Travels in Spain, Castles and Travels of El Cid

castle of Jadraques

This is the castle of Jadraques near Guadalajara in Castilla-La Mancha.

There isn’t a castle in this part of Spain that doesn’t make a claim that El Cid made a visit.

There is no absolute way of knowing if El Cid or his contemporary Alvar Fáñez de Minaya ever really did pass this way but there is a quotation from ‘El Cantar de Mio Cid‘ to provide the evidence that he did.

One thing is for sure – if El Cid did turn up at all the locations that claim that he did then he certainly covered an impressive amount of miles and spent an awful  lot of time in the saddle.

El Cid

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17 responses to “Travels in Spain, Castles and Travels of El Cid

  1. Brings to mind all the many places that George Washington supposedly slept! 🙂

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  2. . . . actually . . .

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-washington-slept-here-128209448/

    Where you can find:
    “Driven by duty to present himself to the citizens of the shaky new union, he spent the night in so many inns and private houses that “George Washington Slept Here” became a real estate cliché, as well as the title of a clunky 1940 stage (and screen) comedy by Kaufman and Hart.”

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  3. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. I feel for him, covering all those miles. 🙂 🙂 Happy Monday, Andrew!

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  4. hahaha yeah and even more so after reading Don Quijote you find a lot of dreamers there when you drive around barren lands if you take your car lol!

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  5. That El Cid guy was everywhere. He is big in Valencia.

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  6. I like the dramatic clouds behind the castle, Andrew. If El Cid didn’t sleep there, he should have! –Curt

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  7. Perhaps he had super hero powers. That is a cape on his back right? 🙂

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  8. that statue not much of a likeness far as I can see, El Cid looked more like that Yankee actor Charltonsomething or other.

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