A frustrating visit to Argamasilla and a nice suprise on our way out... Peñarroya Castle

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The Castle of Peñarroya

Argamasilla de Alba is known for having an important sight involving Cervantes and Don Quixote (the cellar where Cervantes was held prisioner and started writing his book). Well, we couldn't see it.

By the time we got there it was lunch time (Spanish one) so all the sights were closed. So we looked for a bar and had some nice lunch with sangria and water for me since I was driving (too bad!). While eating, it started pouring down... really heavy rain, so we stayed longer in the bar hoping for it to stop. It didn't, so eventually, bored as we were there (and too tempted by the sangria myself) we got in the car a took off. I'll definitely have to come back and do the proper Don Quixote route some other time, with better weather and one or two days more. We were really unlucky with the weather. It hardly rains in this part of Spain but it's been a bizarre winter....

On our way back to Almagro, just 5-10 minutes from Argamasilla, the rain situation improved a lot and all of a sudden we saw this castle on the left side of the road so we stopped and wander around for a while. No entry fee. It's located by a dam and you have a nice view of the river. Then, the rain came back so... back in the car!

It took about one hour to get back to Almagro, all in heavy rain (hate driving like that!). Back in Almagro, straight to the plaza for some tapas and wine (what a hard life...). No terrace today, the rain took it over this time, but inside the bar it worked just fine too...

joehobo says:
Nice of you to remind us of Don Quixote the funny knight.
Posted on: Nov 03, 2010
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The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
View from the castle
View from the castle
View from the castle
View from the castle
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
View from the castle
View from the castle
View from the castle
View from the castle
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
The Castle of Peñarroya
Argamasilla de Alba
photo by: Mortyzia