The Castle of Cardona, Cardona, Catalonia, Spain.... http://www.castlesandmanorhouses.com/photos.htm .... The Castle of Cardona (Catalan: Castell de Cardona) is a medieval fortress situated on a hill overlooking the valley of the Cardener river. A fortress was constructed here by Wilfred the Hairy in 886. Today the castle is used as a parador, a state-run hotel. Because of its history, it has become significant to the Catalonian independence movement.