Visiting Campo de Criptana

The Cryptan town has more historical monuments than the well-known mills

To mention Campo de Criptana is to take a look at Don Quixote. Both the recognizable image of the windmills and the fight that the nobleman of Cervantes undertook have become the hallmark of this beautiful town that treasures a wealth of historical buildings and cultural and artistic life. Despite this, the Cryptan town treasures much more buildings and monuments to see than the Don Quixote windmills.

The wind mills

The wind mills, an icon of Castilla-La Mancha

The wind mills, an icon of Castilla-La Mancha

Definitely, the great attraction of the city. Windmills are known for their mention in chapter VII of the first part of Don Quixote, in the XVIII century. Until 10 Windmills sit on the slope and top of the hill between the landscapes of “Sierra de los Molinos” Y “Hill of Peace”.; three of them dated from the 16th century as the Infante Mill, Sardinero Mill and Burleta Mill. In 1978 were declared a Site of Cultural Interest.

Sara Montiel Museum

Sara Montiel Museum

Sara Montiel Museum

Another of the best known windmills is the Culebro as it is the Sara Montiel Museum where we can see an exhibition-tribute to Sara Montiel, actress and singer of national and international trajectory more than remarkable, that collects all your successes and memories, Photographs, dresses and relics of different sign. At the museum entrance, a legend that leaves no room for doubt: “Sara Montiel, universal giant. The diva among the divas”.

further, You can choose to take the route of the mills that runs through the Sierra de los Molinos and the Plaza Mayor. It allows to know one by one the ten ‘giants’ that are still preserved in Campo de Criptana, the caves and the Albaicín neighborhood, in addition to visiting important monuments such as El Pósito.

 

the Granary

the Granary

the Granary

During your visit to Campo de Criptana you should not miss El Pósito. This 16th century building, expanded in the 18th century during the reign of Carlos III, hosted an agricultural bank that, under the control of the City Council, lent grain to farmers in times of leanness in advance of the coming year. Its purpose was twofold: make loans in kind to farmers, that were reinstated the following year once the harvest was harvested, and regulate the wheat market, when the price of this and that of bread tended disproportionately to the rise, in order to avoid or mitigate possible social conflicts. Today it is the Municipal Museum, contains a permanent display of archeology, houses temporary exhibitions, conferences and institutional events.

Albaicín neighborhood

Albaicín neighborhood

Albaicín neighborhood

Losing yourself among the beautiful streets of this Cryptan neighborhood is undoubtedly one of the best plans to make during this getaway. Albaicín brings together beautiful narrow and steep streets that in the form of a small labyrinth extends at the foot of the Sierra de los Molinos. This neighborhood includes stairways and a white and blue color that stains the houses and plinths of the city. Likewise, During the tour, you will be able to enjoy privileged views of the mills that at night appear as illuminated giants.

Parish Church ‘Our Lady of the Assumption’

Parish Church ‘Our Lady of the Assumption’

Parish Church ‘Our Lady of the Assumption’

Perhaps the most historic religious building in the city. Raised by effort and pride on the part of the cryptans, thanks to your donations, work and material for the parish building that was burned in 1936 during the Civil War. already 1958 The current Church of Our Lady of the Assumption was inaugurated.

The large and high-rise parish stands out for its bell tower that can be seen from different points of the city. The most remarkable thing is the bay vault of the transept as well as the outer tower. Inside, in addition to the stained glass at the ends of the transept, representing Santo Tomas de Villanueva and San Juan de Ávila, two sculptural wood carvings are of interest: the so-called Virgin of Villajos from the late 13th century and the Cristo de la Expiración, this last one by Juan Cristóbal, 20th century artist. Likewise, The paintings that decorate the main altar by the painter Isidro Antequera and the simple and decorative borders of the small apse by Francisco Valbuena Jr. deserve the visitor's attention..

Cave-Silo

Cave silo Campo de Criptana

Cave silo Campo de Criptana

Due to its particularity, This cave is worth visiting since we cannot find historical buildings of such similarity in the Iberian Peninsula. It is located next to the 16th century Infanto Mill. This patrimonial resource of the town was used by the millers to store the wheat but that, over time, they became humble dwellings.

This cave-silo, that has been recently recovered and rehabilitated, lost its usefulness in the late 60 or early 70 of the last century and in it has been found numerous information on the customs of the time. Its interior is divided into two rooms, the one closest to the entrance has a fireplace and the one at the back, with a little manger.

Hermitages of Campo de Criptana

Hermitages of Campo de Criptana

Hermitages of Campo de Criptana

Another of the most outstanding religious heritages of Campo de Criptana are the multitude of hermitages built between the 16th and 18th centuries, that have important artistic elements typical of the Renaissance and Baroque. Ermita de la Veracruz, Virgin of Peace, Santa Ana, among others are the hermitages that comprise the most outstanding religious monuments of the city of La Mancha.

How could it be otherwise, Campo de Criptana is also known for its gastronomy already mentioned by Cervantes in Don Quijote. One of the most prominent restaurants both for its idyll with the history of the town and its well-known specialties in local dishes and grilled meats is Scorching Restaurant Sancho's saddlebag. Undoubtedly a magnificent occasion to recall dishes of the time and enjoy one of the best meats from Spanish territory.

