Villanueva de los Infantes – a National Historic Site

Villanueva de los Infantes is a municipality and city in the southeast of the Ciudad Real province (Spain), in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.

Since 2017 Villanueva de los Infantes has been a part of the network The most beautiful towns in Spain.

A part of the Don Quixote Route.

It has been designated by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as “El Lugar de La Mancha” (The Place in La Mancha) mentioned at the start of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. It is also known as the place where Francisco de Quevedo died; his remains were found in 2007 in the church of San Andrés Apostol (St. Andrew’s Church). It is possible to visit the room in the convent where Quevedo spent his final days. The convent is now the church of Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic) and this room is situated inside it.

Tourism and main attractions

Villanueva de los Infantes is a National Historic Site.

Religious architecture:

Church of San Andrés Apóstol

Villanueva de los Infantes – Convent of the Dominicans

Church of the Trinity

Church of Santo Domingo

Convent of Santo Domingo – Hospedería Real

Dominican Church “La Encarnación” – Auditorium

Church of the Poor Clares (Old Fountain)

Chapel of the Remedy

Santiago Hospital

Oratory of Santo Tomás de Villanueva

House of the Inquisition (facade)

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Antigua

Civil architecture

Main Square

Alhóndiga – House of Culture

Arc’s House

Comedy House (Part of the facade)

Colegio Menor – Casa del Estudio

Palace of the Rebuelta

Melgarejo Palace

Palace of the Crossbowmen

House of the Knight of the Green Gabán (popularly known as this)

Rueda Palace


Among the most typical dishes we find Galianos, migas, tiznao, stoned eggs, garlic and Manchego pisto. The Manchego cheese stands out from both the town and the surrounding towns.

Its wines belong to the Denomination of Origin of La Mancha and its oil to that of Campo de Montiel. The most typical and indigenous dish of the town is the “lemon ensalá”, which is made with juice and pulp of lemon, onion, oil, paprika and apple or orange.

How to get to?

Distances to the main cities of the community:

From Ciudad Real 51 min (63.9 km) via Autovía del IV Centenario/CM-45 and Cd Real-Valdepeñas/CM-412

From Albacete 1 hr 57 min (200 km) via A-43

From Cuenca 2 hr 22 min (234 km) via A-43

From Guadalajara 2 hr 34 min (272 km) via A-4

From Toledo 1 hr 37 min (169 km) via CM-42 and A-4

From Madrid 2 hr 18 min (222 km) via A-4

Main information

Area: 135 sq. km (municipality)

Coordinates: 38°44′03″N 3°01′00″W

Population: 4 869

Languages: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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