Discover Toledo, a city of three cultures
Toledo maintains the traditions and historical monuments of the three cultures that have settled throughout its history, such as the Muslim, Jewish and Christian. The church of Santo Tomé or the synagogue of Santa María la Blanca They are a true reflection of the living tradition of the city in addition to being a national benchmark for its exquisite cuisine.
This historic city located on the hill of Castilla-La Mancha, being the capital of this and main point of interest thanks to its great heritage variety in which below we will highlight the most outstanding historical monuments in the city that was the home of the mannerist painter El Greco.
Definitely, one of the main attractions is the Toledo Cathedral named Santa Maria Cathedral O Primate Cathedral of Spain. Gothic in style and built between the 13th and 15th centuries (1226 Y 1493), stands out for its exquisite and striking exterior facade (up to three different) that make it one of the most important monuments in Spain and most interesting cathedrals in the world. The main facade is built with a tower of 92 meters high; the second is the oldest facade such as the Puerta del Reloj; and the last to be built was the Puerta de los Leones.
Despite its exuberant exterior facade, the interior design of the city's main monument has nothing to envy its exterior face. The Main Chapel and its altarpiece, the Chapter House, the Mozarabic Chapel, stained glass, the Choir or the Treasury, among others, make it worth paying 10 euros to access the interior.
Mirador del Valle
This is not a monument, but it is one of the most valued tourist attractions. The Mirador del Valle has become that space where you can contemplate sunrises and sunsets and enjoy those moments that are kept in the retina. You can see different historical buildings such as the Alcazar or the Tagus River.
Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca
It is one of the samples of the Jewish culture of the Toledo city. Located in the Jewish quarter, It is one of the favorite monuments to visit both residents and tourists. Of Mudejar religious origin, it was built in the 12th century (1180) and used as a synagogue for more than 200 years. Then it was used as a church under the invocation of the Virgin in 1411.
Its exterior architectural cleanliness contrasts with a beautiful interior with horseshoe arches, white walls and octagonal pillars that have subsequently served to build other synagogues in other countries. Besides this, in the Jewish quarter there is another interesting synagogue such as the 14th century Tránsito and inside the Sephardic Museum.
Alcázar of Toledo
Along with the Cathedral of Toledo, the Alcázar is the building that stands out in any panoramic view of Toledo. Located at the top of the city, the historic building dates to the mid-16th century when Charles V ordered the construction of a new royal residence.. This rectangular-shaped medieval fortress has Roman origins and inside is the treasured Library of Castilla-La Mancha.
Monastery of Juan de los Reyes
The convent of San Juan de los Reyes is a monastery belonging to the Franciscan Order, which was built under the reign of Isabel I of Castile with the intention of turning it into a royal mausoleum, commemorating the battle of Toro and the birth of Prince Juan. It is one of the most valuable examples of the Elizabethan Gothic style and the most important building erected by the Catholic Monarchs.
Bisagra Gate in Toledo
It is of Muslim origin and was totally rebuilt under the reigns of Carlos V and Felipe II.. It is a monumental entrance open in the walls of the north facade of the city of Toledo. The monument is flanked by this entrance two large circular towers. The body that faces the city has another door with a semicircular arch, flanked by two square towers topped by pyramidal roofs.
The Plaza de Zocodover is the current social center of the city, but it also occupies the place where throughout history the markets were installed in Toledo. It is the main square of Toledo and the meeting point of Toledo and tourists. It's more, next to the Plaza de Zocodover, there is Sillería street (where is our office located), which is where the horse saddles were made and those animals that were sold there in the square. It was also a place of inns and inns as it was a transit area for travelers who came to the city.
San Martin Bridge
It is one of the most important historical and monumental bridges in the city over the Tagus river next to the Alcantara river that is located at the opposite end. Of Gothic origin, it has the particularity of having a practically flat profile and is supported by a total of five arches or eyes.. Until 1976 this medieval bridge had to withstand road traffic. Currently only pedestrians are allowed.