Scorching Restaurant Sancho's saddlebag

 

RESERVATIONS

What to see in Ciudad Real

The Scorching restaurant El Mirador de La Mancha it's not just any restaurant. It differs from the everyday restaurants of the environment that surrounds it, both for its privileged location full of nature and for the different activities offered by this restaurant environment where you can enjoy a rural complex, among other alternatives. From the Scorching restaurant El Mirador de La Mancha we will mention some of the most outstanding.

The first and great option is the rural complex that is located in the heart of La Mancha, same location as the restaurant specializing in grilled meat, how is the rural accommodation El Mirador de La Mancha. Perfect wooden lodgings such as cabins or suites, among other, to enjoy a few days or a perfect weekend with your loved ones. Ideal for a unique experience.

Daimiel Tables

Daimiel Tables

And if that was not enough, very close, you can enjoy the Ruidera where then to practice with activities such as kayaking or enjoy the fauna and flora that this lake treasures. In this sense it is the Tables of Daimiel, a wetland with a lot of history and tradition, since it was declared a National Park, Biosphere Reserve and included within the Ramsar Convention.

Ruidera

Ruidera

Likewise, in this province, there is also the Cabañeros National Park, in which you can contemplate the great diversity of fauna and botanical species together with its peculiar geology, make this natural space a jewel of great natural value, being the natural site representative of the Mediterranean mount, within the network of national parks.

Cabañeros Park

Cabañeros Park

But if Castilla-La Mancha is different and is an icon of this community, they are the windmills and very close to the restaurant you can see the windmills with the most tradition and history of Ciudad Real, such as the windmills of Campo de Crypt. Just 64 kilometers from the grilled meat restaurant splendid set of industrial heritage is this space of Asset of Cultural Interest.

Mills Field Criptana

further, It is very interesting to visit the city of Almagro, One of the most beautiful towns in the autonomous community for its tradition and particular history as El Corral de Comedias de Almagro is located in the Plaza Mayor of this La Mancha city. Declared a National Monument the 4 March 1955, maintains the original structure of the 17th century comedy corrals, probably due to the continuity of its use as an inn.

Corral de Comedias

Corral de Comedias

Visits to these treasures of the La Mancha community can be completed with a visit to the Scorching restaurant El Mirador de La Mancha which has specialties in yearling veal and grilled field bait Iberian pork, among other specialties and thus enjoy a unique experience while passing through Ciudad Real.

Salon burning lookout spot events

Decorated hall events

RESERVATIONS

Dinner menu for Valentine's Day

With live dance hand the group “Maestronis”

On Saturday 15 Feber waited on the restaurant Scorching Sancho's saddlebag in Campo de Criptana, we encourage you to spend a nice evening with us, the spectacle of the group “Maestronis” and with the support of our menu made with love for this beautiful day.

Keep an eye on the menu, we assure you fall in love with him:

STARTERS TO THE CENTER TO SHARE

Iberian ham with cheese rosemary
Iberian ham Galician
House salad with teriyaki sauce lardones

SECONDS TO CHOOSE DISHES

Calf entrecote grilled

Iberian pork grilled

Boneless leg kid fried with garlic

Sea bass with baking oven

DESSERT

Sweet night of passion

COFFEE AND WINES DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

PRICE PER PERSON: 35 €

Christmas menus Scorching Sancho's saddlebag

MENU 30

Starters to share (4 PEOPLE)

Iberian ham with cheese La Casota
Dozen grilled shrimp
Cuttlefish to the Andalusian

SECOND COURSE TO CHOOSE

Sirloin of beef grilled (300g)

Boneless leg kid fried with garlic

Chuletillas de lechal

Hake fresh to taste

Cod with ratatouille manchego

DESSERT

Brioche with vanilla ice cream

Coffee and glass of champagne or chupito

Wines

Price per person: 30 €

MENU 36

Starters to share (4 PEOPLE)

Assortment of Iberian
Cesar salad with crispy Veal

PLATO INDIVIDUAL

2 Grilled king prawns
2 National cooked prawns
2 Grilled Zamburriñas

SECOND COURSE TO CHOOSE

Magret of grilled beef (Juicy cut needle 300g)

Iberian sirloin grilled aroma of Mt.

Chuletillas de lechal

Cocochas cod with the garlic prawns

DESSERT

Brioche with vanilla ice cream

Coffee and glass of champagne or chupito

Wines

Price per person: 36 €

MENU 40

Starters to share (4 PEOPLE)

Table of Iberian cheese
Mussels specialty

PLATO INDIVIDUAL

2 Grilled carabineros
2 Zamburriñas

SECOND COURSE TO CHOOSE

Shoulder of lamb to the oven

Beef tenderloin grilled

Tenderloin Tournedos grilled Iberian (250g)

Sea bass back with the garlic prawns

DESSERT

The saddlebag Sancho

Coffee and glass of champagne or chupito

Wines

Price per person: 40 €