Melia El Hidalgo
Carretera N-IV, m 194, Valdepenas, 13300, Spain
More about Valdepeñas
beautiful caves :-)
entrance to the cave
Travel Tips for Valdepeñas
In Valdepeñas people use wine for everything, even for desserts! This is a typical dessert of the city, similar to quince jelly. The main ingredient is the “mosto” (grape juice) and you also use a kind of flour, cinnamon and lemon peel. If you mix all these ingredients you should get it :-))) Maybe the color is not very appealing but it is good.
The Tiznao is a typical dish in the province of Ciudad Real. The main ingredient is the salted cod mixed with some other vegetables: potatoes, red peppers, garlic, onion and paprika. You eat the Tiznao usually as a starter, on bread toasts.
Wine and Tapas :-)
No matter if we are on Monday or Saturday, when the evening arrives everybody goes to enjoy some wine and tapas!
Wineries around Plaza España are always full at night, this is why Valdepeñas is a very smiling city :-)
Choose your winery, go into it and take a seat with your friends. No matter what you order: two beers, one coke and a glass of wine? At the end the waiter will always serve you four tintos and a hot tapa :-))) Maybe if you have the "fidelity card" you can discuss with the waiter for the tapa but I don’t think for the wine. However Valdepeñas Wine is always good :-)
Now that I look at the pictures I wonder why my glass is always empty of wine?!!
A nice competition
During Christmas time Valdepeñas organises a competition to choose the best decorated shop window. Everybody do their best but only one shop can take the price and this year (2009) the winner was “El Desván”. El Desván is a "mercería" (notions store). If you need some buttons, sockets, wool . . . this is your shop. It is the kind of traditional store with traditional clients that you cannot find any more in big cities. The decoration outside and inside was really beautiful, that’s why I took so many pictures :-)
Viso del Marqués: Marqués de Sta Cruz's Palace
This is one beautiful excursion to do at just half an hour by car from Valdepeñas.
This palace built for the Marqués de Santa Cruz hosts today the Spanish Army archives. Santa Cruz family rents the palace to them for one old peseta per year. But why the Army archives are here, so far from the sea?? Because of the nobleman, sailor and knight of the Orden de Santiago Alvaro de Bazan, first Marqués de Santa Cruz, "Señor" de la Villa de Valdepeñas and former owner of this palace. Very close to king Felipe II, he was one of the greatest sailors of the Spanish Army. He had an important role in Lepanto Battle and during his life never lost a battle. He died in Lisbon when he was preparing the Armada Invencible to fight against the English Army. What would have happened if he did not die before the battle?!
Alvaro de Bazan’s palace was built following the style of the Italian palaces during the Renaissance. Double galleries around a patio, Ligurian “ardesia” (he was a close friend of Andrea Doria) for the staircases, vaults decorated with gorgeous Italian Manierist paintings . . . this palace in the middle of nowhere is a wonder! And the paintings program (8000m2) is a lesson of history about the naval battles of the Spanish XVI century and a stroll along Alvaro Bazan’s biography: his relatives, trips around the world, conquests . . .
El fiero turco en Lepanto,
en la Tercera el francés,
y en todo mar el inglés,
tuvieron de verme espanto.
Rey servido y patria honrada
dirán mejor quién he sido
por la cruz de mi apellido
y con la cruz de mi espada.
Lope de Vega, 1588
Unfortunately I have lost almost all my pictures about this palace (!XX%•ZW!!). I only have few pictures of the paintings inside and some pictures taken by my friends with my little camera :-(
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