Almagro

Almagro

Juan y Mª Ángeles , the owner of La Casa del Rector looks forward to welcome you to Almagro

Description

Almagro, declared a Historic-Artistic Site, lies in the county of Campo de Calatrava near Ciudad Real. Its history is closely linked to the history of the theatre, as you can appreciate in the Open Air Theatre (Corral de Comedias) and the National Theatre Museum. The town has been hosting the well-known International Classical Theatre Festival for over 30 years now and welcomes each fall the Latin American Festival of Contemporary Theatre. Besides it offers every Saturday a play at the Corral theatre.

The foundation of Almagro is closely linked to the Calatrava religious order which enjoyed great political importance during the Low Middle Ages. Later bankers to the Emperor Carlos V, like the Fuggers and the Welser, settled in this land, contributing to the development of the town.

As in almost all Castilian towns, its centre is the Plaza Mayor. This is a rectangular square, with stone porches and wooden balconies running round it. Here are the most symbolic buildings in Almagro, like the Open Air Theatre, the National Theatre Museum and the Town Hall.

The Open Air Theatre, declared a National Monument, dates from the 16th century and is a classical site where theatrical works were performed during the Spanish Golden Age. Its galleries, stage and dressing rooms can be visited and, in addition, every year they house the International Classical Theatre Festival. The Hospital of San Juan, the Municipal Theatre, Los Fúcares courtyard and the Dominican Cloister are added to the street stages which, for about a month, transport Almagro back to the time of Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina or Calderón de la Barca.

Travel guide

How to Get There

From Madrid:
Leave Madrid merging onto E-5/A-4 motorway toward Seville. Take exit 136 to merge onto N-420 toward Daimiel/Ciudad Real. Upon arrival to Daimiel follow signs for A-43/Ciudad Real/N-420/Córdoba/N-430/Badajoz and merge onto A-43. Take exit 9 for CR-511 toward Almagro.

From the south:
Merge onto A-4 toward Madrid. In Valdepeñas take exit for Valdepeñas/Ciudad Real/Alcaraz. Follow the street and reverse at the roundabout, taking exit toward Ciudad Real and following signs for Almagro. Continue to follow CM-412 passing Moral de Calatrava until Almagro.

From the east:
Leave Valencia following signs for E-901/A-3 Madrid. After approx. 175 km keep left to continue on A-43 Ciudad Real. Continue for 125 km and take exit 51 to merge onto E-5/A-4 toward Córdoca. Immediately after take exit toward Manzanares/Almagro and follow signs for Almagro turning left onto CM-4124. Continue on CM-4124, passing Bolaños de Calatrava, until Almagro.

Almagro: Plan your journey by public transport

Ciudad Real railway station

The railway station in Ciudad Real offers high-speed train (AVE) connections to Madrid and Seville.

Almagro weather forecast

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Places to go

Almagro

Almagro, located in Castile-La Mancha, Spain, is famous for its palaces, churches and convents and for hosting the International Festival of Classical Theatre.

TO SEE: Probably of Roman origin, this town owes its historical and cultural significance to the legacy left by the Order of the Knights of Calatrava (Orden de los Caballeros de Calatrava): since the founding of the Order in the 13th century Almagro was the capital of the area.

The importance of Almagro and the Campo de Calatrava was reflected in its wide geographic domain, which included most of the present province of Ciudad Real, northern Jaen province and a variety of territories across Spain that included, among others, the Alcaniz manor in the region of Aragon.

After incorporating all military orders to the Crown of Castile, in times of Ferdinand and Isabella, Almagro started its period of prosperity with the arrival of several families of German and Flemish bankers and traders, such as the extremely powerful Fugger or Fúcares (in Spanish) family, the Wessels, the Xedlers, etc. who came to magnify their rich heritage with their stately homes, palaces and warehouses.

In 1536, Almagro is living the dream of the University which turns the town into an important cultural center, into a reference of the Andalusian and Castilian nobility whose traces can still be seen in their noble neighborhoods, beautiful palaces and the Plaza Mayor, one of the jewels of the monumental architecture of La Mancha.

But talking about Almagro is to talk about theater thanks to the importance of its open-air theatre (Corral de Comedias) and to the International Festival of Classical Theatre celebrated every year.

