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Chinchón

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Some 30 mi to the south-west of Madrid, this typically Castilian village is known for its famous 15th century Plaza Mayor, which is converted into a bull-fighting arena for the corridas in the summer. As it is roughly circular in shape and filled with sand, it is not hard to imagine that it is the venue for bull-fighting! What a pity that it is used as a car park for the rest of the year! Located in the centre of the city, it is often used to shoot films, which is not surprising: with its white, three-floored houses built on top of arcades, with green wooden balconies and red tiled roofs, this village looks like something out of the Middle Ages! Bars, restaurants and taverns are hidden in the shade of the arcades. Enjoy a nice stroll in the maze of cobbled streets that lead up to the church of Piety, where you can admire one of Goya's works, "The assumption of the Virgin", which he painted in 1812. Just next to it is the splendid Lope de Vega theatre, built in the 19th century: it is sometimes used as a cinema. A little further on you will come across the Clock Tower that overlooks the village. Surrounded by relics; the esplanade and its three monuments overlook Plaza Mayor and afford a stunning view of Chinchón, its castle and its countryside. The village is also home to a superb parador de turismo: the convent of San Agustin, built in the 17th century.

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