Consuegra is in the province of Toledo in Castilla-la-Mancha.
"Consuegra is famous for its charming white windmills, the same ones that Don Quixote mistook for giants and attacked in the book "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha".
Explore Consuegra, Spain
Consuegra is an attractive town with nice squares and a number of Mudejar churches. The main square is the Plaza de Espana and has a Renaissance style town hall and houses with attractive wooden galleries. Opposite the town hall is the 'Los Corredoros' building in typical La Mancha 17th century style. It has lovely wooden details.
The windmills of Consuegra
Consuegra is famous for its windmills. These are the same ones, though restored, that Don Quixote fought in Cervante's novel "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" when he mistook the sails for the arms of giants. Because of the windmills Consuegra is part of the 'Don Quixote trail' which takes travellers around the main sights mentioned in the book.
The windmills are attractive round white windmills with black roofs and sails and sit in a line of 11 along the top of a hill. There were 13 originally and 11 of them remain. Each of the windmills has its own name. The windmills stopped being used for grinding grain in the 1980s though one is now used as an ice-cream shop - a welcome place to cool down from the high summer temperatures experienced in Castilla La Mancha. The tourist office is housed inside one of the windmills giving you a chance to step inside.
The windmills and the surrounding planes and views over Consuegra below are highly photogenic.
The fields around Consuegra turn purple in the autumn as the saffron crocuses bloom and one of the windmills (the one called Sancho) is set in motion each year for the celebration's of the harvest of the saffron crop. The celebrations take place on the last weekend of October.
Also on the ridge overlooking the town is a ruined castle of 10th century Moorish origin and from here you get great views over the surrounding plains and the windmills.
Places to visit nearby
Consuegra is about 60km from Toledo and makes an excellent day trip from here.
The route of Don Quixote from Consuegra to Belmonte can be done in a day.