We continue to follow the steps of our Nobel Prize for Spanish Literature, Camilo José Cela, in his famous Trip to the Alcarria.
After passing through the villages of Torija, Masegoso de Tajuña and Cifuentes, the sunset surprised us arriving at Trillo, where we would sleep at the Carlos III Spa Hotel ... But there was still a time to sleep.
Upon arriving in Trillo, Cela wrote the following:
“Upon reaching Trillo the landscape is even more feraz. The vegetation grows to the support of the water, and the trees rise, airy ... ”
And it is that in Trillo nature shines under the protection of two rivers, the Tagus and the Cifuentes. Only a couple of hours before we had been very close to the tributary of the Tagus, which is born under the shadow of the castle of Cifuentes. Its waters flow wildly along the 13 km that separate both locations, to reach completely wild to the center of Trillo.
Few towns or cities in Spain can offer you the possibility of walking on the edge of waterfalls, while touring the streets of its historic center.
Its natural beauty eclipses the heritage, but it also has a place in Trillo. In the town there is a Renaissance church (16th century) and the ruins of the monastery of Santa María de Óvila, but the oldest building is that of the Casa de los Molinos, mentioned for the first time in documents from the 13th century.
The most emblematic monument of Trillo is its bridge over the Tagus. It was presumably built in the 16th century (it might have been earlier) and was flown during the War of Independence, as an inscription on it recalls. After its reconstruction, they tried to destroy it, without success, in the Civil War.
We toured all these places accompanied by a very special girl. Niba was a time traveler who had known the ancient Trillo. Dressed in a suit and a camera of the early twentieth century, he proceeded to explain the details of the town.
After seeing how Niba said goodbye to us (you can follow her on Facebook, which already existed in her time) and entered her time machine again, we headed to the hotel. The spa of Carlos III is another tourist attraction of Trillo.
The thermal water properties - located in a valley that runs along the left bank of the Tagus two kilometers upstream of the town - were already known to the ancient Romans. The Spa was inaugurated in 1778 and the bust of Carlos III today presides over the entrance to it.
We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and laughed like children with the night show of the magician David Navales, a real crack with which I had a great time.
It had been an intense day following part of the route of Camilo José Cela through the Alcarria, “a beautiful country that people don't want to go to“, As he defined it.
Monsalud Monastery (Córcoles)
Here slept Cela
The next morning we headed to the monastery of Santa María de Monsalud, an old Cistercian monastery located in Córcoles.
A nice monk accompanied us on the theatrical visit that helped us to know what life was like there during medieval times. In addition, he showed us the stone house, located next to an old church, where Don Camilo took a holy nap and pajamas during his journey through the Alcarria.
That monk told us about political problems (the Cistercians were French), religious customs, agrarian issues and even witches. A very entertaining morning that we would continue in the next town ...
Zorita de los Canes