El Toboso

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El Toboso
El Toboso.svg
El Toboso is located in Spain
El Toboso
El Toboso
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 39°31′5″N 2°59′53″W / 39.51806°N 2.99806°W / 39.51806; -2.99806
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Castile-La Mancha
Province Toledo
Comarca Mancha Alta de Toledo
Municipality El Toboso
Judicial district Quintanar de la Orden
 • Mayor Marciano Ortega Molina (2007)
 • Total 144.19 km2 (55.67 sq mi)
Elevation 635 m (2,083 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,219
 • Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Tobeseños, Tobosinos, Tobosescos
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 45820
Website Official website

El Toboso is a town and municipality located in the Mancha Alta de Toledo comarca, province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, central Spain. According to the 2009 data, El Toboso has a total population of 2,219 inhabitants. The economy of the town is based on wine production and cattle, and sheep.

El Toboso is famous for appearing in the novel Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, as the town in which the fictional character Dulcinea lives. The town also appears in Graham Greene's tribute Monsignor Quixote, where the heroes are a priest (supposedly a descendant of Cervantes's character), and the recently deposed Communist mayor of the town in the post-Franco era.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Catholic church of San Antonio Abad, built in the 15th century.
  • The convent of Trinitarias Recoletas, from the 17th century.
  • The Cervantine Museum.
  • The Museum of Dulcinea
  • The lake of La Nava.
View of El Toboso town in 1823 by Edward Hawke Locker
Monument to Don Quixote and Dulcinea.