Consuegra is located in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, one of the most beautiful and historic towns in all of Spain. Approximately with 11.000 thousand inhabitants, This Toledo municipality has become a benchmark for national tourism due to its variety of history, the many historical buildings to visit and the odd route loaded with Spanish history, like Don Quixote's route. further, Consuegra is known for its remarkable gastronomy, whose recipe book can be found in Don Quixote, and the one from the Montes de Toledo.
The mills of Consuegra
Talking about Consuegra is synonymous with windmills. They are located at the top of the hill to take advantage of the air currents and add a total of 12 windmills. Nowadays. Some of these mills are so old that they date back to the 16th century, being essential in the development of the Toledo town, since the absence of currents prevented the establishment of river mills. These mills were used to grind wheat, to make flour. One of the twelve windmills is called "Sancho" and it still works in a traditional way in Consuegra. Other windmills are dedicated to another La Mancha theme and many others refer to some of the chapters of Don Quixote. The Rucio mill preserves the original machinery from the 16th century and is the only one in Spain that offers daily grinding during 300 days a year. From the hand of one of the last remaining professional millers in La Mancha, We will enter the entrails of the giant to contemplate the operation of its mechanism in a wonderful guided tour. It is said that it is the most famous mill of all there is.
The old town, medieval times of Consuegra
The Plaza de España is the Town Hall, the Arch and the Clock Tower, all of them renaissance style. You can also see the Colegio de San Gumersindo or the current headquarters of the Municipal Museum in the Los Corredores building. In this medieval and historical town, you can see the Church of the Holy Christ of Veracruz in a baroque and neoclassical style., In addition, you can also see in this location the Parish Church of Santa María la Mayor. On the other side of the river is the Church of San Juan built in the 16th century and which survived the floods.
This fortress is of Muslim origin and is one of the best preserved castles in all of Castilla-La Mancha. It is renovated both inside and outside for visitors. The structure of this castle is unusual. It is made up of a square central structure with a large cylindrical tower on each of its sides.. The enclosure is surrounded by a barrier of which there are only remains in the part that faces the parade ground.
There is a room that was discovered almost by chance years later and that turned out to be one of the immense cisterns that stored water enough to withstand long sieges without problems.. In 1962, Consuegra City Council acquires the castle and began a comprehensive restoration process. As a result, you can access the hermitage, the wells, the round steps, the chapter house, the albarrana tower, the terraces and the barbican.
The Well of the Lizards
It is an open-air museum that you cannot miss when visiting Consuegra. Colored sculptures that refer to music, writers, etc ... This cultural visit is guided by the author of the works himself, Vicente Manzano. Between visit to the windmills, Historic center of Consuegra is interesting to make a stop on the way and have lunch or dinner at the Abrasador Canela y Limón restaurant, specialist in grilled meat dishes and is in a perfect location in Plaza de España.