Miguel de Cervantes, considered the greatest Spanish writer of all time, jumped from place to place, in an intense life full of adventures. But What we are going to visit are places that served as inspiration for his great works, they are called Cervantes places. We review 5 of them, who remember more than notoriously the adventures the protagonist of his most universal work: Don Quijote of La Mancha.
Cervantes places that you will love
1. Puerto Lápice
Puerto Lápice still retains three of its old sales, origin of the population. These sales, articulated around a large central courtyard, offered accommodation to travelers. The names of them evoke landscapes and characters of the unforgettable work of Cercantes.Puerto Lápice - Irantzu Arbaizagoitia
Besides, andn the town you can admire houses emblazoned of whitewashed facades and ornamental reería. The recommendation is to walk this scenario of the imaginary adventures of the ingenious gentleman.
In this place of Cervantes, don't forget to visit the Sierrecilla, to admire two windmills that have been restored and enjoy beautiful views.
If you want to relive the adventures of Don Quijote, you have to visit Consuegra. This town of Toledo has a wonderful group of windmills They evoke quixotic adventures as few places do.Mills in Consuegra - leoks
This town constitutes an almost obligatory visit for those who want to photograph these classic mills, the same ones that the courageous Don Quixote will face, believing they were giants. There are 12, all baptized with quixotic names. Next to them, the castle attracts attention, with a viewpoint that gives beautiful views of this part of La Mancha.
"Look at your mercy," Sancho replied, "that those who resemble there are not giants, but windmills, and what look like arms on them are the blades, which, turned from the wind, make the millstone walk."
- Fragment of Don Quijote of La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes -
In the town center of Consuegra do not forget to walk around the Plaza España and admire the monuments that are around it, such as the Municipal Museum, the church of San Juan (from 1567 and Castilian-Mudejar style), the Town Hall; the church of Santa María la Mayor and the hermitage of Veracruz.
3. Alcazar of San Juan
Alcazar de San Juan is a typical Manchego town. A town of stone houses, windmills, good cheese and better wine. Place, also, very related to Miguel de Cervantes, since it was here that the writer's baptism certificate was found.Church of Santa María, Alcazar de San Juan - Trevor Huxham / Flickr.com
That document was found in 1748 in the church of Santa María la Mayor, one of the essential monuments to visit in Alcázar de San Juan. But also you have to visit the Posada de Santo Domingo or the Grand Prior Palace. The old convent of Santa Clara or the churches of Santa Quiteria and San Francisco are also of interest.
And, if you are looking for a typically Cervantine image, take the village exit towards Tomelloso, in the path You will find a set of mills in good condition.
A little curiosity: this town in La Mancha has its place in The QuijoteWell, here Camacho's weddings were offered. If you fancy tasting the stew that Cervantes said the servants took from the treat, you can do it, they serve it in restaurants in Alcázar de Juan, as they also prepare some other Cervantine recipes, such as scrambled eggs with pork farms and lamb brains.
4. Field of Criptana
Another of the Cervantes places that you can not miss is Campo de Criptana, about 8 kilometers from Alcazar de San Juan. A town where you will find typical houses nestled on steep slopes, some of them are excavated in the land, like the house of the Three Heavens.Field of Criptana - Iakov Filimonov
But its main attraction is the windmills. There are a dozen of them that are still standing and that house small museums dedicated to handicrafts and farming tools.
In the village, the baroque church of the convent of Carmen, of the 17th century, gives an account of its monumental facet. In this church an image of the Virgin is conserved, whose face is the work of Salzillo. Do not forget to know Poster or house of the Tercia, from the 16th century and the church of Our Lady of the Assumption.
5. El Toboso
It is another of the main places of Cervantes The Quijote. Here is the peculiar house of Dulcinea, which actually belonged to Mrs. Ana Martínez Zarco de Morales. The house is a typical 16th-century mansion where the dependencies and furniture of the period are preserved.
This beautiful villa also preserves other places of interest, such as the Cervantine Library, which has a large collection of copies of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote of La Mancha In different languages. Also worthwhile is the church of San Antonio Abad, from the 15th century; the convent of Trinitarian Recoletas, with a Sacred Museum, and the convent of Franciscanas.