That is why this first article is aimed at those who, like us, want to enjoy moments that stop time and that are seductive reasons that serve as inspiration to prepare a trip. We take you by 8 different plans or experiences of the Route of Don Quixote that will make you rethink La Mancha for your next destination (This article will be updated as we get to know more quixotic Manchego villas on future trips)
8 different plans on the Route of Don Quixote de La Mancha
Remember that our articles are dynamic and live in a permanent state of updating. This list is based at the moment on a first trip along the Quijote Route (Tembleque, Consuegra, Manzanares, San Carlos del Valle, Villanueva de los Infantes, Argamasilla de Alba, Tomelloso and El Toboso) but with the knowledge that it is still a small partial vision of more than 2,500 kilometers and 148 municipalities that compose it We promise to expand it. Here are our first proposals:
1. Live a sunset in the first gourmet of Spain in Consuegra
It is possible that the mills of Consuegra, dated from the 19th century (although it is believed that there are two that already existed in the 16th century), have nothing to do with those imagined by Cervantes in the eyes of Don Quixote. However, located on the hill of Calderico, these 12 mills next to the castle are one of the attractions that attract tourists (including Asians) every year. One of them also retains a peculiarity. "Knight of the green Gabán" no longer grinds grain ...
We are facing him Spain's first gastromolino that, where before there was machinery now results in a gourmet shop on the first floor, a small kitchen in the middle and a dining room in the upper one.
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2. Let yourself be guided by Cervantes to Dulcinea's house in El Toboso
The small town of El Toboso may not be the one with the most Historical Heritage or the liveliest in the world but it is precisely the latter that gives more spirituality to this town of La Mancha where the monumental route gives way to a night route, a route of the wells and, above all, a literary route with phrases written on the walls of the facades of the houses
Guided by Cervantes himself and following chapter nine of the second part of his great book, we will arrive at the Dulcinea House-Museum leaving behind famous phrases like "With the church we have given Sancho" …CHARMING ACCOMMODATION IN EL TOBOSO:
If you want a different accommodation for the night, you will find in the Comedian's House the affection of a family business (we were treated great) with theatrical decoration and rooms that remind you of those of literature characters such as Don Quijote and La Celestina. Breakfast is served in its lower cave part ... extraordinary!
... or "In a dead end street"or"In each land its use", letting ourselves be carried away by the famous novel.
3. Succumb to Manchego cheese in a tasting in Manzanares
You listen to Manchego cheese and it makes your mouth water. What if we tell you that in the first Manchego Cheese Museum In the town of Manzanares, in addition to a tour through cheese and livestock utensils and audiovisual material, there is aold cellar of the cellar turned into tasting room to taste an extraordinary Manchego cheese with D.O.P.?
Located in a huge farmhouse known as "Casa de Malpica", including the patio, this tasting becomes a walk through the senses accompanied by a good wine from those that abound in the region.
4. Sleep between the walls of a true castle of the 13th century
The restaurant Pilas Bonas Castle It boasts a unique experience in the full population of Manzanares. It is a medieval fortress of the 13th century, formerly belonging to the Order of Calatrava, whose stables have been recovered and qualified for the hospitality industry In addition to its caves as a disco and other facilities for large events.
Without a doubt, sleeping like a medieval knight in any of its few but large (in two heights) and silent rooms, completely integrated into the castle, will make you aware that you have known how to combine history, culture and hospitality and feel privileged between the walls that not only served as a defense against Muslims, but also as a headquarters for French troops in the War of Independence or as a fortress quartered for the Christian army fighting in the Carlist War.
5. Enter the Cave of Medrano that gave rise to the novel in Argamasilla de Alba
A recent study by Francisco Parra Luna and Manuel Fernández Nieto prompted great controversy in the literary world by placing that "place of La Mancha" in Villanueva de los Infantes. However, far from debates in which we are not experts, it is precisely those clues of the hieroglyphics that Cervantes ingeniously left us, which endow these places with even greater wealth.
There is no doubt that Going into the Medrano Cave in Argamasilla de Alba moves you far beyond the Cervantes prison-scene that would give rise to the novel being the own people of the time people who would give characterization to the characters
6. Have a beer enjoying one of the most special squares in San Carlos del Valle
Beer lover, especially in the toughest heat days of La Mancha, this proposal for your path will surprise you. I'm not in Almagro (I don't know him yet), neither in Villanueva de los Infantes nor in Campo de Criptana. What if I tell you thatSan Carlos del Valle has a Plaza Mayor, 53 meters long and 21 meters wide, surrounded by stone columns that support galleries with wooden balusters, of the most beautiful of all our way?
If we add to this one of the most beautiful baroque churches with a central dome finished in acute spire arrow that reaches 47 meters, we have the perfect ingredients to sit at contemplate it on the terrace of the Santa Elena lodge enjoying a beer. Extensible to the Plaza Mayor de Tembleque.
7. Try the best pizza in the world at Marquinetti restaurant in Tomelloso
If they had asked me about the best pizza in the world before this trip, surely my ignorance would have led me to answer for one of Naples, Rome or, perhaps, even Florence. !Error!Jesús Marquina has won more championships than any Italian that boasts (even teaches them) and exposes its treasures in the showcases of its restaurant Marquinetti in Tomelloso with pride and, I have to admit, that letting you be seduced by a Rolling or a Dulcinea is not very difficult. That if, on the advice of his wife, we tried his new bet called Pizza Mare e Monti ... I have not tried better pizza in my life! (with that I say everything)
Not happy with it, in 2011 and with the help of all the people, suppliers and people from all over Spain, they achieved the Guinness record for the world's longest pizza with more than 1,100 meters of 40 cm wide pizza although here they did not want to stay behind in Naples and in 2016 they set a new record in more than 1,800 meters.
8. Stop the time of the streets and square of Villanueva de Los Infantes at nightfall
When you travel you begin to discover those unique, magical and different moments that are capable of stopping time and turning a plan or an experience into an unforgettable memory. Villanueva de Los Infantes is a beautiful town of La Mancha, one of the most beautiful we have visited these days, with stately homes, Manchego courtyards and multiple winks to the Route of Don Quixote but also to the footprints and remains of Quevedo. However, After setting the sun is when the town is transformed and you feel that you are in a special place where the hands of the clock have been stuck and do not need to move forward. You have an article dedicated to
Be sure to try typical dishes of the local cuisine as a Manchego asadillo, some porreta eggs or some duels and cracks (I have to admit that I had not tried so far)
What do you find different and seductive plans to complement the Quijote Route itself? Which one do you prefer? We would have a hard time deciding but soon we will tell you more about any of them.
Isaac, from the Quijote route in Castilla La Mancha