The windmills of Consuegra
“Those thou seest there,” answered his master, “with the long arms, and some have them nearly two leagues long. Look, your worship,” said Sancho; “what we see there are not giants but windmills, and what seem to be their arms are the sails that turned by the wind make the millstone go.” (Cervantes, Miguel. El Ingenioso Hidalgo de Don Quijote de la Mancha. Capítulo VIII).
133 km south of Madrid is located the city of Consuegra on the plateaus of Castilla La Mancha. In this village you will find one of the best-preserved groups of windmills in Spain. Its construction dates back to the nineteenth century and currently 12 are conserved in perfect condition.
The historic windmills were built on the Calderico Hill next to the Castle of the Muela, Muslim construction of the 10th century and one of the castles of the region of Toledo in better state of conservation. The windmills and the castle refer us to the landscapes that have inspired the prose of Cervantes of the adventures of the noble knight Don Quixote and the faithful squire Sancho Panza and their “imaginary giants”…
From the summit of the hill on sunny days and clear sky, especially, in the spring it is possible to see the vast area of the plateaus of Castilla La Mancha in the surroundings of Consuegra in a mosaic of vivid colors in green and yellow tones and beautiful sunsets.
The city of Consuegra is part of the so-called route of the windmills of La Mancha, also called, Don Quijote’s Mills. Among the Manchego villages which preserves the historic windmills are Tembleque, El Romeral, Herencia, Alcázar de San Juan, Campo de Criptana and Mota del Cuervo, as well as Consuegra.
Consuegra, in addition to the windmills and Castillo de la Muela, has many other attractions that can be seen through guided tours. For more information please access the website: http://www.consuegra.es/.