Consuegra Travel Guide

  • Consuegra
    by Silvia07
  • Consuegra
    by Silvia07
  • Consuegra
    by Silvia07

Consuegra Highlights

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    angiebabe says…

     photogenic windmills, as romanticised by Don Quixote?, and interesting castle 

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    gale.blog.pl says…

     Damn modern crane ruining pictures 

  • In a nutshell
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    Jim_Eliason says…

     Nice stop on the way to/from Toledo 

Consuegra Things to Do

  • The castle

    The castle is situated by the windmills, on top of the hill. It is a 10th century fortress, built by the mourish rulers of Cordoba, to prevent attacks and conquests of the northern Castilla. From then on, it has been refurbished and adapted accordingly to different ephoques and rulers, including a chapel. Nowadays it is open for visiting, although...

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  • The castle and windmills

    Consuegra's main attractions are situated outside the city, on top of a hill named Calderico overlooking the surroundig plains and the city itself. From up there, you enjoy magnificent views both over the city and the Castilla la Mancha plains. We visited in Summer, so the surrounding fields varied between light shades of brown and green, providing...

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  • Santísimo Cristo de la Vera Cruz church

    The church's belfry and cupula stand out when seen for afar, that is, from the windmills. Also, when in city centre it is near the Plaza de España, so it is worth taking a look at it. This neo-baroque church dates from the 18th century and it is dedicated to Cristo de la Vera Cruz, the city's patron.

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  • Plaza de España

    In this square, the central point of the city, 3 buildings stand out:. the Town Hall, a 17th century building typical Toledo style, from which I'd mention its sundial and also the arch and the clock tower;. the "los corredores", a building opposite the Town Hall and which is considered as one of the highlights of the city. The building has a...

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  • The windmills

    The windmills were originally 13 but nowadays only 11 are left, from which 4 retain the mechanism to moan or work accordingly to their purpose. Windmills, or molinos in Castellano, have their own names:. Sancho, Rucio, Bolero and Espartero, are the ones where the mechanism, or parts of it, still exist; . Mambrino, Vista Alegre, Cardeño, Alcancía,...

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  • Find the Roman dam!

    More Roman ruins to be found and quite exciting too here about 6 km out of Consuegra. The tourist office that is in one of the windmills up on the hill above Consuegra gave me a map of the sites to around the area - including information I otherwise hadnt seen anywhere else about this ancient dam built here by the Romans.

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  • Route of Don Quixote

    The tourist authorities try hard to push (advertising quite prominently with strategic signs around the area!) their Ruta de Don Quixote across the plains, highlighting the windmills and other Qixotic sights.The signposted route starts at Belmonte, which has an excellent castle as well, and finishes here at Consuegra, which can be done in a day.

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  • Views from Consuegra's Castle

    Once the headquarters of the order of Saint John in the 12 th century, this castle with excellent views of the plains below and surrounds for miles around, is gradually being restored.The castle shares a plateau with 12 restored and highly photogenic windmills.

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  • visit the best windmills of course!!

    I was rather excited when the 11 windmills along the high ridge above Consuegra came in to view as i made my way to visit this photogenic highlight! Highly photogenic windmills with castle and lovely views of the plain below.

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  • Look under your feet

    Have a look right under your feet. It's worth it. Saffron, the most valuable spice in the world is made of these tiny flowers. Yes, it is true!Three female stigmas must be picked from each one of them as soon as it grows. The stamens are then dried at homes. It takes 2000 crocuses to make 1 gram of saffron.

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  • Castle

    The castle of Consuegra is located quite close to the windmills. When I was visiting the place, a modern crane was overlooking the hill so the pictures don't look as good as I'd like them to.

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  • Windmills

    Here's a unique opportunity to see the famous windmills fought by Don Quijote ;-) There they are, constituting a picturesque view.

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  • Visit the Windmills

    This is the only reason one stops here. The town is below the road. The windmills are upward on a plateau and easily seen. Nearby are the ruins of an ancient fortress (castle). The blazing sun beats down on this treeless area of La Mancha. We were on our way to Ubeda and had read about the windmills in the Michelin guide. In 1983 no tourbuses...

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  • Visit the town of Consuegra?

    We did not feel that the town had anything to interest us, so we hurried on to Valdepenas for a late lunch (and good local wine). The picture is one of the vistas from the ridge where the castle and mills are sited.