TO DO: The main square ‘Plaza Mayor’, the open air theatre ‘Corral de Comedias’, the National Theatre Museum, the noble neighbourhood ‘Barrio noble’, the Convent of Santa Catalina, the San Bartolomé church, the Lace Museum, the San Agustín church, the local theatre, the center of contemporary art ‘Hospital of San Juan de Dios’, the warehouse of the Fugger family ‘Almacén of the Fúcares’, the Madre de Dios church, the Convent of la Encarnación, the Ethnographic Museum, the Convent of la Asunción of the Calatrava nuns,  the San Juan chapel.

RECOMMEND: Don’t miss out on the Almagro eggplants and the open-air theatre (Corral de Comedias) and learn how lace is made by hand.

Almagro and The Fuggers Family

Coinciding with the arrival of the Fuggers, a German banker family and vassals of Emperor Charles V, Almagro undergoes a remarkable transformation.

TO SEE: The Fugger family of German origin, more precisely Augsburg, was considered the largest commercial and financial business in Europe.

Its relationship with the city of Almagro comes from doing business with the Spanish monarchy, particularly with the Emperor Charles V of Spain, who uses the financial services of this family to carry out his foreign policy and imperial election.

1-The Fugger family
The head of the dynasty, Hans Fugger, a weaver, set up in 1367 at Augsburg and founded a trading company which, under his sons and nephews, expanded greatly. Jakob, called ‘the Wealthy’ (1459-1525) purchased copper and silver mines in Hungary, Karinthia, Spain and the Tyrol. The Fuggers’ banking institute became the largest in Europe, its clients including popes, kings and emperors. Favoured by the financial dependence of the nobility, the Fuggers’ influence expanded throughout Europe and even to America. In 1530, Anton Fugger was elevated to count of the empire.

2-The Fugger family and Charles V
Charles I of Spain and V of Germany – the Holy Roman Emperor.
Charles of Ghent (1500-1558), son of Philip I “The Beautiful” and Joanna “The Mad”. He had dynastic rights to the Hispanic crowns and the imperial throne. He was appointed King of Spain as Charles I in 1517 and 1519 would be elected emperor as Charles V.
In 1519, on the death of emperor Maximilian, Charles V of Hapsburg and the King of France aspired to the imperial crown. Jakob Fugger then lent the Hapsburgs the incredible sum of almost half a million of florins and saved their throne.
The bribes would be repaid to the Fugger firm through an arrangement that diverted revenues due the Spanish crown, also a Hapsburg possession, from three knightly orders in Spain as well as mining ventures in mercury and silver. These were known as the leases of Maestrazgo.

3-The Fugger family in Almagro
Almagro, the most important town of the Knightly Order of Calatrava, owned the mines of Almaden and Guadalcanal and was chosen by the Fugger family to settle in Spain. The town was a strategic point, residence of gentlemen farmers, traders arrived from Italy and dynamic political and economic power.
With the Fugger other families of administrators such as the Wessels and Xedlers came to Almagro and introduced the concept of sponsorship and art patronage at the service of their power, evidenced in their store and palace (now disappeared) or in the founding of the Church of San Salvador (now San Blas).
During this period big noble houses and palaces were built, such as those of the Wessels and the Xedlers, the Caballería, the House of the Prior of St. Bartholomew, the Palace of the Oviedo family. These new architectural forms were mixed with the Moorish tradition resulting in an exceptional combination that we still see today in Almagro.

4-Banking and Lace
With the Fugger family not only modern banking arrives in Almagro, but also an important craft tradition: the Bobbin lace. This brings up the “domestic system” by which the work of the servants becomes cash payment. This will be one of the factors in the modern commercial development.
The similarity between Almagro, Flemish and German lace suggests that this activity came to our Almagro with the Fugger family.

TO DO: Visit the Warehouse of the Fuggers, the Church of San Blas, and Noble District (Barrio Noble) and the façades of the Wessel and Xedler houses. It is also interesting to take a guided tour in order to lern more about the history and importance of this town.

Campo de Criptana

One cannot mention Campo de Criptana without mentioning its Windmills and the famous exploits of Don Quixote.

TO SEE: Campo de Criptana’s main attraction are, without doubt, its famous windmills, symbol of La Mancha.

TO DO: After visiting the windmills, you might like to have lunch at Cueva La Martina Restaurant.

