The ‘Giants’ of Campo de Criptana, Spain

In En-Route, Europe, Our Journeys, Spain, Trip-Types, World Travelby Janis2 Comments

Don Quixote met his match

These wonderfully preserved 16th-century iconic windmills stand proud across the Sierra de Molinos with an unwavering view of Campo de Criptana below.

The Giants, Campo de Criptana, Spain

We could see the 10 towering giants for miles when we approached, but it’s such a fantastic sight when you are up close and walking amongst their whitewashed walls.

“On guard,”

There were only a few visitors around when we were there and with the windmills in such proximity of each other, it’s easy to conjure up visions in your mind of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, jostling with the outstretched arms of the windmills.

Don Quixote, Campo de Criptana, Spain

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Take a peek

Each of the ten windmills is individually named, and one is now home to the local Tourist Office.

Poyatos, Campo de Criptana, Spain
El Infante, Campo de Criptana, Spain

For a couple of euros each, you can take a look around one of the preserved molinos to gain a greater understanding of the mechanics behind these ‘Giants’, and how the roofs would have been rotated for the prevailing winds.

Facing the wind, Campo de Criptana, Spain

Records show that in the 19th-century there were 34 windmills in this area.

Turning the mill, Campo de Criptana, Spain
The Mills, Campo de Criptana, Spain

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La Mancha

This style of a windmill is so synonymous amongst the plains of La Mancha; it is fantastic to see them dotted around the landscape.

Nine Mills in sight, Campo de Criptana, Spain

When touring around I love the fact that there are these iconic sights or structures that you immediately know where you are in the world, we had arrived at Castile-La Mancha.

Route of Don Quixote, Campo de Criptana, Spain

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Visited Campo de Criptana? or have you visited the mills at Consuegra? And who else has read Don Quixote? Gary has - amusing, if a challenging read.

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Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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