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Don Quixote Route

Don Quixote Route

There's an officially recognized touristic Don Quixote route that goes through 148 Spanish towns. Travel throughout La Mancha and discover Don Quixote route

In Miguel de Cervantes' famous novel: El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha), the principal character makes three adventurous trips through the Spanish regions of La Mancha, Aragón and Barcelona. The novel was published in two separate volumes a decade apart (1605 and 1615) and is known as the most influential work of Spanish literature of the Golden Age. Don Quixote is a founding work of Western literature and is regarded as one of the greatest works of fiction ever published.

Since Don Quixote was published, there has been controversy regarding exactly which villages Quixote passed through. Many authors have suggested certain routes based on the descriptions provided in the novel. However, the descriptions are not detailed enough to reach a common conclusion.

Based primarily in Romagosa's theory, in 1780 the Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española) published a version that is recognized as being the most accurate and plausible route. The facts continue to be studied and new versions of the real Don Quixote routes are still being published.

There is an officially recognized touristic Don Quixote route that goes through 148 towns throughout its more than 1,243 mi. (2,000 km.) of routes that cover a vast stretch of historical and livestock trails that are indicated with clear signs. The route is divided into 10 itineraries and 56 stages that unite the most important sites highlighted in Cervantes' masterpiece. The Don Quixote Route was distinguished in 2007 as a European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.

10 Itineraries of the Don Quixote Route

The adventures of Don Quixote have spread throughout the world as one of the most translated novels in history. In Castile La-Mancha, Spain, Don Quixote is a recognized cultural symbol. His legend has generated cultural tourism of people eager to experience the social and geographic reality of what Cervantes' masterfully described in The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha.

Whichever route may be the true one described in Cervantes' novel, we do know that the vast majority of Don Quixote's adventures took place in what is today the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. There, any journey will help one discover the soul of La Mancha and its traditions, the true inspiration behind Don Quixote.

The Don Quixote route offers visitors the possibility to travel through remote lands that for hundreds of years have formed part of human memory. We invite you to enjoy the longest historical tourist route in Europe, where wind mills still dot the vast horizon. Accompany Don Quixote of La Mancha through centuries of Spanish history!