After you have made yourself at home and feel suitably relaxed, one of the first ports of call should be a stroll around the Villanueva de los Castillejos.
Located in the centre is the old City Hall, which was used until 1991. It is incredible to think that this building survived the earthquake in Lisbon, as its construction of two floors dates back to the seventeenth century.
Right next to the indestructible building is the Parochial Church of the Immaculate Conception (CXVIII and XX). The first Romanesque church did not withstand the force of the earthquake, so it’s possible to see various architectural aspects as they reconstructed the ruins. Inside, the Immaculate Conception of Mary presides over the golden altarpiece of the main altar, and on the other side we can see the image of San Matias Apóstol, patron saint and mayor of Castillejos. On the weekend closest to February 24, local people celebrate him with acts of kindness and giving.
Other monuments and places of interest in the village include the House of Women; the Dance of the Cirochos monument, the Zahurdón windmill; the Corral de Concejo and the Roman pillar of the Majadilla.
If you want to spend the whole day in the countryside, then the Sierra Abuela is a fantastic destination, and even has an allotted space for barbecues and picnics. It can be accessed on foot or by bike via the old swamp.