RECOMMEND: We recommend you to visit in El Toboso the museum-house of Doña Dulcinea del Toboso (a fictional character who is referred to in Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote) and in Argamasilla de Alba the Cave of Medrano.

Viso del Marqués

Viso del Marqués is situated in the southern part of the province of Ciudad Real, land of Don Quixote, Spain.

TO SEE: Viso del Marqués is in the southern part of the province of Ciudad Real and its municipal boundary is among Spain’s longest, running through the northern foothills of the Sierra Morena. It is a land of olive trees and big-game reserves.

TO DO: Visit the Palace of the Marquis of Santa Cruz, which follows the typology of the best Italian Renaissance palaces, and the Navy Museum.

RECOMMEND: You should also visit the 16th century parish church of Our Lady of the Assumption, which keeps a gigantic stuffed Nile crocodile the Marquis of Santa Cruz had brought from one of his travels.

Villamayor de Calatrava

Villamayor de Calatrava is a small village in the south of Castile-La Mancha, known particularly for its Los Mayos festivity which is celebrated from 30 April to 2 May.

TO SEE: Villamayor de Calatrava (located in the province of Ciudad Real, Spain), as almost all municipalities in the Campo de Calatrava, doesn’t appear in the papers until the 13th century, after the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) between Christians and Muslims. Having succeeded the Christians, the frontier was readjusted towards south and the Sierra Morena, liberating thus these lands from possible Muslim incursions.

There are, however, remains that prove settlements in former times like a tomb of the Bronze Age and three Visigothic tombs, whose remains are now exhibited in the Provincial Museum of Ciudad Real. The first written document about Villamayor de Calatrava dates from 1303.

By the late 19th and early 20th century Villamayor had a great industrial activity winning lead and silver in the Mines of San Quentin and basalt in the quarry of the El Morrón volcano.

Nowadays Villamayor de Calatrava is a small and residential village known for its beautiful landscape and numerous celebrations, such as its Fiesta de Mayo (of regional tourist interest), its cultural week, the September festivity and the so-called “Sunday of the Rosary” (domingo del rosario) in honour of the patron saint Virgin of the Rosary.

TO DO: Have a stroll through the village and/or a walk in the surrounding nature, watch birds, ride a quad or enjoy the local gastronomy.

RECOMMEND: If you happen to be in the area in springtime, don’t miss out on the Fiesta de Mayo which has been declared a festivity of regional tourist interest and is held from 30 April to 2 May.

Villanueva de los Infantes

Villanueva de los Infantes has one of the most comprehensive monument environments of Castile La Mancha, Spain.

TO SEE: Villanueva de los Infantes is a beautiful 16th and 17th century Historic-Artistic Site, well worth a visit. Take a walk through its streets, admiring its history made of stones: churches, convents, palaces and noble houses, façades with coats of arms and grilled balconies.

TO DO: Don’t miss out on the main square, Plaza Mayor, where you’ll find many of the villages impressive monuments; visit the town hall, the St. Andrew church, the bust of Quevedo and the origin of the main streets, the Convent of Santo Domingo, where Quevedo lived and died, and the house of the ‘knight of the green gaban’ (Casa del Caballero del Verde Galán).

RECOMMEND: Heading towards Villanueva, take a stop at the Church of San Carlos del Valle.

Convent and Castle of Calatrava La Nueva

The Convent and Castle of Calatrava La Nueva is located in the village of Aldea del Rey, region of Castile-La Mancha, Spain.

TO SEE: When the Order of the Cistercians took possession of the Calatrava la Vieja castle (in Carrión de Calatrava), they did not only assume the defense of this territory against the Arabs but also founded the Order of Calatrava in 1158. After having conquered the castle of Salvatierra, the Military Order of Calatrava decided to build a new castle on the opposite hill.

Some theories suggest that the Calatrava la Nueva castle-convent was built upon a former castle of Dueñas, which, according to 13th century royal sources, was donated when the Christians had lost this territory after the battle of Alarcos in 1195. The Calatrava order took Salvatierra in 1198, so it is actually quite possible that some work was undertaken in that other castle. But Salvatierra fell back into Muslim hands around 1210.

After the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212, the castle was again reconquered. The construction works were intensified and finally, in 1217, the Order moved definitely from Calatrava la Vieja to the new castle-convent, remaining there until the 18th century.

