The 2 star PALACIO BUENAVISTA HOSTELRY is situated in the beautiful town of Belmonte (Cuenca), in the La Mancha region. It was built in the 16th century and completely refurbished in 1996, so that it presently has everything necessary to ensure its guests' comfort. It is a rustic-style building and is in a good state of repair. Our lodging is designed for, and aimed at, those who are looking for a well-earned rest in such a place that stands out for its interior courtyard, its vaulted cellars, its craftsmanship and its railings.
Meet our facilities
The hostelry sleeps 80 guests, in 32 double rooms, 3 suites and 1 special suite with jacuzzi, all with full bathroom, air conditioning, telephone and television. We also have extra beds and cots if required.
In your Restaurant you can taste typical dishes of the La Mancha region. Also knowm are roasted suckling pig or lamb and different homemade desserts. In Palacio Buenavista you can organize your celebrations: Weddings, Baptisms, Communions, etc. for which it offers menus tailored to your needs and always with high quality of all products.
The Restaurant service is exclusively for groups and events by reservation.
Useful tourist information
The town of Belmonte is in the heart of the province of Cuenca's La Mancha area. It was founded in the 12th century and is an historical site of great significance, conserving important civil and religious buildings, as well as an important defensive area of walls and gateways. Within this architectural site, a number of building are outstanding:
THE CASTLE: built by the Marquis of Villena, it is in Gothic-Mudejar, Plateresque and Gothic-Moorish styles. It has two areas: the exterior, pentagonal in form, joins to the walls that descend to the town. It has two gates, one in Gothic style with side bastions and another false one to the west.
COLLEGIATE CHURCH: The very large Collegiate Church of San Bartolomé has three naves and a polygonal apse. Inside there is a 17th century Baroque altarpiece and, in the sides, four vaulted niches with stone tombs of the parents and grandparents of the Marquises of Villena.
Other important historical sites are:
- The 14th century Palace of the Infante Juan Manuel.
- The 17th century Monastery of Los Trinitarios.
- The 18th century Jesuit Monastery.
- The 17th century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Gracia.
- The Monreal Gate.
- The Almudí Gate.
- The Baillo family house.
- The Chinchilla Gate.
- The square of Plaza Muñoz Grandes (former prison).
- The San Juan Gate.
- The Fray Luis de León House Museum.
- The Village Museum.
- The Collegiate Museum.
- The square of Plaza del Pilar, with horse watering trough.
It seems that the name Belmonte (in Spanish beautiful mountain) is due to the beauty of the surrounding landscape and the beautiful mountain near which it developed. Belmonte belonged to a nephew of Alfonso X the Wise, Don Juan Manuel, who built a palace and the first defensive ramparts of the town. In 1361 King Pedro I declared the town of Belmonte independent and later Enrique III gave it to D. Juan Fernández Pacheco, whose son D. Juan Pacheco, promiment member of the courts of Juan II and Enrique IV, must be given credit for the the town’s most emblematic buildings, including the Castle.
The town experienced a period of splendor during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Colegio de los Jesuitas [Jesuit School] and the Convento Franciscano [Franciscan Convent] were renown at that time, when the landscape around Belmont was embellished with a beautiful cresting of windmills.
This historic vestige, evident in all of its streets, has been gathered up by filmmakers, turning Belmonte into cinematographic scenery on more than one occasion. They shot films such as Las hijas del Cid, Don Quijote and Dulcinea del Toboso. However, the best-known of these films is certainly El Cid, starring Sophia Loren and Charlton Heston, shot in 1961.
This masterpiece of Spanish literature has its roots in the La Mancha region. Here, we can easily find traces of the adventures of Don Quixote and tour the towns through which Cervantes brought him, or see firsthand the windmills that the nobleman mistook for giants. It is simply a matter of letting go and enjoying what the path of Don Quixote’s adventures has to offer.
Places of interest:
“Windmills and albaicín”
This village is located along the “Route of Quixote” in the area of Campo de Montiel. It is located along the N-420 road between Alcázar de San Juan and Mota del Cuervo. It is typical village of La Mancha, and has the largest number of windmills, together with Mota de Cuervo and Consuegra.
Of the 32 windmills it had at one time, and which Don Quixote mistook for giants, at present there are only 10 on the hill called “de la Paz”. Three of these windmills, namely Sardinero, Infanto and Burleta, have been declared Property of Cultural Interest and conserve their original structure and mechanisms.
