Puerto Lápice Travel Guide

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Puerto Lápice Things to Do

  • The Inn

    This is a typical Spanish inn of the era that was featured in Cervantes "Don Quijote". This is where Don Quijote met his beautiful lady in waiting ( a barmaid).

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  • A Community Square

    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.

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  • Plaza Mayor

    The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de la Constitucion as it is also known is off the main street. There are two storey arcades painted reddish brown (or Ochra) looking out onto the cobblestone courtyard which becomes a meeting area for locals and a rest area for passing tourists.

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  • Casa Consistorial

    The Casa Consistorial is the town hall of Puerto Lapice. A small building located in the main street near the Plaza Mayor which houses the municipality offices.

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  • Venta del Quijote

    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...

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  • The Courtyard

    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.

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  • Whitewashed

    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.

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  • Quite Sleepy Streets

    The narrow streets have homes right on the pavement. The dwellings are small and very narrow in some cases and usually built around an internal courtyard. The pavement there is so narrow that it would be impossible to pass.

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  • Charming But Tired Looking Buildings

    Some of the buildings have great details especially in the little balconies. Maybe a little worse for wear and in needing some TLC but that only adds to the charm. Interesting most of the windows seem to have big grills on them or wooden roller shutters

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  • The Curtain Doorways

    A common sight on these homes is a curtain hanging across the doorways. This is so they can have the door open for the breeze during the hot summer months and still have the privacy.

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  • Carniceria Carlos

    This is the delicatessen I guess. The sell anything from sausages, lamb sandwiches, Manchego cheese, a good selection of wines and cold drinks and bread. They also deliver.

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  • Main Street

    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.

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Puerto Lápice Restaurants

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    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.

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Puerto Lápice Transportation

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    From Granada - 284kms north on the E5
    From Toledo - 86.3kms via CM42 and CM400 turning off to A4
    From Madrid - 98kms

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Puerto Lápice Shopping

  • La Tienda De Venta Del Quijote

    Another souvenir and gift shop to entice the tourists that stop here. The Entrance way has beautiful blue and white tiling surrounding it.

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  • Beautiful Handcrafts

    Every nook and cranny is filled with beautiful handcrafts. The little shuttered window in the front of the store has a window seat surrounded buy hanging painted plates.

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  • Artesania

    The craft shop opposite the Venta sells some lovely Spanish souvenirs’ at very reasonable prices. There are little painted pictures of the area, the colourful tiled bulls, leather bags, post cards as well as locally produced olive oil and saffron.

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Puerto Lápice Local Customs

  • The Osborne Bull

    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....

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  • Don Quixote

    Don Quixote can be found everywhere around this little town – silhouettes, statues, paintings – after all, he was the one that made it famous or at least his creator did.

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Puerto Lápice Favorites

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    by keeweechic Written Sep 9, 2009

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    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.

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