Arapiles Things to Do
Any student of Iberian Peninsular Warfare will have a visit to Los Arapiles high on his/her must-see list. Here in July 1812, Wellington won what is arguably one of his greatest victories over the French. It was certainly the most opportunistic ,revealing Wellington's boldness and sense of timing. Hitherto his reputation had been built on prudence and utilization of "ground" of his choosing upon which to do battle. "Ground" was a feature of the battle Two hills, the Greater and Lesser Arapiles dominate the area and French forces occupied the higher feature but most of the decisive action took place on the rolling plains around them with Wellington maintaining control of his troops from several points on the battle field.
Visit the battle interpretive centre in the village of Los Arapiles on a Saturday between 1030 and 1430. (At other times - groups by appointment).
Access to the monument on Greater Arapile is available by vehicle and on foot. Take the sealed road east of the village & at 40º53'41.02"N, 5º37'52.24"W turn right and head south to 40º53'18.52"N, 5º37'40.24"W , turn left and the track eventually leads to the top of the feature.
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There is a nebulous link between the area and Australia. One of Wellington's staff, a surveyor named Mitchell, later became surveyor general of NSW and did much exploring. He named a mountain in NW Victoria Mt. Arapile.
Australians (and others) who have visited Tasmania may be familiar with the "Salamanca" Markets in Hobart and the commemoration of the great general via nearby Mount "Wellington".Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
- Road Trip