Villarrobledo: the wine land

Villarrobledo is a town located in the region of Castilla-La Mancha, in the centre of Spain. Castilla-La Mancha is an autonomous community, composed of five provinces: Guadalajara, Cuenca, Ciudad Real and Albacete. Castilla-La Mancha is the land on which the worldwide famous novel, Don Quijote de la Mancha, is inspired. In this wonderful land there are loads of beautiful and stunning towns and villages to visit, such as Almagro, Alcalá del Júcar, Campo de Criptana, Sigüenza…

Villarrobledo is located in the province of Albacete. It is an ancient village: its history starts in the 13th century. You can visit its monuments, like the Iglesia de San Blas, which dates from the 15th and 16th century. In this church you can see three different architectural styles: Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. You can also visit the town hall, located in front of the church of San Blas. Its beautiful façade, of Renaissance style, is composed by twelve arches.
You can also wander around its streets, full of magic and history and discover its ancient houses, located in the centre of the village.

Villarrobledo is a “wine land”. This is due to the fact that Villarrobledo is one of the lands in which vine is raised in the highest amount. Villarrobledo is also one of the main wine producer towns in the world. You can visit its wine cellars and discover the wines of this magical land. You can even discover how the “tinajas panzudas” (large earthenware jars) are made in the museum “Centro de Interpretación de Alfarería Tinajera”. Here you can explore the history of these instruments, without which wine production might have been impossible.

Villarrobledo is a town known by its festivities, such as the festival Viña Rock its Holy Week and, of course, its Carnival. Both, the Holy Week and the Carnival are Fiestas of National Tourist Interest (it is a designation only given to festivals and celebrations that are relevant for the tourists).

The Carnival of Villarrobledo is a celebration full of joy, colour and energy. The music and happiness are present in each street. It is one of the longest carnivals in Spain, because it takes place during the course of 11 days. It has many carnival parades and theme nights. For example, there is a carnival parade in which kids are the protagonists: children of every school show their costumes and joy to the rest of the village, who dance with them in the streets. Buy a costume or design one if you want to be original. Every night you can dance and discover not only the incredible hand-made costumes that all the inhabitants of the village have been making during months, but also funny street theatres and the groups of people having fun all along the city. Join the inhabitants of this singular town and live a unique experience. If you stay during all the carnival, the last day, the “Domingo de Resaca” (Hangover Sunday) you can enjoy a typical dish of Castilla-La Mancha: the “gachas manchegas” in the competition that takes place in the square of the city. In this competition, many people try to make the best dish of gachas. Try them and immerse yourself in the typical gastronomy of the region.

If you want to know how to live as one of the inhabitants of this village, visit it. They will help you to find the best way to enjoy the traditions and to explore the history of the village.

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Sara Chan

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