Church of Santo Tomé
It is another of the monuments that you cannot miss when visiting Toledo. Not so much for its architectural construction, that also, but because with this visit you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the famous painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz by El Greco.
Castle of San Servando
The castle of S. Servando is nestled on the hill of the same name, on the left bank of the Tagus river and near the Alcántara bridge. The castle is made of masonry and red brickwork is the crowning of towers and walls on the southern side. It is one of the best works of Mudejar military architecture in Spain. It was used at different times to defend the confluence of roads that accessed the bridge and as a military defense fortress of the city, For this reason, it was the object of numerous damage and is currently very restored and used as a youth hostel.
Cristo de la Luz Mosque
This name was acquired when in the 12th century it became a church after the Christian reconquest. Originally built in the 10th century, It is together with the Mosque of Córdoba, the oldest of the mosques that are preserved in Spain.
further, Toledo has become a culinary benchmark in Castilian cuisine. Two of the best restaurants in the city of Toledo are Scorching restaurant El Ambigú located in the heart of Toledo and Scorching Restaurant Toledo; perfect restaurants for a lunch or dinner, with their daily menu or for tapas with friends.
In these restaurants, in addition to the best dishes of Castilian-La Mancha cuisine, we can find specialties in grilled meats as they have yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork and exquisite cuts with a lot of professional training.
The municipality of Consuegra has always been characterized by its windmills that were a headache for the protagonist of the Cervantes novel and are today a mandatory stop on a route through these lands. Twelve of them are kept in very good condition, of which five still maintain the original machinery.
Located on the slopes of the La Mancha region, its locality is between the east with Madridejos, to the north with Mora and Turleque, in the province of Toledo, and to the south with Villarrubia de los Ojos in Ciudad Real. Many famous people have left their signature in Consuegra and below we will do a brief review of the most prominent protagonists of the town.
This novel town was always a dream for Don Quixote de la Mancha. During the novel, at the top of Cerro Calderico the castle of La Muela and the mills of Consuegra stand like giants, those with whom Don Quixote de la Mancha fought. These mills were mistaken for giants. In the reality, they were built 13, but they remain standing 12 and of these, there are five that keep their machinery in perfect condition. They are Sancho, Rucio, Bolero, Espatero and Backpacks. The others also have curious names, all taken from Don Quixote, the most famous book in Spanish literature: Sparks, Knight in the Green Overcoat, Mambrino, Clavileño, Piggy bank, Cardeño and Vista Alegre.
Juan José of Austria
One of the most forgotten characters in history is Don Juan José de Austria, who is among the bastard sons of Philip IV, Well, it is said that, total, between legitimate and not, the planet king had more than 40 stems. With this illustrious person there was one of those unique periods, flourishing and that represented a radical change in the then town, was the one located in the middle of the seventeenth century, more specifically since the end of July 1664 until the beginning of August 1666, dates in which Consuegra had a guest of honor; nothing more and nothing less than the Prior of the Order of Saint John. This Spanish politician and military man recently defeated in the battle of Portugal requested a license to retire to some place in the priory, while the king looked for a position according to his person.
When the license was granted, our prior arrives in Consuegra, priory capital, where you are received with open arms, not only for the honor that the prior himself chose the town as his residence, but also for the benefits and favors that this could entail for the town and its inhabitants.
To end, the influence of Juan de la Tierra, how our prior was baptized, would also reach the religious area of Consuegra, since upon his arrival he brought with him from the Barcelona campaign an image that, according to him, had helped him to be victorious and that he had found himself at one of the gates of the Catalan city.
Alfonso García-Tejero and Ordoñez
19th century writer born in Consuegra. He was very prolific finding among other works such as El pilluelo de Madrid, The wedding nougat and pumpkins or El Caudillo de Morella. He was the son of the income manager Alfonso García Tejero and Juana Ordóñez, from Madrid.
