The Windmills of La Mancha


Windmills of Consuegra

Sixty kilometers southwest of Toledo stands a vast and wide-open plain on which is planted grains, olives and grapes.  If, while visiting Toledo, you have a car, it is well worth a trip to visit the small town of Consuegra. It is here you’ll find the famous “Windmills of Consuegra.”

I’ve often seen images of these windmills dotting the pages of “La Mancha” travel articles, but until now, have never had an opportunity to visit.  There is a swift new “AutoVia” super-highway leaving Toledo and traveling right by Consuegra.  By car, it takes about 40 minutes.

Approaching Consuegra from the north, you can see the windmills from a distance, across the plains.

Windmills seen from a distance

It was a bit of a challenge trying to locate the road up to the windmills.  My GPS was useless, but we found signs pointing us to the castello and the windmills to be helpful. 

All the windmills have specific names, like "Geronimo"


The windmills became famous in the 16th century when Don Quixote was first published (BTW – I read somewhere that Don Quixote is the second most read book of all time, after the Bible).  These windmills were introduced by the “Caballeros Sanjuanistas,” who brought these machines to help mill grain.  They were handed down from father to son.  There are still three operating windmills, but only for tourism.  All fell out of use in the 1980’s when less expensive forms of milling were introduced.

Man of La Mancha- Ha!

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David McGuffin established David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc. in 2001 to formally offer European tours. Since then, he has taken several thousand satisfied customers on memorable and educational tours to Europe.
  1. Susan Reply

    This was definitely my favorite ” sight” of our most recent trip to Spain and Portugal with David. My mom said that I went a little “windmill crazy” because I have about 50 photos of them. I just thought they were so cool. It was neat to be able to climb up into one of the windmills too!

  2. Lynn Porzig Reply

    To Dream the Impossible Dream….

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