Living in La Mancha - Valdepeñas, Wine, Quixote & small town life in Spain - When in Spain Ep.75

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

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In this episode of the When in Spain podcast I take a weekend trip two hours south of Madrid to the town of Valdepeñas with three friends, one of whom spent a year living the Spanish small town life in deep Castilla la Mancha before moving to the Spanish capital.


Windmills on the plains of La Mancha
Windmills on the plains of La Mancha

With the help of Matt Jennings, friend and fellow hispanophile - who incidentally wrote his masters thesis on Miguel de Cervantes´ most famous work The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha - we talk about what Valedepeñas and the wider autonomous community of Castilla la Mancha is famous for and what it has to offer.

Think wine, windmills and of course Don Quixote. Also find out why Valdepeñas is classed as a heroic city or Ciudad Heroica. 

The shield of Valdepeñas in the town´s Plaza de España
The shield of Valdepeñas (A heroic city) in the town´s Plaza de España

Chris and Adam also join us as we sup beer and eat tapas in the centre of Valdepeñas, to talk about the differences between small town life versus big city living in Spain.

We share our experiences of integrating with the locals, language learning and adapting to life in Spain.

The sleepy Plaza de España in Valdepeñas
The sleepy Plaza de España in Valdepeñas

A statue of Don Quixote in the centre of Valdepeñas
A statue of Don Quixote in the centre of Valdepeñas

Vineyards in Castilla La Mancha - the largest wine region in the world
Vineyards in Castilla La Mancha - the largest wine region in the world

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