Throughout the centuries, this fortress-castle was subjected to various alterations and additions. The most important changes were made during the kingdom of the Catholic Monarchs, when the castle was prepared for the passage of the carriages of Philip II, who spent there a few days.

TO DO: Visit the castle and the sacred convent, both are perfectly conserved.

RECOMMEND: The views of Campo de Calatrava.

Cabañeros National Park

Cabañeros National Park, located in the Toledo Mountains (Spain), is home to 200 different bird species and one of the most important protected areas in the Iberian Peninsula.

TO SEE: Cabañeros National Park, located in Castile La Mancha, between the provinces of Ciudad Real and Toledo, is now one of the most important protected areas in the Iberian Peninsula. The great diversity of animal and botanical species as well as its unique geology turn this park into a jewel of great natural value. Cabañeros represents the Mediterranean forest within the network of national parks.

TO DO: Given the extension of Cabañeros National Park – close to 45,000 hectares – you might visit and enjoy the park in various ways: exploring the extensive trails on long hikes or by driving a 4×4 vehicle.

RECOMMEND: Visit the park in the early hours after sunrise or in the last hours before sunset. In early autumn, late September mid-October, during the deer bellowing.

Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve

The Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve, located in Castile-La Mancha, is considered one of the most beautiful wetlands in Spain.

TO SEE: Cenagal, Coladilla, Del Rey, Colgada, Batana, Salvadora, Lengua, Redondilla, San Pedro, Tinaja, Tomilla, Conceja, Blanca and La Nava.

These fifteen lagoons form one of the most beautiful wetlands on the Peninsula and are connected via waterfalls. The lagoons cover an area of 3,772 hectares and are all together 28 kms long. They provide the natural drainage of a big part of the Campo de Montiel aquifer.

TO DO: Start your visit at the Peñaroya castle, continue towards Ruidera and see the Cascada del Hundimiento waterfall.

RECOMMEND: The waterfalls between the lagoons.

Tablas de Daimiel National Park

Tablas de Daimiel National Park is an ecosystem located in the region of Castile-La Mancha, Spain.

TO SEE: The wetland known as Las Tablas de Daimiel was declared a National Park in 1973, a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 and has been included in the Ramsar Convention in 1982.

It is the last representative of an ecosystem called tablas fluviales, and exists thanks to the merging of the Guadiana and the Cigüela rivers, helped by the lack of slope. Its declaration as a National Park was a major step towards the conservation of one of the richest ecosystems of our planet, thus ensuring the survival of the birds that use these areas as wintering and nesting area.

TO DO: Visit the park and its surroundings by foot or in a 4×4 car.

RECOMMEND: The views at dusk.

Routes

Aldea del Rey – Santa Cruz de Mudela

Route through the Campo de Calatrava, home of Don Quixote, visiting several villages with its monuments.

This is one of the most complete routes that can be performed in the Campo de Calatrava, home of Don Quixote.

Leave Almagro toward Aldea del Rey, a village with popular architecture. On its outskirts you’ll find the 16th century Palace of the Claveria. Along the way you’ll see the typical landscape of Campo de Calatrava, a volcanic area with buildings such as the Castle of Salvatierra.

In Calzada de Calatrava you might like to visit the Sacrosant Convent and castle Castillo de Calatrava la Nueva (at 7 km distance), which is still in perfect condition. Returning to Calzada, you can admire the church of Our Lady of Asunción, with its sixteenth century altarpiece. Visit also the Hospedería of the Knights and the Casa de la Cadena.

Continue to El Viso del Marques. Here it is almost obligatory to visit the Palace of the Marquis of Santa Cruz, the palace of Admiral Don Alvaro de Bazan, now the Navy Museum and Archives of the Spanish Navy. You can also visit the parish church in late Gothic style where you can see a stuffed alligator which is a souvenir of one of the journeys of the Marquis.

From there continue the route to Almuradiel, a colonization village of Charles III, where you will observe its urban layout and the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the 18th century bridge on the old road to Andalusia.

Continue now to Santa Cruz de Mudela, a much visited village due to its hot springs. The most interesting building is the church of Our Lady de la Asunción (16th century). At only 6 km distance, you’ll find the magnificent sanctuary of Las Virtudes, where we can visit the chapel and the bullring of square structure (1965).

From there head back toward Moral de Calatrava and finally to Almagro.

