Uncategorized | July 21, 2005

How do you celebrate a 400-year anniversary? It is certainly not the paper anniversary, or the silver. But 40 million euros will do the trick. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ Don Quixote of La Mancha, the government of Castilla-La Mancha in southern Spain is spending 40 million euros ($48.2 million) on a tourist route that follows the knight-errant’s adventures. It is an area with scant population and has yet failed to be a tourist hot-spot. The money is being spent to vamp up the sights. Trails for hikers, bikers and Rocinante riders will cover about 1,500 miles. Passing through 146 cities, the trails will take tourists to the birthplace of Quixote’s love, Dulcinea. And of course, what Don Quixote enthusiast could live without seeing the windmills at Campo de Criptana?

Windmills? Check. Sancho Panza? Check. The Man of La Mancha Musical? Hopefully that will be left off of the tour.