FOLLOW DON QUIXOTE IN A FASCINATING ROUTE BATHED IN HISTORY AND LEGEND!
The day will start in Alcalá de Henares. This small city located barely 40km away from Madrid was the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote.
The university and the old town are both part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites. The University was founded in the 16th century and the city of Alcalá became the first planned university city in the world. Many cities in Europe and in the world followed it as a model.
Photo: Universidad de Alcalá. Adapted under license (CC BY-SA 2.0)
The Calle Mayor has witnessed the social and economic life since the 12th century and it is the best preserved medieval arched street in Spain.
In this street you will find Cervantes’ Birthplace Museum where you will learn about his early years and also how the daily life of people back in the 16th and 17th century looked like.
After visiting the town and getting into context the singular life of Miguel de Cervantes you will start the route across Don Quixote’s main landmarks.
You will visit some of the most characteristic and legendary towns in La Mancha. Of course, you will stop by the famed windmills, which were the subject of Don Quixote’s battle against giants.
These towns still preserve their original charm with their whitewashed houses and interior courtyards, as well as their palaces and castles. Our noble knight’s traditions are present in the entire route.
You will visit Argamasilla de Alba, where Miguel de Cervantes was jailed. The legend says that it was precisely while he was deprived of his freedom, that he wrote El Quixote.
Photo: Dilema. Adapted under license (CC BY 3.0)
On the journey you will pass by the Lagunas de Ruidera National Park, designated UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve and Special Protection Area for birds.
You will also visit Tomelloso. Although many towns claim to be honored to be that “Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember”, mentioned by Cervantes in his renowned novel, experts and literary critics agree that that place in La Mancha is Tomelloso.
You will finish your day in Campo de Criptana, famous for having 10 windmills in their municipal area. The Burleta windmill is the best preserved in the region.
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