During the towns fairs and festivals, the Plaza is used for entertainment in the form of theatre and dancing. In the centre of the plaza is a unique water wheel which looks like it is made up of bits and pieces of a farm surrounded by two seating areas with tiled backs with pictures and quotes from Don Quixote.more
All the tour buses and visitors seem to stop by Venta del Quijote whether it be for lunch or just to take a look at the famous courtyard. The inn was made famous by Cervantes book of Don Quixote who is believed to have mistaken the inn for a castle. The courtyard is where he is supposed to have been dubbed a knight. The restaurant serves local...more
The cobblestoned courtyard really transports you into a different time. There are huge round wine jars, wooden wagon wheels, a bunch of farm tools handing off the whitewashed walls, pottery bells hanging from wooden decoration as well as a wooden wagon, potted roses and a cactus or two thrown in for good measure.more
Other buildings are whitewashed and pretty with their flowers and plants in courtyards and spilling over balconies. The contrast of the brilliant indigo blue and white was stunning. Some of these homes are more than 200 years old. During Napoleons invasion of the south, Puerto Lapice’s buildings sustained a fair amount of damage.more
The main street of Puerta Lapice is just a small two lane road which certainly the day I was there seemed like it have never seen a traffic jam. Other than the odd person her and there, the place almost seemed deserted. It wasn’t like it was the middle of summer and too hot to come out… that was yet to come.more
Restaurante E Puerto is located on the main road with a quite little courtyard. The serve Mancha specialties such as porridge, partridge pate, fillet of venison with a fig sauce to name just a few. Reasonably priced.
From Granada - 284kms north on the E5
From Toledo - 86.3kms via CM42 and CM400 turning off to A4
From Madrid - 98kms
Travelling through La Mancha country you will suddenly come across large silhouetted bulls standing at around 14metres high, usually on a bit of a hill for effect. Known as the Osborne Bull because it was started originally by a company called Osborne Sherry who started to put them around the countryside in 1956 to advertise their Brandy de Jerez....more
Favorite thing: Puerto Lapice covers an area of around 54 sq kms and sits around 676 kms above sea level between the foothills of the Montes de Toledo and Sierra Calderina. The climate of the area is classed as continental Mediterranean.