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  • Examine the Castle

    The castle has 3 round towers and is near a cluster of mills on the broad ledge above the road. It was built by the Knights of Malta (in the 13C?) on a Roman foundation. We were not conquerors so we did not invade the inner precincts. In fact it was difficult to climb onto the structure and since we were absolutely alone in that barren heat, we...

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  • Windmill Tilting(Cervantes Style)

    I do not remember if the sails of the windmills were fastened in the old days when we visited. If they were to move, it would have been dangerous (but nobody protected tourists or cared much about this at that time, 1983). It was not regarded as a heritage site.Cervantes was a battle and prison weary ex-soldier when he wrote Don Quixote, his...

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  • Windmills

    Consuegra's has one of the largest remaining groupings of windmills in Spain. They sit next to the castle on a hill overlooking town

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  • Molinos de Viento 2

    All the wind mills have names, some areCABALLERO DEL VERDE GABAN, this one has old editions of the DON QUIJOTEBOLERO, this one is where the tourist office is sited.SANCHO is the only one working and the one responsable of the Safron festivalESPARTEROCHISPAS

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  • Castillo / Castle

    On the top of the mountain close to the wind mills.This mountain or Cerro Calderico or Cresteria is easy to reach through a little road. Hope you do not have to share the road with a bus going up lol as it is a little narrow....

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  • Molinos de Viento

    I have seen all my life going while driving from north to south, I remeber stopping when a child with my parents, a pitty I have lost all that photos ...At the top of the mountian or Cerro Calderico or Cresteria you can find them.

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  • Inside the wind mills

    You can visit the inside of the wind mills to see how they work, only one is working, called Sancho. We visited only the one of the tourist office called Bolero, that is the first of the wind mills.There used to be 13 wind mills, now there are only 11.

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  • Cerro Calderico hill

    The top of the mountain is called Cresteria, and here there are a few of the wind mills and the castle all in very good conditions.I am afraid to say not a very well known area of Spain for spanish people, is much more wellknown by foreigners specially Americans, maybe more foreigners have read Don Quijote than spaniards.....

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  • The church u/c

    Sorry I do not remeber the name, give me a few days to look back papers after the moving all is a mess hehehehe

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  • Consuegra old streets

    Visit and walk around Consuegra little streets.Still with the arab flavour, with the medieval touch, and the memories of Don Quijote running through the mountians to fight with the Giants (we may need mmore dreamers as him to make this world a better one)

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Consuegra Local Customs

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    by gale.blog.pl Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    'Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafrán' is a big Saffron Party in Consuegra. It is organized every year in the end of October, since it was established more then 30 years ago by Francisco Dominguez Tendero, the town's intellectual leader.

    At this place 'Crocus-pickers' from far and near come to compete who is picking fastest. They choose a Queen of Saffron among the young girls in the neighborhood. People enjoy music, dance and fireworks. Also, one of the famous windmills, 'Sancho', grind flour for 'peace in the world'. This is the only time of the year that Sancho (the only working mill there) is used.

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Consuegra Warnings and Dangers

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    scarey but xlnt walkway connecting the castle tops 4 more images

    by angiebabe Written Sep 12, 2007

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    As with a lot of castles Ive seen around Spain and particularly Moorish ones, the castle has been in two buildings, ie a main building with a tower block parallel to it, with a walkway between the two up on the top storey or floor.

    This castle has one, obviously a new renovated one as part of the restoration of the castle, but I tell you it did take a bit of daring to step out onto it, with visions pictured in my mind of the freak disaster stories one sometimes hears happening to people out on holiday - so here was a picture of the whole walkway giving way due to poor engineering - and what a drop to the ground below!

    But the only other option was to go back down the way I had come up to the top of this castle building and back up the other tower which meant I would miss the excitement of having crossed one of these castle walkways!!

    Dangerous or a sense of adventure and history not to miss!? The photos looking down were taken on my SLR and im yet to get them onto my laptop! So as yet I cant portray how far up and down it looked!

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Consuegra Favorites

  • Consuegra

    On our brief visit to Consuegra, we dedicated our attention to 2 main locations appart from each other:- the city centre, where we visited Plaza de España, Consuegra's main square, from which we explored a side street where we found a restaurant for lunch and also visited nearby church Santísimo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. - the windmills and castle...

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  • Oficina de Turismo Consuegra

    The tourist Office is settle at the first windmill on the top of the mountian, called Bolero.I found the girl there very helpfull, with lots of ideas for itineraries and willing to help people (something sometimes not so normal lol) Cerro Calderico, s/n (Molino Bolero)45700 Consuegra, Toledo Email: turismo_consuegra@ribernet.esTel: + 34...

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