The charming windmills, erected in the first half of the 19th century on the Cerro Calderico hill, stand as a distinctive feature of the Spanish province of Toledo's landscape. These historic windmills, primarily constructed from wood and stone, are among the best-preserved in the country. Their white blades turning in harmony with the wind create an unforgettable sight. Currently serving as a museum, they allow visitors to delve into the history of flour production and enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.
The Windmills of Consuegra are a popular tourist destination and a source of inspiration for many artists, including the renowned Miguel de Cervantes, the author of "Don Quixote."
La libertad, Sancho, es uno de los más preciosos dones que a los hombres dieron los cielos… Don Quijote de la ManchaTranslation: "Freedom, Sancho, is one of the most precious gifts that heaven has bestowed upon humanity... Don Quixote of La Mancha."
The mill, Sancho, plays a unique role in the Saturday celebration of "La molienda de la paz," a local festival held at the end of October.
La Muela Castle
In the immediate vicinity of the picturesque windmills stands a castle with Arab roots, known as Castillo de la Muela. Its history dates back to the mid-10th century when it was built by Almanzor, a Muslim ruler, on the site of an earlier Roman fortress.
The castle, serving a crucial strategic role, witnessed numerous conflicts and underwent several renovations, evolving into three distinct fortresses by the 13th century.
In the subsequent centuries, the castle evolved, adapting to the customs of its time. During the Napoleonic Wars, in 1813, it was destroyed.
In the 1960s, the restoration of the castle began, and as a result, it is now open for visitors to explore.
The castle's structure comprises cisterns, galleries, archives, a chapel, a chapter hall, an albarrana tower, terraces, a garden, and a barbican. Currently, it serves as a stage for theatrical performances and cultural events, inviting visitors to embark on a journey through time and experience the ambiance of bygone eras.