Consuegra is an exquisite historic town set alongside a range of low mountains. Twelve windmills can be found on the top of the Cerro Calderico ridge, along with a striking 12th period castle. Fans of the Spanish writer, Cervantes, will instantly recognize these windmills, which were prominently featured as the ‘giants’ in the ‘Don Quixote’ novel. Stand proudly atop the ridge, with their white cylindrical towers and blue, pointed roofs. According to local tradition, the windmills, used primarily to grind grain, were passed from father to son for many generations before being ‘retired’ in the 1980’s. The windmills have since been lovingly restored. One of them houses a gift shop while another is a small museum. There’s even a working mill so visitors can see how it works. Check at the tourist office for Don Quixote themed guided tours.
Consuegra’s windmills became famous in the 16th century, when Don Quixote was first published. The windmills were introduced by “Caballeros Sanjuanistas” to help millers. The mechanism was used with the wind to grind grain, most commonly wheat. The windmills were transmitted from fathers to sons. They stopped being used at the beginning of the 1980s. The Calderico ridge is a rocky bluff which rises above the plain of La Mancha. This is the location of the La Muela or Consuegra castle, which is Muslim in origin but reformed and protracted during the 12th century by the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. It has three defensive enclosures and has been restored in recent decades. However this ridge is known above all because it is home to twelve of the thirteen windmills that originally stood here, all of which have been christened with names taken from the immortal work 'Don Quixote'.
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