“Feel like a local” in the surroundings of Olmedo
There's nothing like visiting a new place and feeling right at home.
For this reason, we recommend a series of itineraries that you have to discover if you visit the Castilla Thermal Spa in Olmedo, so that you feel like one of the locals.
Are you ready?
The first thing you need to do is go for a stroll around the old town of Olmedo, known as the "Town of the seven sevens" and discover its charming nooks and crannies: its seven churches and seven convents, seven squares and seven fountains, seven gates under its seven arches, seven royal mansions and seven towns within its alfoz.
If you have enough energy, you mustn't miss a the unique walk through its pine woods, following the course of the River Eresma as you gather pine nuts. It really is an experience: "peeling" the pine nuts you have collected with a stone to recover your strength and savour an authentic product of the soil.
*Pine Groves in Olmedo.
What's more, if you come to the nearby town of Medina del Campo you must visit the Royal Butcheries (las Reales Carnicerías) also known as the Mercado de Abastos, where you can feel the sense of history in the air and the tradition of the markets of yesteryear.
To continue to immerse yourself in the historical atmosphere that is characteristic of Medina del Campo, you have to go up to "La Mota" to walk through its pine groves, enjoy its spectacular castle and take in the views from the highest vantage point of the locality.
If you are into castles, you can't beat the Iscar Castle, an extraordinary witness to the passage of time since the 12th century.
*Castle - Íscar.
The location is outstanding not only for its pine groves, but also for its many vineyards and wineries, so you can't leave without enjoying a day in the D.O. (Designation of Origin) Rueda and discover its wines.
If there is one thing you have to get to know, its the region's exquisite traditional gastronomy: you cannot leave without shopping for the authentic pine nuts of the ierra de Pinares in a local shop in Pedrajas de San Esteban. In addition, try typical sweets such as 'cazuelitas' and 'mudejaritos' from the Frías Patisserie in Olmedo. In the mornings, you can enjoy a typical breakfast, with churros or the Empiñonado roll that you can buy at "La Gallega" in Pedrajas de San Esteban. At lunchtime, try a traditional dish of the Old Town: Bacalao (Cod) a la Olmedana in our restaurant El Hontanar.
*Bacalao a la Olmedana at our restaurant El Hontanar.
If you are lucky enough to be spending the whole weekend here, you mustn't miss...
A visit to the popular open-air arts and crafts market: in Olmedo on Saturdays and in Medina del Campo on Sundays with the popular market known as "los baratillos" followed by an exquisite vermouth with a rich tapa from one of the bars in the Plaza Mayor and the centre in both towns.
In addition, depending on the time of year when you visit the Castilla Termal Spa in Olmedo, you will be able to enjoy the traditional celebrations and festivals, in which the out-of-towners contribute all of their effort and enthusiasm, such as: Easter Week and its different processions, patron saint festivities for the Virgen de la Soterraña or those of San Miguel and San Jerónimo, spring pilgrimages in April, picnics (a popular festival where local people share an aperitif in the pine groves in the open air on Easter Monday), grape harvest festivals, Classic Olmedo, Circolmedo, the popular representation of the Caballero de Olmedo, medieval markets and historical recreations of the area...