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The Windmills Route. The Toledo area of La Mancha




  • General view of the windmills in Consuegra at night, with the castle in the background.

Would you like to explore the setting of the adventures of Don Quixote, the character created by Miguel de Cervantes? Then all you have to do is come to the region known as La Mancha. We suggest a particular route in the province of Toledo. You will see one of the symbols of this region: its windmills. Or are they giants?


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The Windmills Route. The Toledo area of La Mancha


Itinerary

  • Orgaz. This noble town is a good place to start your tour. It has a medieval castle and stately houses. Nearby, in Arisgotas, you can visit the Visigoth Art Museum.
  • Mora. Six kilometres away is this town, famous for its wonderful olive oil. We recommend you to go on the guided tours of its Oil Museum and Oil Mill Museum. The best way to end your visit is to explore the stunning Piedras Negras medieval castle.
  • Tembleque. Some 25 kilometres further on, after seeing windmills on an elevated area of land, you come to Tembleque. Enjoy its Plaza Mayor square. Six kilometres on you will find El Romeral, which is a smaller village but it has four magnificent windmills (open to visitors) as well as the Ethnographic and the Esparto Grass museums.
  • Villacañas. You can see the curious Silo Ethnographic Museum (housed in old underground dwellings) and the Tía Sandalia House-museum (displaying religious images).
  • Consuegra. A journey of just over 20 kilometres brings you to Consuegra. Here you will see this route's most famous landmarks: 12 windmills (the best conserved in Spain) standing on top of the Cerro Calderico ridge. Notice that each is named after a character in the Don Quixote novel. There are also guided tours to various of the town's craft pottery and wrought iron workshops, as well as dramatised tours of the medieval castle.
  • Madridejos. The route ends here with the last windmill, called Tío Genaro, and various museum and interesting monuments. How was it? Did you start to feel like a knight, as Don Quixote did?

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The Windmills Route. The Toledo area of La Mancha


Practical information

Total distance:
This route is about 50 kilometres, though you can extend it as much as you like.

How to complete the route:
By car

Approximate time:
Set aside at least one weekend.

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
This route is suitable for families, as it offers several ethnographic museums where children can use interactive displays and learn about old traditions. Several of the towns have trails for hiking and cycling. Some of the museums require prior booking.


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