Jewish Heritage in Spain and Portugal

Consuegra (SP)


This typical Manchego town is in an area that was first settled by the Iberians in the 6th century B.C.E., and became an important crossroads in the seasonal migration of livestock.  The town itself was founded by the Romans, who built bridges, roads, a dam and an aqueduct here.  However, it is most famous for its hilltop fortress, built by the Moors in the 10th-century, and its twelve windmills, which date from the 16th century and are the best preserved ones in Spain.  Windmills such as these inspired Cervantes to create the famous episode of Don Quixote’s battle against the giants.