Last Friday I took my Little Rascals on a spontaneous trip to Castilla-La Mancha to see the famous windmills. We visited three little towns located in Toledo province.
Spanish windmills, famous due to the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, are one of the symbols of Castilla-La Mancha community.
We made our first stop at El Romeral, a teeny tiny town located around 100km South from Madrid. There are four windmills there out of which three are restored. We haven’t spent much time in the town as we could see the storm on the horizon and especially V was getting worried.
A town of Tembleque is sometimes called Puerta de La Mancha (“a Gate to La Mancha”). There are three windmills there (two are restored), located just outside the town, next to the A4 highway. It was actually supposed to be our first stop, but I missed the turn and decided to go to El Romeral first.
As it still wasn’t raining, I decided to drive into the town and give a short walk before going to our last destination. Tembleque has a lovely and worth seeing town square (Plaza Mayor) built in typical style of La Mancha. We wandered through the narrow and charming streets before the rain forced us to go back to the car.
Our last stop was at a town called Consuegra. There are 12 windmills located on a hill Cerro Calderico just outside the town. It’s one of the biggest and best-kept complexes of windmills in Spain.
Along the windmills, there’s also a medieval castle (Castillo de la Muela). It was originally built by Moors in 10th century and today is one of the best-preserved castles of Castilla-La Mancha.
We arrived at the top of the hill just a few minutes before a really heavy rain and hail started to fall. Rascals were a bit scared but I have to say the scenery was one of a kind. So instead of a picnic, we ate our lunch inside the car accompanied by a sound of rain drops hitting the roof.
When the weather got better I managed to convince Rascals to leave the car. We walked around the windmills and outside of the castle (I didn’t want to risk yet another hail attack and preferred not to enter it).
We also entered a tourist information office located in one of the windmills. Upstairs (after paying a small fee) one can see the windmill’s mechanism and a short video explaining how it worked.
After the walk, we stopped for some time on a parking located just below the hill and then headed home. All in all, we had a really lovely day.