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.
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