Camino Levante Days 13-14 El Toboso to Tembleque.

Camino de Santiago de Levante From Valencia. 
 
Day 13 El Toboso to La Villa de Don Fadrique:
 
 
Still in Don Quixote country. The monotony of the terrain is balanced with the interesting villages and towns in La Mancha. Wonderful stay in La Villa de Don Fadrique where our host Juan Alcañiz Ruiz of El Rincon del Infante was exceptionally friendly and hospitable toward 2 pilgrims. Food and drink upon arrival. He said the restaurant was too far to walk in the hot afternoon sun and insisted on driving us. We told him we would walk back but found him waiting for us after a wonderful Meñu del Dia (3 course working man’s lunch with bottle of wine) at Restaurante La Mancha. Later Juan gave us small yellow arrows(a sign of the Camino) and gave us all kinds of tips and info for next few days. And insisted on washing our clothes. This is not an albergue but on The Camino, kindness can present itself anywhere and this is one of those spots. 27K €50 for 2 at Juan’s and well worth it.
 
With our new friend and Hospitalero extraordinaire, Juan of El Rincon del Infante
 
Day 14 La Villa de Don Fadrique to Tembleque.
 
 
It is getting intensely hot and Juan insisted on driving us to the next town to shorten what would have been a long day. After less than 24 hours we found it difficult to leave Juan. But after all we are pilgrims so we continue on. And saying goodbye to Juan he handed us a couple of huge bocadillos wrapped up for today’s lunch.  
 
Church of Our Lady of Ascension in La Villa de Don Fadrique
 
The sun is relentless as the temperatures soar to 40/104F and we trudged into town. Tembleque is quite nice with a beautiful church and arched walkways reminiscent of Italy. We sat in the quiet plaza enjoying cold drinks and the pleasant shaded patio. Shifting our seating spots to be sure to be in the shade. 
 
Main Plaza of Tembleque
 
A pleasant place to hang out for the afternoon. 20K
 
1st of 4 course menu del dia at Restaurante Don Quixote

 

lamb chopts

 

La Mancha wines are excellent
Coming into Tembleque and the church of Our Lady of the Assumption

 

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