If you want to have lunch, we recommend the following restaurants:
Near the castle Castillo de Calatrava La Nueva, at about 5 Km in La Alameda: La Encomienda Restaurant. You definitely have to try the rice with partridge and boletus mushrooms.
Phone: +34-926 879 169

In El Viso del Marqués: La Almazara del Marqués Restaurant. The partridge ravioli with truffle oil, the suckling lamb trotters stuffed with sausage and pine nuts or the rice with hare.
Phone: +34-926 337 154

Distance/Time: Approx. 120 km
Points:
Almagro, Aldea del Rey, Calzada de Calatrava, Viso del Marqués, Almuradiel, Santa Cruz de Mudela, Moral de Calatrava

Campo de Calatrava: Gastronomic and Cultural Route

Gastronomic route through the province of Ciudad Real, homeland of Don Quixote de La Mancha, Spain.

Campo de Calatrava. Region of landscapes and aromas, of cultural and traditional heritage, home to  monks and knights, famous personalities, conquerors and conquered.

Nature reserve bordered by the Jabalón river. Land of heroic deeds, dormant volcanoes, ancient olive trees and impressive stone castles telling their stories.

Lordship of royal tracks, Don Quixote inns and silent sounds that evoke legends.

Villages whose friendly people have a deep past and strong know-how and are the heirs of valuable crafts and feasts which have been officially declared of ‘Tourist Interest’ since they maintain ancestral rituals. This is a land to discover flavors and textures, to enjoy the taste. A destination where professional caterers welcome you, architects of a gastronomy that combines healthy and unique Denomination of Origin products with modern touches and fidelity to traditional cuisine.

Thanks to the tenacity and the daily effort in order to offer always the highest quality, ten expert restaurateurs have come together to invite you to a journey through the flavors of Campo de Criptana. Exquisite oils, the famous Almagro eggplants and the region’s splendid wines are awaiting you.

A journey to the heart of the Ciudad Real province, a place with identity, where the legacy of the Military Order remains subtle and gives the area its name ‘Calatrava’.

The attached pdf-file is only in Spanish (kindly excuse the inconvience), however it contains images and recommendations of typical dishes as well as addresses of five very good restaurants.

Distance/Time: Approx. 300 km
Points:
Almagro, Ballesteros de Calatrava, Bolaños de Calatrava, Calzada de Calatrava, Carrión de Calatrava, La Alameda

La Mancha and its windmills

This route, visiting several villages and their windmills, probably best defines the architecture and landscape of La Mancha in Spain.

This is one of the routes that probably best defines the architecture and landscape of La Mancha. In the vast plains of this region you can’t miss the windmills, which have been representing this land throughout history and are an essencial part of Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote.

Puerto Lápice
Leave Almagro toward Daimiel and from there to Puerto Lápice. The various and typical “ventas” (inns) honor their former name as “Ventas del Puerto Lápice” (the inns of Puerto Lápice) which Cervantes immortalized in his work. In one of them, called precisely Venta of Don Quixote, may well has been knighted the gentleman from La Mancha.

Herencia
From Puerto Lápice, merge onto N-420 and drive toward Herencia, an original La Mancha village (famous for its cheese), in which you can visit the Plaza de España square and the Church of Our Lady de la Merced, belonging to the former convent of Mercedarios founded by Don Juan of Austria, prior of the Order of St John in 1650.

Alcázar de San Juan
The same road (N-420) leads to Alcázar de San Juan, a town that conforms with the typical profile of the towns in La Mancha, with ancestral homes that date from the 17th to 19th centuries, and several windmills. Its most prominent buildings are the Romanesque church of Santa María la Mayor, the palace of Gran Prior de los Hospitalarios, a large tower that was declared a Cultural Object, the church of San Francisco, the convent of Santa Clara, the church of Santa Quiteria and numerous manors.

Campo de Criptana
Close to Alcazar you’ll find Campo de Criptana, “the town of the windmills” whose main attraction are – obviously – the windmills that Don Quixote mistook for giants. Currently remain less than half a dozen of the 34 windmills formerly counted. The oldest are: El Burleta, El Infanto and El Sardinero (16th century).
In the village we’d like to mention the Casa de los Tres Cielos (a typical cave dwelling), the Pósito or Casa de la Tercia, the Church of Our Lady de la Asuncion, the Convent del Carmen (with a virgin sculpture whose face is the work of Salzillo) and the Chapel of Santa Ana.

