Consuegra: Windmills and a castle
Consuegra is a marvellous scenic viewpoint facing La Mancha's horizons. Its 12 most typical windmills of La Mancha along with La Muela Castle are a must-see in your visit to Castilla-La Mancha.
What to see:
Windmills such as these in Consuegra inspired Miguel de Cervantes to create the famous episode of the battle against the giants in his work 'Don Quixote'.
The Calderico ridge is a rocky outcrop which rises above the plain of La Mancha. This is the site of the La Muela or Consuegra castle, which is Muslim in origin but modified and extended during the 12th century by the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. It has three defensive enclosures and has been restored in recent decades.
However this ridge is known above all because it is home to twelve of the thirteen windmills that originally stood here, all of which have been christened with names taken from the immortal work 'Don Quixote'. Four of them still conserve their machinery in good working order. The windmill known as Molino Sancho is particularly interesting and dates from the 16th century. It is used as the venue for the Consuegra Saffron Festival.
What to do:
Opening hours windmills
1 June to 30 September:
Monday to Friday from 10.10 am to 1.40 pm and from 4.40 pm to 6.40 pm
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 10.40 am to 1.40 pm and 4.40 pm to 6.40 pm
1 October to 31 May:
Monday to Friday from 10.10 am to 1.40 pm and from 3.40 pm to 5.40 pm
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 10.40 am to 1.40 pm and 3.40 pm to 5.40 pm
Closed: 25 December and 1 and 6 January.
The 12 windmills of Consuegro are a must for any traveler of Castile-La Mancha. They are only 15 minutes from Villa Nazules boutique hotel.