How to Travel From Madrid to Consuegra by Bus, Car, and Guided Tour

Windmills on hill in Consuegra, Castilla La Mancha, Spain
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Consuegra is a small town located in the heart of Castilla–La Mancha, a region in Spain that is considered one of the most traditional places in the country. It's only about 80 miles (129 kilometers) outside of Madrid, so it's a popular place to visit for day trips to get out of the city and is usually combined with the nearby town of Toledo.

Driving is the fastest way to get to Consuegra and also gives travelers the freedom to explore other towns in the area. The bus is a long journey and it's essential to be mindful of the schedule if you're visiting for the day, but it's the most affordable way to get to Consuegra. For those who want to sit back and not worry about transit, guided tours are great options that also fill in the excursion with all of the history and stories you would otherwise miss out on.

  Time Cost Best For
Bus 2 hours, 30 minutes from $8 Traveling on a budget
Guided Tour 11 hours from $110 Easy traveling
Car 1 hour, 30 minutes 82 miles (132 kilometers) Exploring the area

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Madrid to Consuegra?

Buses provided by the company Samar run daily from Madrid to Consuegra and tickets run about $8 for a one-way journey (there's a small discount if you purchase a roundtrip ticket). It's also the slowest method for getting to Consuegra, as the ride takes two and a half hours each way. It's not a short journey, but it's doable for a quick day trip to see the windmills and eat a typical lunch in town. There's usually only one or two buses per day, however, so be extra vigilant with the schedule and don't miss your bus coming back to Madrid.

Buses depart from Estación del Sur bus station located near the Méndez Álvaro metro stop, with connection to Line 1 and Line 6. In Consuegra, the bus stop is in the town center and within walking distance from the windmills and castle.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Madrid to Consuegra?

Renting a car and driving yourself is the fastest way to get to Consuegra and cuts out an entire hour from the bus ride. Only 82 miles (132 kilometers) of road separates the two cities, and the drive should take about 90 minutes, although traffic around Madrid can cause delays. Most travelers who take a day trip to the windmills combine it with a stop in Toledo, which is conveniently located off the A-42 highway that you'll take to Consuegra.

Parking in Consuegra is mostly by street meters, but finding a spot shouldn't be too difficult. Look for machines near your parking spot and follow the instructions—which are available in English—for adding time to the meter.

Is There a Guided Tour That Goes From Madrid to Consuegra?

Because it's so close to the Spanish capital, several different tour companies provide full-day excursions to Consuegra and the surrounding region of Castilla–La Mancha, usually including Toledo and another small town. The tours are often labeled as "Castillian Tours" or "Don Quixote Tours," since it's the same land traversed by the fictional hero. Nattivus is one highly-rated tour group that picks up travelers at 8 a.m. and brings them back into Madrid at 9 p.m. for a full-day venture, with prices starting at $110 for an adult ticket.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Consuegra?

If you're driving to Consuegra, avoid the highways during weekday rush hour, if possible. Even though you'll be going against the direction of traffic—assuming you leave Madrid in the morning and return in the evening—the number of cars on the road will still cause congestion.

The weather in Consuegra is similar to that of Madrid—very cold winters with little precipitation and intensely hot summers. Since all of the main sites in town are outside and you have to walk between them, either extreme can make for a less-than-ideal experience. Spring and fall, on the other hand, experience mild temperatures and mostly sunny days, although the occasional thunderstorm does happen. Consuegra is also famous for its saffron flowers, which turn the fields purple in October. Visit during this month to see the flowers and take part in the Rose of Saffron Festival that takes place.

What's the Most Scenic Route to Consuegra?

The region of Castilla–La Mancha is known for being the most "typically Spanish," but also for its flat, arid, and uninteresting landscape. The drive isn't particularly scenic, but if you want to make the most of your day trip you can add two additional stops. Drive to Consuegra using the A-42 highway and stop in Toledo on your way there, famous for its long history and massive cathedral. After seeing the windmills, head back north to Madrid using the A-4 highway, which passes through the town of Aranjuez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to a palace and is the current residence of the Spanish royal family.

What Is There to Do in Consuegra?

Consuegra's most iconic landmark is the nearby windmills, which centuries ago were sprinkled all across the region. Nowadays, the best-preserved examples are the ones you can see in Consuegra. They were famously mistaken for giants by Don Quixote in the 17th-century novel by Miguel de Cervantes and have become an iconic piece of history in Castilla–La Mancha and in Spain. Consuegra Castle, built by the Moors who were then ruling the area in the 10th century, stands guard over the town from the top of a hill. The architecture has been changed over time, but a tour will show you what life was like inside a medieval Moorish castle in Spain.

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