Consuegra – the giants of Don Quixote


“- Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth.
– What giants?- asked Sancho Panza.
-The ones you can see over there – answered his master – with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long.
– Now look, your grace – said Sancho – what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.
– Obviously – replied Don Quixote – you don’t know much about adventures.” 

Miguel de Cervantes

Who doesn’t know the story of Don Quixote and his famous battle (tilting) with the windmills? This time I’m taking you to this magical land which inspired Cervantes whilst writing that century’s most famous work of literature.

Castilla-La mancha is best known for Toledo (here) and Cuenca (soon on the blog) as well as Manchego cheese (even if you haven’t tried it yet, you will certainly have heard of Spain’s most famous cheese). However, in my opinion it’s the windmills in Consuegra which are the real gems of La Mancha. It’s a perfect idea for a day-trip from Madrid. The town is nice and it’s worthwhile visiting on the last weekend of October during the Saffron festival (La Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafrán). The area around Consuegra is quite well known for its Saffron production, and the harvest season is a great occasion for the locals to throw a party, and for tourists an ideal opportunity to enjoy some local traditions.

It’s a good idea to go up and see the windmills in the afternoon – the setting sun only adds to their charm and creates an aura of fantasy

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