Seven of the windmills overlooking Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain

The Guardians of Consuegra, Spain

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The historic windmills

The 12 windmills with their outstretched arms stand regimented as if patrolling the small town of Consuegra.

You can almost imagine Cervantes’s Sancho Panza laden down struggling up the hill with Don Quixote beside him.

The Castle & five windmills, Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain

These rustic sentinels have stood along the Cerro Calderico ridge, since the 16th century and appear to protect the medieval Castle of Consuegra.

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.

The Mills

Originally there were 13 molinos (windmills), each with a different name and were handed down from father to son. They usually consisted of two rooms and the grain had to be carried in sacks to the top floor for the milling.

These windmills stopped being used in the early 1980’s and today 12 have been restored and renamed.

The names were all taken from Cervantes’s novel.

A pair of windmills, Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain

Located around 63km (40 miles) south of Toledo, you can easily reach these wonderful structures through the small roads of Consuegra.

A solitary windmill overlooking Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain

Jump onboard

One of favourites ways to kick off our trips is to let Brittany Ferries take the strain, sit back, relax and go with the flow. Enjoy a little bit of France onboard as you sail directly into Bilbao or Santander in northern Spain.

The views

At the top you can experience some wonderful panoramic views across the plains.

Seven of the windmills overlooking Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain

Annually, at the end of October, the village of Consuegra celebrates the Festival of the Saffron Rose.

A pair of windmills overlooking Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain

Some of the worlds finest Saffron is grown in this region and about 250,000 crocus flowers are needed to produce one kilo of saffron, which takes around 400 hours of manual work (no wonder it is so expensive).

A pair of windmills pearched high-up the hill in Consuegra, La Mancha, Spain

Have You?

Visited these amazing windmills? Or any others on the plains of La Mancha? We'd love to hear about your stories.

Inspired to visit Consuegra?

Why not make it part of your own Spanish Road trip?

For a real taste of their history read Cervantes - Don Quixote - An amusing tale.

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