He participated in one of the meetings of the revolution of 1868. A) Yes, In the democratic six-year term, he was appointed head of Development in Seville at the beginning of 1869 by Ruiz Zorrilla. In 1874 He was appointed head of the Development section in Cáceres. The 21 September 1890, The Correspondence of Spain gave notice that he had died in Madrid “old and forgotten, the distinguished writer and journalist Alfonso García Tejero, that forty years ago had true notoriety in the republic of letters”. One of his most outstanding works was the "The historical ballads. Lives of famous Spaniards ".
Jose Jimenez Donoso
(Consuegra, Toledo, 1632-Madrid, 1690). Spanish painter. Initially trained with his father and Francisco Fernández, between 1649 Y 1650 he went to Rome, where he trained in perspective and architecture painting. Upon his return to Madrid in 1657, entered the workshop of Juan Carreño de Miranda, where he practiced the portrait genre. He was a friend and collaborator of Claudio Coello, with whom he made numerous frescoes for the church of Santa Cruz in Madrid around 1667-1668, the chapel of San Ignacio and the sacristy of the Imperial College of the Jesuits of Madrid (destroyed) in 1673, as well as those of the wardrobe of the cathedral of Toledo in 1671-1673 and those of the Royal House of the Bakery of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid in 1673-1674. Prepared, together with Coello and Matías de Torres, the decoration of the room of Queen María Luisa de Orleans in the Royal Alcázar (destroyed). He specialized in the design of major altarpieces for churches and convents, like that of Our Lady of Victory in Madrid, of which only one drawing remains, San Francisco de Paula begging the Virgin.
He was one of the most important actors born in the town of Consuegra, that after studying high school he joined the Spanish University Theater of Madrid, where he took his first steps in the world of interpretation. In 1966 He made his film debut with the film La Busca, by Angelino Fons. He was married to the artist representative María Navarro (former manager of the tonadillera Isabel Pantoja). One of his best known appearances was in the series "Here there is no who lives".
Norberto Antonio García Roco
Norberto Antonio García-Roco González-Oteo. Republican politician and Catholic priest. Son of Narciso García-Roco Merino and Francisca González-Oteo García-Roco. Natural of Consuegra, signed the Spanish Federal Pact on behalf of the province of Toledo, in july 1869.
A) Yes, with all the historical monuments that surround Consuegra and famous people who have left their signature, During your visit it is recommended to make an almost mandatory stop for all who pass through here, such as the Scorching Canela y Limón restaurant, which is decked out in a peculiar way and living up to its name, in which they are specialists in dishes from the region as well as having grilled meat from their own breeding.
Consuegra has always been known throughout Spain for its famous windmills. This municipality full of history and heritage that encourages you to visit this Toledo town. The great symbol of Castilla-La Mancha, in a generic way, and especially from Consuegra, are the windmills, which currently holds up 12 windmills and each one has its own name with a lot of history behind it.
Clavileño, Espartero, Rucio, Knight of the Green Coat, Sparks, Piggy bank, Cardeño, Good views, Sancho, Backpacks, Mambrino and Bolero are the names given to each of them and these mills were used to grind wheat, to make flour.
These mills, according to historians, have been found since the 19th century, Although it is very possible that some go back to earlier times, and even up to the 16th century. At first they were 13 mills, although one was lost, since the machinery in some of them is from this time. Many windmills can be visited, as they are prepared to contain different activities, although it is convenient to make an appointment.
The Windmill "Bolero", Consuegra Tourist Office
This visitable windmill houses the Consuegra Tourist Office inside. During the visit it is possible to see all its complete rehabilitated mechanism.
An interesting option, during the visit to the Consuegra windmills, It is located in the Scorching Canela y Limón restaurant, a reference place in the province of Toledo and is located in Consuegra and specialized in grilled meats, is wall to wall, next to the famous Bar The Fishing.
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.
“All the establishments that are part of the Group are a family, the Burning family”
Carlos Torres, chef of the restaurant Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres, located in the Toledo municipality of Villacañas and gastronomic advisor to the Abrasador Group, tells us in this interview what are the keys to success in a restaurant.
