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Live like royalty: Our Pick of the Best Castles and Palaces To Stay In
by Clare Evans
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Live like royalty: Our Pick of the Best Castles and Palaces To Stay In

Live like royalty: Our Pick of the Best Castles and Palaces To Stay In
Looking for a unique travel experience? Renting a castle or palace could be just what you need! Check out our list of the best castles and palaces around the Mediterranean that you can actually stay in.
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The coronation of King Charles is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by experiencing the grandeur and luxury of a real-life palace? In honour of this historic event, we've put together a list of some of the best castles and palaces around the world that you can actually stay in. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, these palaces offer a glimpse into a world of royalty and privilege that few ever get to experience. Join us as we explore some of the most magnificent historic properties to experience the Mediterranean like a king or queen.

Castles to rent

Renting a castle for your next holiday is a unique experience that allows you to unwind like royalty in a beautiful destination. Surrounded by history and culture, and the privacy of towering castle walls, staying in one of these luxury villas in Italy will leave you with only the most noble of memories.


Al Jafar

Nestled in western Sicily, Al Jafar is a refined castle that offers guests a luxurious experience within the castle walls. The property's prime location affords unparalleled vistas of the sea, the Egadi Islands and Erice - a neighbouring historic town. Its time-honoured walled garden is a true masterpiece, fit with a noteworthy 18-metre long pool. Exposed stone and distinct wooden cross beams complete the interior, allowing guests to feel as though they’ve been brought back in time.

Explore villa Al Jafar


Castello di Caprarica

The impressive grandeur of Castello di Caprarica immediately captivates visitors. The luxurious restoration of this original 16th-century castle is exceptional, breathing new life into the iconic, historic building, in the charming baroque town of Tricase. The castle has a rectangular plan and was once surrounded by a moat. Now, Castello di Caprarica is surrounded by extensive gardens studded with trees and offers beautiful al fresco dining areas overlooking the grounds.

See the magnificent Castello di Caprarica

Palaces to rent

For travellers seeking a unique and opulent accommodation experience, renting a palace can offer a glimpse into a rich history and culture, as well as the chance to enjoy exclusive amenities and services in a one-of-a-kind setting.


Palazzo Alvear

Nestled away on a peaceful street in Noto, Palazzo Alvear is a remarkable find for those seeking refined elegance, timeless allure, and a prime location. The historic building has been expertly restored, showcasing splendid finishes and luxurious furnishings that are a true delight. Additionally, the property boasts two impressive outdoor spaces: a beautiful pool courtyard and a grand terrace. With easy access to Noto's best attractions, Palazzo Alvear is the perfect destination for those with a discerning taste for sophisticated living and aesthetic finesse.

Book Palazzo Alvear


Palazzo Gorgoni

Immerse yourself in the lavish experience of Palazzo Gorgoni, an 18th-century palace located in the heart of the picturesque Baroque town, Galatina, Puglia. The owner's passion and dedication to restoring the building to its original character and history is evident in every detail. With luxurious amenities such as a courtyard pool, gym, spa, and terraces, guests can bask in the charm and pampering of this stunning palace. Plus, like many of our luxury villas in Puglia, the location offers easy access to local shops and restaurants. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the amount of space and enchanted by the wonder of it all, even after a week-long stay.

Stay at Palazzo Gorgoni


Palazzo Ducale Guarini

Indulge in the luxurious experience of Palazzo Ducale Guarini, a historic gem nestled in a charming town in Puglia, close to the fortress city of Otranto. The ground floor suites boast a stunning restoration of the 14th-century parts of the building, offering guests an exceptionally high standard of accommodation. Step inside and bask in the elegant interiors, where every detail has been meticulously curated to create a polished atmosphere.

Browse Palazzo Ducale Guarini


Palazzo Colucci

Experience the enchanting charm of a mediaeval village with a stay at Palazzo Colucci Berarducci-Vives - another historic villa to rent in Puglia. This meticulously renovated twelfth century palazzo, originally built on a Norman watchtower, offers a unique glimpse into history with its stunning architecture still visible today. When the spirit of exploration sets in, take a stroll through the mature gardens, relax by the pool and soak up the sun as royalty would in this idyllic setting.

Discover Palazzo Colucci

Villas fit for royalty

From sprawling estates with their own vineyards to historic castles perched on a hilltop, these historic properties nod to the grandeur of some of our most sought after family villas in the Mediterranean that are fit for royalty.



Of our luxury villas in Greece, Mirkella houses a rich history of distinguished guests, continuing the tradition of hospitality with modern amenities and unparalleled tranquillity. Relax by the panoramic pool or amble through the lush gardens to the private beach below. This remarkable cliffside abode features traditional Greek architecture amid breathtaking sea views, continuing to offer a truly unforgettable experience through the ages.

See the breathtaking Mirkella



Discover the ultimate seaside paradise at Thani, a luxurious villa nestled along the picturesque west coast of Syros. With extensive coastal grounds spanning over 2km, you'll uncover two private beaches, a 20m-long heatable infinity pool, and a tennis court. Bask in the glorious sea views and sunsets while being pampered by a full-service team of chefs, leaving you free to relax and unwind.

Book a stay at Thani



Uncover the ultimate coastal retreat at Lenia, a breathtaking villa tucked away on Serifos's south coast. This private sanctuary offers stunning sea views, garden gate beach access, and extensive terraces perfect for lounging in style. With full-service, including a cook, you can indulge in luxury while being just a short walk from beaches and a quaint taverna. Lenia offers the perfect balance of seclusion, comfort, and style for an unforgettable escape.

Stay at Lenia

Why not treat yourself and book a stay at one of these villas fit for a king or queen? These historic properties offer a glimpse into a world of royalty that few ever get to experience. Our team of travel experts can help you discover the perfect palace for your next holiday. Get in touch with us to start planning your perfect royal retreat, today.