San Clemente, Province of Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha!!

And getting to the memorable year of 2017 updating revising my old posts. This year is special as the last vacation with my dear late wife Martine. We came to San Clemente by chance driving our road warrior routine in the Province of Cuenca, Autonomous region of Castilla La Mancha. We really enjoy the town and is one of our greatest memories of family vacation.

And here I am again with the continuing story of the province of Cuenca and Castilla La Mancha, Don Quijote and all; this is a road warrior’s delight into the heart of Spain. We went on by car on the edges of the N310 road to San Clemente.  This was the highlight of the trip, not only because of the ride into a more built-up city or the fine buildings, but we had a great lunch at a wonderful place we marked down to come back! Indeed the highlight of the visit.

The town is very old going back into pre history. Here the Romans and Moors and once conquered back Christian, they found a wooden Virgin near a old castle ruin and call it Virgen de Rus, (for the old castle) now the town Patron’s Saint. As the town sided with queen Isabel I the Catholic, it was given special privileges and town status independent of others since 1479. Key city in the war of independence from Napoleon’s France at the end in 1814 was given judicial power city one of 12 in the area for been loyal to the Spanish Crown.  During the Spanish Civil War, there were aerodrome built here mostly of Russian make for the Republican losing side.

It has a huge inventory of historical buildings and has been declared a city of national interest in Spain. One of these buildings is the Casa Consistorial ,renaissance from the 16C . The bottom floor is the local archive and the other floors there is a Graphics arts museum. It is in the Plaza Mayor.

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There is a tower in the plaza Mayor  or Torre Vieja, (old tower) built in the 15C before 1445. It is now the Tourist Office and the Museum of Etnography of Labranza.

We walked by the Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, the Convent of San José y Santa Ana (Founded by Carmelites in  1617), Monasterio de los Angeles (Founded in 1588 by Trinitarians), Old Prison building ( done in 1588 united by the arches), and the Plaza de Toros! (built in 1908), and needed more time.

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San Clemente

The wonderful city hall ,Mercado del Abasto market, el Posito (old bakeries and butcheries housing grains in second level and meats in first level) , the nice looking gate arches coming out from the Plaza Mayor just nice; the City/town hall of plateresque style architecture ; and of course the Cerveceria El Carmen (see post) where we had our lunch for the day !  Plenty of tapas chorizos fritos, omelettes of potatoes tortillas de patata, ham croquettes, etc and the nice cold beers just what the summer calls for it,and all under 9€ per person! Nice ::) And we love it, still memories flashing back of our family lunch there!!! Restaurant Guru webpage on the El Carmen and more photos enjoy it as we did:https://es.restaurantguru.com/Cerveceria-Taperia-Carmen-San-Clemente-Castile-La-Mancha

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The city of San Clemente on things to see in Spanish: http://www.sanclemente.es/que-ver-en-san-clemente/

The tourist office of San Clemente on things to do, tourist map etc in Spanish: http://www.turismosanclemente.com/es/plano-turistico.zhtm

The tourist office of Cuenca province on La Mancha region of San Clemente in English: https://www.descubrecuenca.com/en/rutas/la-mancha

The tourist office of Castilla La Mancha on San Clemente in English: http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/san-clemente-24731/descripcion/

There is plenty to see in San Clemente for more than a day, maybe two.  Once again, this is wonderful, this is life. I ended our tour for the day and headed back to our house in the Serrania de Cuenca at Las Majadas. Very nice ride, good fun for the family and a lot passed on for future generations on my beloved Spain. Spain; everything under the sun. 

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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