In the region of La Mancha, the fans of the book written by Miguel de Cervantès Saavedra will have the opportunity to relive the adventures of the ingenious Hidalgo via some of the places mentioned in the book. One of the towns on this route is the magnificent Villanueva de los Infantes (Ciudad Real), which has quite a rich architectural heritage dating from the baroque and Renaissance eras of La Mancha. As the ancient administrative centre of the Order of Santiago used to be in this town, the famous writer Francisco de Quevedo lived here till he died. The façades of numerous sandstone houses display over 200 coats of arms. El Toboso, the village of Dulcinea located in Toledo, is another place described in the book written by Cervantès. Three buildings stand out from the rest in this town: the convent of Trinitarias Recoletas, Dulcinea's House, and the façade of the Franciscan convent. Finally, go and have fun in a decor of windmills, like the ones found in the villages of Consuegra (Toledo) and Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real).
Monument in honor of the famous literary character Don Quixote, in Aldea del Rey.© Jakobradlgruber / 123RF
Statue of Don Quixote in the town of Puerto Lápice manchego.© Richard Semik / 123RF
In Consuegra you will find one of the best preserved sets of windmills in Spain© joserpizarro / 123RF
Toledo is easily identifiable by the windmills.© Jakobradlgruber / 123RF
La Mancha, Aragon and Barcelona were the settings of the Don Quixote stories.© Igor Plotnikov / 123RF