WAY OF SAINT JAMES IN CASTILLA LA MANCHA

The Way of Saint James has a great tradition because this way was used by pilgrims who embarked on the coast to Rome or Jerusalem. Also, this kind of way is one of the most important variants begins in the Valencian Community and it crosses the Iberian Peninsula so it passing through Castilla la Mancha. In total, there are 11 stages that run from Albacete to Toledo, continuing the road to Compostela and enjoying historic towns and World Heritage Cities such as Toledo, Ávila and Compostela.

Along these routes you can enjoy the typical Castilian landscapes that served as inspiration for the adventures of Don Quixote. These roads full of culture and historical monuments manage to take you to the past of the ancient inhabitants of these lands. At this point you can see some remains of Roman buildings that leave clear the footprint of this ancient and great Civilization. We go through beautiful fields of vines and olive trees, sunflowers and cereals with slight slopes and depressions that form wet lands belonging to the natural reserve which is so-called “The wet Mancha”. Here you can find flamingos and birds of all kinds.

At Don Quixote Tours we offer the possibility of making the route from Toledo, previously visiting the municipalities of El Toboso "Dulcinea´s birthplace" and Consuegra. Visit the Church of Toboso of the Order of Santiago and Consuegra with its castle and mills that recreate "the most famous battle in world literature”.

Arrived in Toledo crossing the Alcántara Bridge where a visit where you can see the most outstanding monuments of “the City of the Three Cultures”: The Gothic Cathedral dedicated to Saint Mary, a secular witness of Jacobean pilgrimages and finally to contemplate the masterpiece of El Greco the "Burial of the Lord of Orgaz".

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We take care of organizing these routes to make it as comfortable as possible for pilgrims. We offer accommodation, transportation and all the necessary services, we also provide qualified guides for our routes. Enjoy the gastronomy of La Mancha with delicious dishes that will replenish your strength from such long walks.
During this day, the trips would be made by road and accommodation would be provided for the night in Toledo. From there the path can be continued. It is a very good way to get to know the La Mancha lands of Don Quixote that converge on this historic Jacobean route.

The way of Levante

EL TOBOSO, TOWN OF THE ORDER OF SANTIAGO

Monumental wells of El Toboso

As we pass through El Toboso we can find these constructions that date back at least to the XVI century and are still in use today, distributed throughout the Toboso geography, which were born out of the need to find or store water in the dry lands of La Mancha. Some look for water in the phreatic layers of the subsoil while others collect rainwater from surface runoffs.

Church of San Antonio Abad

The church where Dulcinea prayed.

Don Quixote arrived, and  having walked about two hundred paces, and he saw a great tower, and then he realized that the building is not alcazar, but the main church of the village. And he said: «we have given with the church, Sancho» (Quixote II, Chapter IX).

Church of the order of Santiago.

Convent of trinitarias

Convent of RR. Trinitarias, admirable monument because of his outside beauty, inside there is a rich sacred-religious museum which keep uniques pieces, such as flamenco table of the XVI century, a copy of the founder's cell, la Venerable Sor Angela Maria de la Concepcion.

There are many rooms to the pilgrims who want to come and enjoy a place of rest, silence and prayer.

CONSUEGRA, LAND OF HIDALGOS, GIANTS AND CASTLES

Windmills

Symbol of Consuegra and La Mancha, the windmills crown the hill Calderico drawing an absolutely unique stamp. Universal thanks to Don Quixote, it is impossible to stand in front of them without imagining the wanderings of the nobleman on his way to Santiago de Compostela.
There are few sensations as astonishing and graphic as contemplating one of the largest and best-preserved milling complexes in Spain.
Perched on the top of the hill to take better advantage of the air currents provided by the elevations, these twelve giants have watched from above the future of Consuegra and its people.

TOLEDO, CAPITAL AND PRIMADA HEADQUARTERS

Bridge of Alcántara

Entrance of the pilgrims' to the city of Toledo.

The Alcántara Bridge was part of the defensive area of the city. It was built as a confluence of roads seeking passage to the city from the east, crossing the Tagus River.

Catedral of Toledo

The Cathedral is the most representative building of Toledo.
His architect was Maestro Martin.
We emphasize the chapel of Santiago. It is one of the of the masterpieces of flowery Gothic, the recumbent statues of Álvaro de Luna and Juana Pimentel. In the main altarpiece is interesting the colorful sculpture of Santiago on horseback.

Church of Santiago del Arrabal

Departure point for pilgrims from the city of Toledo when they continue on their way to Ávila.
It is one of the clearest examples of a Mudejar style building in Toledo due to its large dimensions and pure lines, built in brick and taped masonry.

The most famous of all El Greco's paintings, "The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz". In Spanish, “El entierro del Señor de Orgaz”.
It is located in the parish of Santo Tomé in Toledo, Spain.


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