Villacañas Natural, Carlos Torres has dedicated his entire life to the restaurant sector: "My professional career began in the family business, created by my father does 37 years, which currently offers hospitality services, catering, wedding organization, events, etc. It all started with a “traditional bar” business, that over time evolved to become a leading hospitality group in the area, after betting on high quality and avant-garde cuisine ”Torres points out.
Trained in Toledo School of Hospitality, this chef has worked in different restaurants and this has allowed him to “learn from the best hoteliers”, as he himself says. He currently runs the kitchen of the Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres restaurant and is also a member of the Association Eurotoques Castilla- La Mancha, and is part of the Board of Directors of the Provincial Association of Hotel and Tourism Toledo.
A lifetime dedicated to the catering sector, Carlos tells us his best kept secrets, because as this businessman emphasizes, "Hospitality is their way of life, his talent, his passion… ”
"Definitely, what I like the most in the world is to make others happy and I achieve this thanks to gastronomy. I do not need anything else"
Carlos, let's talk about your restaurant When was it created and what characteristics does it have?
Burning El Capricho de las Torres, formerly called Torres Restaurant, was built with the aim of giving, especially, food service for companies, always oriented towards high quality hospitality.
After the crisis of 2008, my brothers and I decided to convert the restaurant to a new format of hospitality that, at those moments I was succeeding in Madrid, and that's when we introduced the concept of gastrobar, with the aim of achieving a modern kitchen space more dedicated to gastronomy itself.
On the other hand, in those moments the concept of ember began to take, more and more great recipes were made using this type of technique. It was there when we met the Burning Group, to the Ramírez family. First, we test your product, and from that moment, we realized that the client increasingly demanded that gender, that good product that the Burning Group offered us, and after a few months we decided to associate with them.
At present, our kitchen could be described as a modern kitchen with certain avant-garde touches and charcoal. And what am I going to tell you, the truth is that we are very happy with the decision we made with the Ramírez family.
In Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres we can reach the 350 diners in the restaurant area, we also have other spaces such as, for example, the “tapería” area, that we could describe it as the “usual bar space” and, by last, we have the "gastro" zone, where our clients can enjoy rations downtown to share.
That is to say, We have adapted our spaces so that our clients do not come to our restaurant exclusively to eat, but they can enjoy our establishment whenever they want because for that "we are multi-space". (Laughs).
Your restaurant has become a success story for Grupo Abrasador, What can you tell me about it?
I would say that this is possible thanks to the dedication and passion that we put into everything we do.. I also think that our personnel management is very important, there is nothing worse than not knowing what you are doing, no matter how motivated you are. You could say that we combine passion with management.
Why is it important to have a good quality policy in the catering sector?
Currently we don't go out to eat, to eat we have left it for the day to day. Now what we are looking for in a restaurant is the experience it offers us but, Of course, if at the moment of truth you don't have a quality product to back you up, customers will not return.
With Grupo Abrasador I know that quality is guaranteed and that gives me peace of mind, I used to go to the butcher shop and they would sell me what they wanted, but now thanks to the product, which is always the same, we managed to build customer loyalty.
What differentiates your restaurant from other establishments in the area?
I would say that our identity makes us different. Thanks to this we can serve experiences. We have a clear objective and that is our client. Today traditional hospitality has changed and there are two options: or do you have identity, or you are one more and, It is already very difficult to be the best!
Sincerely, I think you shouldn't try to be the best, you have to try to be different so they don't compare you. When we put our product on the table, no one can compare us to others, because our clients leave with an experience.
Do you have any upcoming goals?
In these difficult times it is difficult to talk about upcoming goals or challenges. In our company we had in mind to launch a new project "agriculture to process pistachio" but this has changed today.
Right now our main objective is to save the year, serve people as best as possible and, especially, take care of our staff. At this time, businessmen have to give the best of ourselves because in the end the team is the 80 percent of work. I think the numbers this year are not going to be good and that's why you have to think about us and take care of our team. Without a doubt, our goal today is more personal than professional..
