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From Toledo to Consuegra

Leave Toledo on the N-401 road in the direction of Ciudad Real, turning after three kilometres on to the C-400; follow this road for 14 km. until you reach Almonacid de Toledo. The most interesting feature of this village is the castle of Muslim origin that towers over it. Six kilometres ahead, in Mascaraque, you'll find another Moorish castle, which has been completely restored. Continuing for a further 5 kms we get to Mora, a town famous for its olive groves -the Olive Festival held here is evidence of this, and we are told that El Cid was its first mayor. Other important features of this town are its Gothic church and the Peñas Negras castle.

Then km. away lies Villa de Orgaz, a typical Castillian village abounding in white houses featuring coats of arms, cobblestone streets and Toledan-style patios. Other places of interest include the magnificent Baroque church of Santo Tomas Apostol, a work by Churriguerra, the Puente de los Cinco Ojos (Five Eyed Bridge), from the times of Phillip II, and the very well preserved Castle of the Counts of Orgaz.

Continuing along the N-401, at eight kms from Orgaz, we arrive to Los Yebenes, a village traditionally geared towards hunting, with its two 16th Century churches and a 17th Century palace-La Encomienda de San Juan.

Some 26 kilometres from there lies the very typical Manchegan (from La Mancha) village of Consuegra, which used to be an important Roman settlement. It is situated at the foot of Caldericos Hill, on top of which stands another very impressive castle endowed with an extraordinary homage tower, plus a number of very typical Quixotic La Mancha windmills. Consuegra has more treasures in store for us, such as the Town-hall, los Corredores-site of the main branch of the municipal museum, the fortified tower-house-Casa de la Tercia, or the churches of San Juan and Santisimo Cristo de Veracruz.

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