photogenic windmills, as romanticised by Don Quixote?, and interesting castle
Damn modern crane ruining pictures
Nice stop on the way to/from Toledo
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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,...more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.....more
'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.
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!
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...more
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: email@example.comTel: + 34...more