Toledo is one of the most spectacular cities in Spain. Equally beautiful are some of the municipalities of his province in which he emphasizes his heritage or his relationship with the top work of Miguel de Cervantes: The Quijote. We visit Consuegra, Orgaz, El Toboso, Oropesa and Talavera de la Reina, 4 wonderful towns of Toledo.
Villages of Toledo what should you visit
If Consuegra is known for something, it is for its twelve mills aligned on the hill of Calderico. Each of them receives a name related to The Quijote: the Sancho, the Rucio, the Bolero, the Espartero ... Precisely these four are the ones that still keep their machinery in good condition.Consuegra - leoks
The mills, which also They are one of the most beautiful and recognizable prints of Castilla-La ManchaThey have their origin in the 16th century, when the drought forced the locals to find a different way to grind the beans.
The other great attraction of Consuegra is the Castillo de la Muela. There are historians who argue that it was Emperor Trajan who commanded its construction, but the existing documentation places its construction in the 10th century, during the Caliphate of Cordoba. The fortification belonged to Alfonso VI and Alfonso VIII, among others. He was also witness to the death of Diego, son of Cid Campeador.
2. El Toboso
Continuing with references to The Quijote Through the towns of Toledo we find El Toboso, the famous town of Dulcinea. In fact, you can visit his house. This was rebuilt during the sixties, so it has achieved a good reproduction of the 16th century manchego mansion that should have been.El Toboso - Migel / Shutterstock.com
Also related to the figure of Dulcinea is the Dulcinea Humor-Graphic Museum, which houses illustrations on the subject of The Quijote Created by famous comedians. Not far away is the Cervantino Museum, where a valuable collection of editions of The Quijote in multiple languages.
In addition to the literary route, in El Toboso you can make a monumental route, which passes through the Trinitarian Monastery, the Convent of the Poor Clares or the San Antonio Abad Parish Church.
Orgaz is one of the most beautiful villages in Toledo. Of him they emphasize diverse monuments, like the arch of Bethlehem and the one of San José, which are the two entrance doors to the villa that are still preserved.Orgaz - santiago lopez-pastor / Flickr.com
You must also visit the castle, built in the fourteenth century.The visit must continue through the Plaza Mayor, the San Lorenzo Hospital, the hermitages of Concepción and Socorro and the Cinco Ojos bridge, built on the Riánsares stream.
On the other hand, Orgaz can claim to have a copy of The Expolio, signed by El Greco. The work can be seen in the church of Orgaz, composed of a magnificent central nave, seven chapels and three altars.
The town also has the Visigodo Art Museum, in which the important altomedieval past of the area is highlighted. The installation includes reliefs of great artistic quality dating back to the seventh century.
Oropesa is another essential visit, being its castle the greatest attraction. The fortification, declared of Cultural Interest, is formed by two constructions, one old and one new. The old one dates from the time of the Arabs, while the new one dates back to the 15th century. Inside there is a large square that is accessed by a door guarded by one of its towers.Oropesa Castle - VictorTorres
Nor can other monuments of Oropesa be overlooked. that, like the castle, they are assets of cultural interest: the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, plateresque in style; the Jesuit College, Renaissance; and the New Palace, built by the counts of Oropesa.
"He who reads a lot and walks a lot, sees a lot and knows a lot."
-Miguel de Cervantes-
5. Talavera de la Reina
In the list could not miss the most populous municipality of Toledo. His historical architecture stands out from him: the Albarranas Towers, built in masonry with masonry in the corners and in their very high arches; the Palace of the Marquises of Villatoya, in Gothic style and where Felipe V was staying; the Roman bridge over the Tagus river ...Talavera de la Reina - Felix Herencias Illan
Regarding religious buildings, we should talk about the Basilica of Our Lady of the Prado, called Queen of the Hermitages by Felipe II and which is also known as the Sistine Chapel of ceramics for its magnificent collection of ceramics. It is also important the Church of Santa María La Mayor, with its flamboyant Gothic rosette and Gothic cloister, where the remains of the writer Fernando de Rojas rest.
Talavera de la Reina has other essentials, such as the Jardines del Prado. These are a synthesis of various styles of European and Arab gardens with geometric and symmetrical distribution of the flowerbed. Walking through them we find the Fountain of the Frogs, the Temple of Music or a small pond.