Valdepeñas Travel Guide

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Valdepeñas Things to Do

  • Museo Gregorio Prieto

    I was taken to this museum to see a typical house from La Mancha during the XVI and XVII centuries, with its central patio, wooden structure, etc (picture 2) but the work of this painter is as interesting as the architecture. It’s a pity that we did not have a lot of time to visit it well because it was too late. Gregorio Prieto was a Spanish...

  • Museo del Vino de Valdepeñas

    You can find this interesting museum in the former winery of Leocadio Morales. It was one of those wineries that lived the Valdepeñas Wine’s peak at the beginning of the last century. This museum shows all the history, tradition and marketing (picture 3) of the DO Valdepeñas through information panels, designs or pictures. It is very well done and...

  • Asunción Church

    The church built by the Orden de Calatrava has an only nave. Inside was started in Gothic style (XIIIth century) and finished in Renaissance style. Inside the proportions are strange because this structure was at the beginning a kind of fortress. Vaults are simple but beautiful (picture 2). In one of the chapels, built during the Baroque period,...

  • Plaza de España

    This smiling square is the center of life in Valdepeñas. Here you can find the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (XIII century), the town hall etc. It has a nice architecture with its typical white and blue houses with arcades (pitures 2-3). In the past this square was also used as “separation line” (the line corresponds to the current Virgen...

  • Valdepeñas Wine

    It’s impossible to talk about Valdepeñas without talking about its wine! We already find vestiges of the grapevine in this region in the Iberian city of Cerro de las Cabezas, inhabited between the 7th and 2nd centuries BC. During Middle Ages the area was part of the Moorish Kingdom of Toledo and according to tradition the Caliphate gave permission...

  • Avenida de las Tinajas

    If Egypt has Sphinx Avenues, Valdepeñas has the Tinajas (earthenware jars) Avenue! This avenue is one of the entrances/exits to the city and is full of jars. The "tinajas" were the recipients used to ware and transport the wine. In fact nowadays the tinajas are like a romantic metaphor of wine and you will find them everywhere in Valdepeñas,...

  • Tip 0: Coat of Arms

    Not the nicest picture but I think that it is the best one to start. On the Valdepeñas coat of arms you can see different things: *A wine barrel as Valdepeñas is especially known for its wine production. We already find vestiges of the grapevine in this region in the Iberian city of *Cerro de las Cabezas (8km from the current city), a great oppidum...

  • Villanueva de los Infantes

    Villanueva de los Infantes is a municipality not far from Valdepeñas, in the region called Campo de Montiel. As it is not in the list VT places, I have to write a tip instead a page.It has been signed by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as "El Lugar de La Mancha" (The Place in La Mancha) called at start of Don Quijote (Miguel de Cervantes)....

  • Museo del Vino

    An old cave houses this museum. The cave was built in 1901 and it worked for over 70 years. The different parts of the cave can be visited and there are exhibitions of tillage tools and machinery for viticulture.


Valdepeñas Hotels

  • Hotel Central

    C/ Capitan Fillol 4, Valdepenas, 13300, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Veracruz Plaza And Spa

    Plaza Veracruz Sn, Valdepenas, VALDEPENAS, 13300,

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hostal Valdepenas

    Avda Gregorio Prieto 53, Valdepenas, 13300, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Valdepeñas Shopping

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    by Elisabcn Updated Jan 10, 2010

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    You cannot leave Valdepeñas and La Mancha without buying some wine and a cheese. La Mancha area has also a very good reputation for its cheese, manchego cheese is one of the bests in Spain. If you go directly to the places of production you can buy good products for ridiculous prices. For logistic reasons I did not want to buy anything. So it was really hard when I went with my friends to a wine cellar and they bought a three bottles box of good quality wine for only . . . 9 euros!! Even if I repeated to myself “Eli you can’t, Eli you can’t”. . . it was very hard :-(
    Wine cellars nowadays are very fashion and colourful. If they are not very busy and you insist a little they will accept to show you their caves (pictures 2-3). Even if they don’t use tinajas any more, only barrels, caves are places that always fascinate me :-)

    What to buy: Wine and cheese

    What to pay: Less than usual

    colourful wineshops entrance to the cave beautiful caves :-)

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Valdepeñas Local Customs

  • 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...

  • 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?...

  • Tiznao

    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.


Valdepeñas Off The Beaten Path

  • Viso del Marqués: Asunción Church

    Next to the palace there is a little church of the XVth century, built in gothic style. The most surprising thing about this church is a huge dissected alligator inside called "El lagarto del Viso" (Viso's lizard). There are two stories that talk about this strange guest, you can choose the story that you prefer:1-the alligator was brought by...

  • Viso del Marqués: Marqués de Sta Cruz's...

    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...

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