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Urda, where tradition meets authenticity

Urda is located in the heart of nature, a peaceful village just 45 minutes from Toledo, a World Heritage City.

An incomparable paradise in which to lose oneself and disconnect. Decades of history and literature flood every corner, where the stories of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza come to life turning the mills of the region into the protagonists of an eternal adventure, and where the cultural wealth, forged over time, tells the story of our humble land.

Take long walks, enjoy hiking, visit its emblematic places, learn about its culture and history, see the animals in the middle of nature, the centenary olive trees, its vineyards, the saffron fields, enjoy the festivities of the Santísimo Cristo de Vera Cruz…

We invite you to discover for yourself the legacy and beauty of Urda and its unique environment.

The environment & surroundings of Urda...

Discover the treasures of our land less than an hour from Urda. You will be transported to the unique experience of feeling the region of La Mancha.

Consuegra Mills

There are few images as astonishing and graphic as contemplating one of the largest and best preserved windmill complexes in Spain. Its 12 windmills, located at the top of the Cerro Calderico hill to take better advantage of the air currents provided by the elevations, have watched over the future of Consuegra and its people from above. Some of them date back to the 16th century and are still in operation and can be visited.

Consuegra Castle

Consuegra Castle stands majestically atop the hill, with its imposing presence and walls steeped in history. From its towers, you can enjoy panoramic views that will take your breath away and take you back in time.

Saffron Trail

Camino del Azafrán

From mid-October until the first weeks of November the fine purple mantle covers the fields of La Mancha with the delicate and precious Saffron Rose. Numerous villages pay homage to saffron (Consuegra, Madridejos, Camuñas and Villafranca de los Caballeros), as the whole process of planting, harvesting, harvesting, harvesting, roasting, marketing and use has formed part of the culture and life of their inhabitants.

Tembleque Main Square

La Mancha square with corridors in the 17th century Baroque style. It was designed to fulfil a dual function, the purely urban function as the centre of the town’s life and that of a bullring. One of its three gates was also the entrance to the bullring.

Land of Don Quixote

A dream route that proposes an itinerary through four municipalities: Alcázar de San Juan, Argamasilla de Alba, Campo de Criptana and El Toboso, located in the heart of the La Mancha plain and where the soul of the book created by Cervantes is still to be found.

Motilla de Azuer

A unique archaeological site located in the fertile lowlands of the river Azuer that gives it its name. It is located controlling and exploiting a large territory that allowed access to agricultural resources, and to the water supply, a precious and necessary resource captured from the water table, in what is to date the oldest well on the peninsula.

Tablas de Daimiel
National Park

Where nature unfolds in all its grandeur. Extensive meadows, wetlands and lagoons that are home to a wealth of flora and fauna. Let yourself be captivated by the serenity and beauty of this unique ecosystem, walk along its paths and connect with the wild essence of La Mancha.

Calatrava La Vieja Archaeological Site - Alarcos

The history of the Reconquest in Spain would not be understood without these two sites that can be visited. They are located in the centre of the southern sub-plateau, at an important crossroads that gave them great urban development and an unquestionable geopolitical and strategic value. Calatrava and Alarcos were key crossroads on the main routes between Córdoba and Toledo, and the roads from Mérida to Zaragoza until the mid-13th century. This generated intense commercial traffic and made them key points in the defence of the plateau.

Puy du Fou Theme Park
(Spain)

A place where history and nature go hand in hand, it is a place of emotion and spectacle in abundance for an unforgettable day. Travel through history with great shows, several period villages and an endless number of places where you can taste local gastronomic products.

What to see in Urda, famous for...

There are more than enough reasons to visit our beautiful town, Urda. What can you see and what can you enjoy in Urda? We tell you all about it.

Image of the Stmo. Cristo de la Vera Cruz / Urdetano Jubilee Holy Year

The image of the Stmo. Cristo de La Vera Cruz, created by Luis de Villoldo and given to the Royal Archconfraternity on 30th June 1596. It can be visited in its Basilica. The confraternity of the Stmo. Cristo de La Vera Cruz enjoys the perpetual jubilee granted by the Holy See, which is celebrated when the 29th of September, the feast of the Cristo de Urda, falls on a Sunday. It is a privilege granted by Pope Saint John Paul II since 2005.

Basilica of Stmo. Cristo de la Vera Cruz

The primitive hermitage of this town must have been built before the 16th century, being located outside the town walls, under the patronage of the Santo Cristo de la Caja, and over the centuries it underwent various alterations until it reached its current appearance. Almost all that remains of the original chapel is the rectangular shape of its main nave.

Ex-Votos Museum (Basilica Basement)

Museo de Exvotos

Located in the basements of the basilica, there is a large collection of votive offerings and gifts that the Christ of Urda has received over the centuries in gratitude for the gifts and miracles granted to his faithful and pilgrims.

Guerrero Malagón
Museum

Mariano Guerrero Malagón was a painter from Urda, who produced all his work in Toledo, and who wanted a large part of his work to remain in his village for the enjoyment of the people of Urdeño and visitors.

Tío Rufo's
Windmill

Rebuilt in 2006 by Mr. Eugenio González, a resident of Urda, it stands in the Cerrillos area, from where one of the best views of the foothills of the Montes de Toledo can be seen. This mill, of the “Tower type”, has two peculiarities that make it different from the windmills in other areas of La Mancha. One is that it has two doors, one facing north and the other south, and the other has only 8 small windows through which you can see where the wind comes from. One Sunday a month, we can enjoy the windmill culture through dramatised visits to the windmill.

Path of the Well of Paloduz, viewpoint of the mill of the Horns

A hiking route that runs through the Pozuelo area, between the foothills of Los Montes de Toledo and La Mancha Toledana, with an easily accessible route of about 12 kilometres. The scenic beauty of the area, and the glimpse of numerous native species of plants, such as rosewood, fennel and rosemary, make it a unique place to enjoy in spring and autumn.

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