Back to Huete, province of Cuenca, and the manchegos!

So on our last day of our summer vacation August 2017, we re visit Huete , a nice provincial town we have visited last year too. The post is here: https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2016/08/27/clm-and-comu-de-madridtorrejon-de-ardozhuetesegobrigaand-belmonte/

The tourist office in the city hall webpage there has many in Spanish here: http://www.huete.org/web/?p=situacion&c=6|0

And of course, the Region Castilla La Mancha has more: http://www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/huete-39731/descripcion/

The town came  to Christian hands when king Alfonso VII took the city from the Arab/Moors. The king left the management of the city to the Castro family ,and after some concerns with the young son Alfonso VIII, and the separation from the region of Castilla y Leon, brought a huge battle against the Manrique de la Lara family in 1164. The city was huge and the Arab/Moors caliph came back to attack it with over 100K men so says the legend, and they were repulsed  due to storms that make them change their mind and stop the advance. This was on the day of Santa Justa and Santa Refina therefore, the town’s patron Saints now with their date on July 19.. In 1290 king Sancho IV celebrated the pardon of the Jewish Castilians.  It was name a city in 1428 by king Juan II. The city felled to the Catholic kings  when their troops march in the city in 1476, and by 1477 Huete was name Noble and Loyal town of Spain.

There are a couple of museum worth seeing such as the Museo de la Fotografia, Fundacion Antonio Perez, with photos done by local photographers. And the Museo Arte Moderno, Florencio de la Fuerte with paintings by Dali, Picasso, Corot, Bores, Villatoro, Ortega, and Guayasamin.

We went around town to soak in the locals and eat and buy fruits and cucumber very good ones here. As to what to see well this time we passed by the Convento Justinianas de Jesus y Maria , work began in 1554 as well as the Church by the same name there. In the convent you see the museum of photography mentioned above.

You can see and if you dare climb to the old Castle ruins seen from the city center in town , and get into the inner city on Calle Mamerto Alique with nice architecture in buildings. The Church of San Nicolas de Medina, started by Jesuist and done between 1700-1703, once there see the Puerta de Medina gate the only medieval one preserved from the ramparts built at end of the 12C. King Charles III gave the Church the title of Royal , and has Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1770, and in 1795 the Fraternity of St John the Evangelist had a Chapel built too.   You can see the hill around the town by the Castle and notice the big Christ statue on top overlooking the city.

The beautiful Church and Monastery of Santa Maria de la Merced ,the Church was done in 1670 with the Sacristy built in 1754. The monastery was done in the 13C  and the beautiful baroque cloister between 1645-1648. The facades and wrought iron windows were done in the 18C.

You can see the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman , done in the Classical to the Baroque in 1621 and finished by 1642.  The façade is impressive and nice walk in the surrounding streets.

Then, you go over the El Posito or the little well; a historical building but also a store of local goodies. The Posito Real or Royal Stores that is.  Here we stored grains in the old days, cereals, etc. We lend it to the farmers ! The façade is from the 17C with a Royal shield and two of Huete. The left of it was built in 1698 , and the central section and other in 1871.

We went out outside city center into the Quesos Opta and Rio Mayor, these are the Manchego cheeses of world fame, from the Oveja or sheep!! They make them all, and sell them at the store in the factory. Also, the one in Cercedilla do tours !! We took advantage as last year we only came to purchase. Just magical.  Lacto-Ganadera Rio Mayor, Srl Ctra CM 310 km 101 , more here: http://www.quesoshuete.com/en/

We shop always for the etiqueta negra or black label, queso mescal tierno or young mix cheese with goat and milk as well as sheep blend, and the Romero or Rosemary. Just great still enjoying it ::)

I try in vain to visit the Pago Calzadilla wine on the road towards Cuenca CM2019, just out of Huete near the town of Caracenilla.  These wines I had in Cuenca and bring them home, but last year it was closed by the time we got there. This year I call ahead asking if open and yes, however, when we got there ,they were doing inventory and were closed again. Oh well, we will just have to drink their wines!!! More here: http://www.pagocalzadilla.com/web/es

And we headed back to our vacation home in Las Majadas, Cuenca. This was our last venture out,and we left the next day , see post on the departure a few days ago . Sad to go again ,as it was a wonderful family vacation and always many fond memories together. Cuenca , Castilla La Mancha, Spain has been our get away for the last two years! Do not if 3 is a charm but it sure feels good here, you ought to check it out indeed!

Therefore, my posts on Spain towns and regions will end and back to the realities of work in France, one day it will be, can’t wait ! Enjoy your week and close weekend wherever you are ,and with all that is going on in our world, think, be safe and enjoy life to the fullest. Cheers

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2 Comments to “Back to Huete, province of Cuenca, and the manchegos!”

  1. Not sure if we’Lloyd make it through La Mancha this year, but I cannot resist those cheeses. We’Lloyd see. Nice photos. 👍

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