If you are passing through central Spain make sure to visit these amazing locations in La Mancha. You will be pleasantly surprised. Top highlights in Castilla-La Mancha. Here we go.
Main attractions in La Mancha
- Windmills, “Molinos de Viento”
Get ready to see windmills everywhere. Driving on the highway you can see windmills appearing on different hill tops. These “Molinos de Viento” as they are called in Spanish where built to grind the wheat with the power of the wind to make bread. Today, they are a beautiful memory of the past traditions with lots of tourists coming every year to explore the route of the windmills.
Molinos are found in many different villages in La Mancha. Here is a list of the main spots.
Campo de Criptana
Here, 10 windmills are standing tall and beautiful overlooking the village. It is very easy to reach this point either through or around the village. At the top there are bars and restaurants and I must say that the sunsets are spectacular.
Alcázar de San Juan
From Campo de Criptana you can actually see the windmills of Alcázar de San Juan. That´s how close they are. Just a 12 min drive. The village is very welcoming and cozy and it’s great for an evening walk.
This place is extra special, because it does not only have windmills, but a castle too. In fact, some of them are still functional. And no. Not in the traditional sense. Now are being used as a souvenir shop and restaurant/bar. Needless to say, the sunsets are absolute killers. As the sun goes down it only gets better.
Second best thing to do in Castilla-La Mancha is to eat some grapes in the high season or to have some wine. This is the land of the vineyards and wineries. The flat terrain, good soil and weather is so favorable for the wine making.
3. Don Quixote
The equally famous Don Quixote, is a character from the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha written by Miguel Cervantes in 1605. The plot revolves around his adventures in La Mancha. And he is always available for a picture if you happens to pass by.
Bonus Location in La Mancha
Also, since you are already in La Mancha, you cannot miss this town. Belmonte, has an incredible castle which is a total must see. Get your tickets here.
I hope you enjoyed this little exploration of Castilla-La Mancha province and its top highlights. See you in the next adventure. Until then, live more, enjoy more, experience more.