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Visigoths, knights templar and the Colorado Canyon

Toledo

When leaving from Toledo, it is a good idea to set off early: before 9 am should be early enough. The distances are not long, but the places we’re visiting should not be rushed. First destination: ...
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130km
59.5km
Malamoneda
32.7km
Santa María de Melque
7.8km
Castillo San Martín de Montalbán
20km
La Puebla de Montalbán
9.2km
Barrancas de Castrejón y Calaña

When leaving from Toledo, it is a good idea to set off early: before 9 am should be early enough. The distances are not long, but the places we’re visiting should not be rushed.

First destination: the unpopulated Malamoneda, near the small mountain town of Hontanar, is an archaeological site in a beautiful Mediterranean forest location, taking us on a journey from the Palaeolithic times to the Middle Ages, encompassing the Hispanic-Roman, Visigoth and Muslim worlds.

From there, to one of the finest heritage treasures in Castilla-La Mancha: Santa María de Melque, a stunning 13th century Visigoth church, now carefully restored. Right in front of the road that turns off towards Melque, there is a lane leading to the giant Montalbán castle, the largest in Toledo province. Of Muslim origin, it became important when it was handed over to the Templars.

We suggest having lunch and resting in La Puebla de Montalbán, the noble old town and the birth place of Fernando de Rojas, author of La Celestina.

Our last visit is one of Spain’s most surprising landscapes. The first view of the Castrejón y Calaña ravines (popularly known as the Barrancas de Burujón) will take us to the reddish lands of the Colorado Canyon. After leaving the car in the authorised car park, we can easily visit the area on foot. There are picnic areas and impressive lookout points over the ravines.

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From 17-26 August, the Celestina Festival takes place, dedicated to Fernando de Rojas - from La Puebla de Montalbán - and its main work of art, La Celestina, which gives the town its name.

These are relatively new festivals (since 1999) but already very deep-rooted and a real cultural benchmark in Toledo Province.

Most of the theatre shows are held in the caves in different parts of the town, which gives the festival a special flavour. Furthermore, the shows being held in the caves is unique, and dedicated to the maintenance of the caves and covering the cost of the (few) leading professional actors involved. Most of the actors are townsfolk. Festival tickets are sold at the La Celestina Museum and quickly sell out.

The most important representation is held in the Main Square, covering part of the town’s streets until arriving at St. Michael’s tower, where the show ends, bursting with colour despite being in the early hours of the morning. This event is a fine slice of local culture and free of charge.

Tourist office
Oficina De Información Turística Regional (Casa Del Mapa)
Plaza Zocodover, 8
Toledo
925 267 666
Oficina de Turismo Bisagra
Paseo de Merchan, s/n
45003 Toledo
925 211 005
Oficina de Turismo de Toledo (Ayuntamiento)
Plaza del Consistorio, 1
45071 Toledo
925 265 419
Further information

http://www.toledo-turismo.com/

www.pueblademontalban.com

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