Now let's talk about your relationship with the Burning Group
How many years have you been associated with scorching brand?
We met the Ramírez family in the year 2015. And it was in the year 2016 when we join the group. I have to say that this decision has changed our lives, we have changed the concept of thinking, thanks in part to the training provided by the chain. We are a family Y together We have learned to manage teamwork so that everything works out, regardless of the product, which is also very important and, As I said before, diners are delighted (laughs); together with Abrasador we have grown hand in hand both personally and professionally.
What do you think are the keys to success of your restaurant?
Passion: working with passion is the key to job success.
Constancy: Pablo Picasso said that we are a 10 percent inspiration and a 90 percent work, So I believe that consistency is one of the keys to achieving that success..
Humility: Absolute truth has no one and thanks to humility we can continue learning. I think we all contribute knowledge and ideas and without humility we cannot learn.
Have you had a sales increase in recent years?
Yes and no, we from the first day we opened the restaurant as a gastrobar in 2014 we have always worked very well, although it is true that when we changed from molecular cuisine to scorching cuisine we did notice that people repeated more.
We have had a very weekend public for a few years, people coming from Madrid, who are used to this type of cuisine, and that's why he likes our restaurant, but now we also have families that come to celebrate any type of event, or simply a group of people looking to meet and choose us.
What values you highlight this Restaurant Group?
Passion, constancy, humility, ability to team up and, especially, I would define them as family, family is the word that best describes them. All the establishments that are part of the group are Burning family and we understand this as well because we all have one thing in common: we don't work just for the money and that's the basis for success. The economic issue is a consequence that comes, that is there, and of course it is necessary, but it is not the primary key.
Hospitality is a way of life and we all love what we do
What you are positioned as in your city?
In Tripadvisor and Google we are positioned as the number one restaurant 2, and our score is 4.6.
¿It is important for a restaurant your online reputation and digitization? Why?
As a person who likes to learn, I have always had an internal debate on this topic. At first I did not bet on this type of tools, preferred offline communication, the word of mouth of a lifetime, but with the passage of time we have realized that the client has changed and this means that we no longer only have clients from Villacañas, We also have external clients from other towns.
Thus, Both me and the rest of the team have learned that having a good online reputation is basic and that the door of our restaurant is not glass, it's digital. When you carefully analyze what you do in your daily life, is when you realize that if you go out to eat somewhere, the first thing you do is call an acquaintance and, Secondly, search the Internet, Read the comments and also read the owner's responses.
Today I understand that digital reputation is so important, how to turn on the coffee maker in the morning, in that order, because if you don't have a good digital reputation you will still be one more, you will have fixed clients, that over time they will get tired, because people demand changes. Definitely, good reviews can help us a lot, but the bad ones can help us even more ... and, yes, online reputation is very important.
And to end, As an advisory chef to the Group, do you think that in the world of restaurants a little more training is needed in the sector? Why?
Of course, in our case a 10% of our annual budget, whatever it is, we dedicate it to training, either books, courses, seminars, gastronomic escapades that serve us as learning…
Keep in mind that training is basic, there is no life without training, I've been a cook since 13 years and I have never stopped training, because cooking is easy, the difficult thing is to be able to combine all the emotions and manage them within a company. Without training we couldn't do that. So much for the kitchen, as for team management, from a restaurant, or even for digital management ... training is basic.
Dinner with magic show at the Scorching Canela y Limón Restaurant
The 25 In January a magical evening awaits you at Scorching Canela y Limón, the show has several magicians such as: Julianini, Martilda, Raul Alegria, Luis Olmedo, Pepin Banzo and Lautaro.
Come and enjoy our menu, maybe you will discover the magic flavor of our dishes:
Beef tataki with pistachio praline
Squid croquettes in their ink
Low temperature cod with ali-oli, honey and wakame seaweed
Grilled curry honey medallion of veal
Cookie and caramel cake
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