DON QUIXOTE ROUTE

It's a dream tour

Discover a land of adventure, culture, nature and delicious cuisine. Our proposal entails discovering all the secrets behind the hectic life of Miguel de Cervantes and his famous and ingenious knight errant Don Quixote de la Mancha, one of the most important books of world literature and the second most translated book after the Bible. Our starting point to follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote is the university city of Alcalá de Henares and on the tour we'll visit windmills, inns and World Heritage cities of Castilla La Mancha. 


This is the famous Don Quixote Route, the first European Cultural Route based on a literary character and one of the most prominent eco-tourism corridors in Europe. A fascinating journey on which you'll discover famous Quixote episodes, unexpected corners, legends dating back to the Golden Age, heroic battles and love stories, deep-rooted traditions handed down from generation to generation, beautiful natural scenery, a rich heritage and a gastronomic paradise. Anything can happen in the land of Don Quixote!



Day 1: Madrid and Alcalá de Henares

-The tour begins in Alcalá de Henares, a town known as the cradle of the writer Miguel de Cervantes.

-In Madrid, due to its size and the country's capital, you can visit several places related to the Quixote, such as museums and monuments.

Day 2: Esquivias and Toledo

-Esquivias is a village where you can visit the house-museum of Cervantes, where he lived for some years of his life.

-Toledo is a World Heritage City and there is a wide variety of cultural activities as you can visit a wide variety of museums. It is also a city with many viewpoints from which one has very nice views of the landscape.

Day 3: Belmonte and Cuenca

-In Belmonte, you can visit the castle, which preserves many works of art.

-Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage City where you can observe beautiful landscapes in addition to the art monuments that are there.

Day 4: El Toboso, Campo de Criptana and Alcázar de San Juan

-Toboso is a village known as the place of origin of the figure of Dulcinea.

-Campo de Criptana is one of the most famous places to take photos of the mills that Don Quixote faced as if they were giants.

-Alcázar de San Juan is a village full of the essence of Cervantes.

Day 5: Argamasilla de Alba, Lagunas de Ruidera, Ossa de Montiel and Villanueva de los Infantes

-In Argamasilla de Alba there is a cave associated with the adventures of Don Quixote, very interesting to penetrate the magic of the novel. 

-In Ossa de Montiel you can visit the cave of Montesinos, a magical place where a great adventure of Don Quixote took place.

-We also follow in the footsteps of our knight in Villanueva de los Infantes, where there are many monuments.

-The Lagunas de Ruidera National Park is one of the most beautiful wetlands in Spain. This natural spectacle is ideal for enjoying nature

Day 6: Almagro, Tablas de Daimiel and Ciudad Real

-In Almagro we can visit the comedy corral, which has been preserved as it was in the Golden Age (the time of Cervantes). In Almagro you can also visit the “Almacén de los Fúcares” (The Fuggers).

-In the Tablas de Daimiel you can then admire one of the most valuable natural areas in Spain.

-In Ciudad Real you can taste a large number of typical dishes of the gastronomy of Castilla-La Mancha, making it a must for lovers of gastronomy.

Day 7:  Puerto Lápice, Consuegra and back to Madrid

-In Puerto Lápice you can enjoy the typical architecture of the region, but also the typical gastronomy.

-The final stop is Consuegra, where you will appreciate the Manchego landscape and more windmills.

-Eventually, you'll arrive at the airport with enough time to check-in for the flight back to your hometown, or there is the option to spend an extra day in Madrid to have more time to fly in peace.