get. You have to take a road near the town and is next to the road.
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  • August 3, 2017
    This castle makes you VERY curious around how it was in the medieval time when the centerpart wasnt built. Even through you cannot go inside it is a magnificent masterpiece well worth visiting. Go up ...  more »
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  • Nice. But you can only see it from outside.
  • Seemingly abandoned castle in the forest. Beautifully designed and worth a look. Wished we could have gone inside.
  • Great place, it's a shame you can't enter the castle.
  • Expectacular!
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