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.
These rustic sentinels have stood along the Cerro Calderico ridge, since the 16th century and appear to protect the medieval Castle of Consuegra.
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.
At the top you can experience some wonderful panoramic views across the plains.
Annually, at the end of October, the village of Consuegra celebrates the Festival of the Saffron Rose.
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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