CLM and Comu. de Madrid:Torrejon de Ardoz,Huete,Ségobriga,and Belmonte.

To continue our story with our beloved Spain , we went by our own car on the road of Castile=Castilla. We went to Torrejon de Ardoz to revisit some shopping center and then down to Huete to visit a cheese factory and further down to Ségobriga archeological site (Roman times)  and onwards to Belmonte to visit a castle. I am a road warrior, I tell you ::)

We went straight to Torrejon de Ardoz on the A40/A3/M50/CM420 right into our old ave de la constitucion to see the old town where I used to come as a Young teen ,and took my boys when very Young to shop at the Toys ‘R Us store in the shopping center parque Corredor. Well we came back with them much older and it was a nice memorable trip. Of course,this time we did not stop at Toys’R Us but it was a chance for them to now pay their own and buy us some drinks lol!!! The shopping center is loaded with stores (about 180 of them) and restaurants and a good stopping point out of Madrid as well to shop better prices. Here is the link: http://www.parque-corredor.com/

And you don’t need a car if coming from Madrid, as from Avenida  America bus depot you can take bus 224A  to Torrejon de Ardoz and there take the bus to the shopping center  Parque Corredor on No 252 or bus 4.http://www.crtm.es/tu-transporte-publico/autobuses-interurbanos/lineas/8__224___.aspx?origen=2

site on the manchego cheese from the tourist office here: http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/gastronomia/queso-manchego-6483/descripcion/

The lacto ganadera Rio Mayor in Huete or OPTA produces very good manchego cheese from the brebis Young goat, we had the El Ermita brand from the supermarket before and we went to Opta on site, very good black label=etiqueta negra more here: http://www.quesoshuete.com/

There was a pepino de Huete festival on August 9th, and we had a blast with the peppers tasting and local white wines, on a market ambiance festivity. More here in Spanish: http://huete.org/wp/?p=979

We had time to wandered the Streets of Huete and see its arquitecture richness for a small town, very good. The Antiguo monasterio de Santo Domingo de Guzmán founded in 1620. http://www.huete.org/web/?p=arteypatri&c=6|0&id=enlace11

The Casa Palacio de los Condes de Garcinarro; built mid 15C, here stayed the King Felipe III in 1604; more here: http://www.huete.org/web/?p=arteypatri&c=6|0&id=enlace14

The Church Monastery of Antiguo monasterio de Santa María de la Merced build between 1668-1684 more here: http://www.huete.org/web/?p=arteypatri&c=6|0&id=enlace3

Torre del reloj build on the old city hall and done in 1795.right alongside the wall encircling the old town. More views here after restoration in the city page: http://huete.org/wp/?p=877

In Ségobriga , (Salieces) they have found practically a city of Roman times fully excavated that is quite large, the information desk told us about 1H30 so in the scorching sun of about 35C we decided it was too much to do, we will come back in better walking weather but the site is a must.  It is known as the Parque Archeologico de Segobriga. We just stopped by to see the détails and gather information; you have more info here in Spanish: http://www.patrimoniohistoricoclm.es/parque-arqueologico-de-segobriga/

And in English from Spain tourist office here : http://www.spain.info/en/que-quieres/arte/monumentos/cuenca/parque_arqueologico_de_segobriga.html

We finally set route for Belmonte one of the best preserve castles in the region of Castilla La Mancha South of Madrid.  There is always something going on here even of medieval looks, and it is wonderful a must to visit. We did not have time to see it all but is on our agenda to come back for more here.  The castle page in English is here: http://castillodebelmonte.com/en/

The Castle of Belmonte, built in the later part of the 15C by the Marquis of Villena who did a lot building around the region and has inprints in some of the town we visited in Castilla La Mancha region. The castle was abandoned and in ruins for many centuries and later served as a monastery ,the a prison, and finally restored again and open to the public in 2010. Interesting for me and maybe many here is that this castle came by heritage to a member of the house of Villena, Eugenia de Guzman, better known as the Empress  Eugenia de Montijo (imperatrice Eugénie of the French wife of emperor Napoleon III) she spent money restoring it until her end from power in 1870. The castle passed to her descendants the Casa Ducal de Peñaranda – Montijo, consisting of the Duque de Peñaranda (and Conde de Montijo), and his  3 brothers in direct line who are still the owners. History here some facts recall the many battles to conquer the Castilian crown, Royal Lodge to the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella,(Fernando y Isabel I) or the birth of the renaissance poet Fray Luis de Leon.  It has also been the setting of the film “El Cid“ with Charlton Heston and Sofia Loren as main characters. Wonderful indeed the photos of from the exterior and you can see the windmills written and spoken in so many works from the time of Don Quijote de la Mancha.!!!

More from the tourist office of the region in Spanish: http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/castillo-de-belmonte-20864/visita/

After a long hot day on the road we headed back to our home base in the Serrania de Cuenca at 1400 meters cool mountain air. Ready to plan our next traiblazing outing in Spain. Enjoy your weekend, Cheers.

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