In the central highlands of Spain you will find many white windmills on the hills of the area. Particularly in Castilla-La Mancha south of Madrid there is a lot of old windmills. When in this area it is sort of a must to go and see at least one set of windmills.
One of the best places to go to spot windmills is on the hills just outside the small town of Consuegra. When we get close to the village we spot the windmills in the distance long before we get close. It makes it pretty easy to navigate towards the windmills – just take the road which leads you straight to them.
We start driving up the hill towards the windmills. As we drive we get to a couple of windmills which stands alone on the edge of the hills next to the road. There is a small parking lot around the windmills and we manage to get one of the last spots – after we parked more people arrived and they were unable to find parking since all parking was temporarily in use.
These first windmills we stop at are not the most famous windmills of Consuegra – they are located a bit higher on the hill. From where we parked we couldn’t see the seven famous windmills so we didn’t realize how far away they were – they were actually pretty far away. We just walk around looking at these windmills one of them doesn’t have its wings but the other one do. There is also a great view of the village below and a few of the old buildings in the village – this is actually the only look we get of Consuegra village since we don’t bother going down to the actual town after the visit to the windmills.
We walk a bit up the hill to yet another windmill which is located on the hill above the road. From there is a view of the seven famous windmills on the top of the ridge. They are actually pretty far away so we have a little look around the lower windmills and a little ruin next to the road. Then we head back to the road driving away and leaving a parking spot for the people who have been waiting for a place to park.
As we drive up the hill we pass another attraction of the area – there is actually an old fortress on the top of the hill. I guess it is possible to go inside and visit the fortress but it is a little late in the afternoon so we don’t have the time to go and explore the fortress we have to focus on the windmills which is outside in public – so there is no closing time approaching like there would be at the fortress. I guess the fortress get more visitors than similar fortress at other locations thanks to the famous windmills – if we had more time we would probably have gone in to have a quick look around the fortress.
Instead of exploring the fortress we go and walk around the 7 windmills. One of them has actually been made into a working museum where you can see how the windmill is making wheat into flower. Unfortunately there is no performance of the windmill coming up late in the afternoon so we just walk around the windmills.
Walking towards the end of the ridge is actually the spot where you get the best view of the windmills in the afternoon sun so I walk to the end to get that photo of all the windmills standing on the ridge in the sun.