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.
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.
A helpful guide
There are so many incredible places to discover in Spain and I love planning road trips. I often use the DK Eyewitness books, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Spanish road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
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.
Take a peek
Each of the ten windmills is individually named, and one is now home to the local Tourist Office.
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.
Records show that in the 19th-century there were 34 windmills in this area.
This style of a windmill is so synonymous amongst the plains of La Mancha; it is fantastic to see them dotted around the landscape.
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.
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