Pedro Muñoz
Back on the N-420 road head toward Pedro Muñoz. This village has notable buildings such as the church of San Pedro and the shrine of Our Lady of the Angels. Also well-worth mentioning are certain Mancha manor houses of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, such as the Casa de la Paca. North of the town there is a very attractive set of lagoons. From here continue toward Tomelloso.

Tomelloso
Characteristics of the area are the “Bombos”, circular huts or fake stone dome. Don’t miss out on the ‘Museo del Carro’ (Carriage Museum). You can also visit the 17th century ‘Posada de los Portales’ (Inn of the Portal), the Town Hall, the Church of Our Lady de la Asunción (16th century), and, of course, the Antonio López Torres Museum (a realist painter from the last century).

Argamasilla de Alba
Cervantes was held prisoner here and refers to the place in the prologue to Don Quixote, however almost since the first edition begun circulating a debate about the meaning of “In a village of La Mancha the name of which I have no desire to recall…”. Cervantes was imprisoned a in what is today a must-visit touristic spot: la Cueva or Casa de Medrano. Another spot of literary and popular importance is the House of the Bachelor Samson Carrasco.
You might also like to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Castle and Sanctuary of Peñaroya and the Channel of the Grand Priory of St. John (18th century hydraulic and manufacturing engineering).

Villarta de San Juan
Back on the N-IV national road, the route ends in Villarta de San Juan, which retains some interesting 19th century houses. Its main touristic spot however is the Roman bridge over the Cigüela river, which is 300m long and 5m wide and where numerous paths and cattle routes converged.

We recommend to make a stop in Puerto Lápice and have a wine and cheese in oil in the “La Venta del Quijote” inn. The ‘migas’ (dish made of bread crumbs, chorizo and bacon) are delicious too.
Phone: +34 – 926 576 110

And a must-visit in Campo de Criptana are the Las Musas restaurant, close to the windmills, or the La Cueva de la Martina restaurant. Both offer dishes and tapas.
Las Musas: Phone +34- 926 589 191
La Cueva de la Martina: Phone +34 – 926 561 476

Distance/Time: Approx. 190 km
Points:
Puerto Lápice, Herencia, Alcázar de San Juan, Campo de Criptana, Pedro Muñoz, Tomelloso, Argamasilla de Alba, Villarta de San Juan

Valdepeñas – Villanueva de los Infantes

Sightseeing tour through the province of Ciudad Real, Spain, that can be combined with a visit to one of Valdepeñas’ wine bodegas.

Great sightseeing tour that can be combined with a visit to one of Valdepeñas’ famous bodegas.

The tour begins in Almagro visiting the Corral de Comecias (open-air theatre), the San Agustin Church, the Palace of the Fuggers, the St. Bartholomew’s Church, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Plateresque style church of Madre de Dios, the Palace of the Counts of Valdeparaíso and the main square Plaza Mayor.

From Almagro continue to Valdepeñas, wine center of the region, which has numerous archaeological sites such as Cerro de las Cabezas. Visit the Church of the Trinity, the Church of Cristo de la Misericordia, the Chapel of the Vera Cruz, the Chapel of San José and on Plaza de España the Church of Our Lady de la Asunción. Also worth visiting are the museum of the Gregorio Prieto Foundation, the Windmill Museum and the Municipal Museum.

In San Carlos del Valle, visit its magnificent Plaza Mayor square, which was conceived as a court of the Church of Christ.

The tour continues in Villanueva de los Infantes where you should visit the Plaza Mayor square, the Hospital de Santiago, the former wheat warehouse ‘Alhóndiga’, the house of studies ‘Casa de los Estudios’, the Casa del Arco, the mansions and palaces of the Marquis de Melgarejo, the manor houses of the Bustos and Barredas families, the headquarters of the chivalric order ‘Cuartel General de la Orden de Caballería’, the house of the knight of the green coat ‘Casa del Caballero del Verde Gabán’ and its convents. Nearby is the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Antigua and the Cave of Mora.

From there head back to Almagro.

We recommend:
Visit the Wine Museum and have some tapas on the square of Valdepeñas.
Have lunch in the Jaraiz restaurante in Villanueva de los Infantes (phone: +34-926 360 118).

Distance/Time: Approx. 180 km
Points:
Almagro, Valdepeñas, San Carlos del Valle, Villanueva de los Infantes.

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