“Dulcinea's house and Cervantine Museum”
This village is located in the province of Toledo, 25 km. from Belmonte.
It is a typical village of La Mancha that is evocative of Don Quixote. Not much is known about the origins of this beautiful village, perhaps because of the worldwide fame it acquired when it was named in Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece.
Three buildings in the village are considered historical monuments:
- The Convent of the Trinitarias Recoletas
- The House of Dulcinea.
- The Convent of the Franciscanas.
“Balcony of La Mancha”
This village, also known as the “Balcony of La Mancha”, is part of the Route of Quixote and is located 16 km from Belmonte. It is a typical village of La Mancha and boasts the largest number of windmills of the region, together Campo de Criptana and Consuegra.
There are seven windmills on the outskirts of the village, all lined up, each bearing the name of a different country. The village also produces a unique type of pottery and has well-known, modern wineries.
Places of interest in the village include the Convent del Verdinal, the Ermita de Manjavacas, the Ermita Ntra. Sra. del Valle, the Church of San Miguel, etc.
“Parochial Church of San Pedro and the Altarpiece of the Assumption”
Villaescusa de Haro is a little village located to the southwest of Cuenca along the N-420 road and about 5 Km of Belmonte. The village, which borders on Belmonte to the south and west, has many beautiful monuments. Its major places of interest include:
- The Parish Church of San Pedro, Palace of the Ramírez de Arellano family, which currently houses the Town Hall, ruins of the cloister of the Dominicans, of great architectural value, etc.
- The Castle of Haro is located on top of a hill overlooking the valley of the Záncara river, halfway between the castles of Belmonte and Garcimuñoz.
One of the visits forced from Belmonte is the Segóbriga's archaeological Park placed to approximately 42 Km of Belmonte towards Saelices. It is a question of a city iberorromana of great archaeological value. It is one of the better preserved Archaeological Parks and the most important of the Castilian plateau or Meseta. So as to make the visit to Segóbriga more interesting and worthwhile, a modern interpretation centre was built, in the style of a Roman villa well integrated in the landscape. In the hall of the villa the origins and history of the city are explained.
Monastery “The Escorial of La Mancha”
Continuing towards Saelices, to approximately 10 Km. one finds Uclés, former of La Mancha villa of historical importance. The first settlement is prior to the Romans, who included it along the road leading to Segóbriga. The main attraction of the village is the complex comprising the castle and the monastery. The main symbol of Uclés is the monastery or “Prioral de Santiago”, which can be seen, together with the castle, from several kilometres away thanks to its exceptional location. Visitors to Uclés, also referred to the Escorial of La Mancha, will be pleasantly surprised by this gem of our cultural heritage.
"Landscape and Avifauna"
Las lagunas de Ruidera initiate its tour in Peñarroya's marsh and are an oasis in the middle of La Mancha where visitors can enjoy its 15 lakes along simple routes which can be easily followed by all. Following a rest, visitors can go on to visit other points of interest of the area whilst enjoying the natural surroundings.
La Lagunas de Ruidera form the most fertile nature reserve of Castilla La Mancha, together with the Tablas de Daimiel.
This is, without a doubt, one the most beautiful landscapes to be admired not only in Castilla La Mancha but in all of Spain.
Argamasilla de Alba is to approximately 65 Km of Belmonte nailed in the Field of San Juan in the heart of La Mancha, in the province of Ciudad Real. It is considered to be the place of La Mancha which Cervantes did not want to remember. As places of interest are outlined the Church of San Juan Baptizer, Medrano's house and Peñarroya's castle.
In the basements of Medrano's house, in Medrano's cave, Cervantes suffered prison and starting lighting here his immortal work Don Quijote de La Mancha. At present the House Historical Artistic Monument is declared.
Peñarroya's castle is one of the fortresses that still remain in the territory of which the hospitable gentlemen possessed in La Mancha, the Field called of San Juan. It is placed to 12 Km. of Argamasilla de Alba, towards the lagoons, constituting the entry to the Nature Reserve. Placed strategically on a cliff, in which the prey of Peñarroya's reservoir was constructed. Recently they have found in the exterior a necropolis of Islamic rite and a field of siloes of indeterminate chronology.
Activities you can practice
- Typical countryside tasks
- Wine tourism