Menasalbas

Menasalbas is repopulated by Mozarabic Toledo occupied the area at first then together with Castile and Leon. The population is mentioned in several documents of the XII and XIII century and since all these centuries this territory belong to the Lordship of Montalban.

The largest uninhabited area of Jumela is located in the north of the municipality of Menasalbas and has its origin in the twelfth century and mentioned as a village. In times of Cardinal Lorenzana in the late eighteenth there was an attempt to repopulate the place to try to build a new town on the highest point of the term. However this project fails and people are leaving again early nineteenth century.

In the sixteenth century the jurisdictional roll coinciding with the awarding in 1565 of the title of town was also raised. In 1966 it is awarded to Juan Francisco Pacheco, the title of Marquis of Menasalbas.

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  • Town Hall:
    • Tlfn.: 925 407 006 / 925 407 070
  • Office of tourism:
    • Tlfn.: 925 407 031
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  • "San Antón" (17 January)
  • "Fiesta de la Encamisada" (Traditional Festival, 29 and 30 January)
  • "La Candelaria" (Feast of The Navillas, February 2)
  • "Romería de San Blas" (3 February)
  • "Santísimo Cristo de la Cruz a Cuestas" (Employer holiday from September 31 to September 6)
  • "Virgen de la Salud" (Employer holiday, on September 8)
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Further south of Menasalbas municipo in its mountainous area is the hamlet of Navillas, nestled in the heart of what Sontes, where flavor and tranquility of the peoples of earlier converva yet. It is currently occupied by approximately 90 inhabitants. In this place, tourists can enjoy a wonderful view capable of the most demanding encadilar retinas.

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Church of St. Mary Magdalene

This colossal church has three naves dates from the early sixteenth century, when it was built to replace a much more modest temple. Work on the church began in the early sixteenth century under the direction of architect Juan de Aguirre and ended in 1580. The uniqueness of this construction is that it has no tower since it was demolished during the shelling to which he was subjected in the contests Chartists of the 1830s and partially destroyed the building. Its main altar is chaired by the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Magi, from the former parish of Santa Maria de los Reyes Caudilla depopulated.

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Church of Santa María Magdalena

Carros

This is one of the areas of archaeological Menasalbas prevention. It consists of a set of two fields abundant ceramic material modern times west of the city center.
Ermita de San Sebastian

The patron saint of the town, San Sebastián, has in the suburbs with a simple chapel of a single rectangular nave and wooden deck, which keeps the image of the Holy Sepulchre. Its construction, which probably dates from the late eighteenth century, has undergone various vicissitudes over the centuries and now only retains the transept of what initially was a Latin cross. The patron saint of epidemics has been the most revered in the city since time immemorial.

Tower Bridge

It has four eyes rectangular board romboidiales rests on four pillars of granite blocks with slight curvature at the top built with large slabs of granite in one piece. The paved entrance and exit of the bridge is still preserved.
tombs

Near the swamp Torcón amid the Royal Gorge, it is a necropolis of about thirty anthropomorphic tombs carved into the granite rock, which are very accessible and easy to visit. Tourists may also visit the necropolis of Malamoneda or Peña Aguilera, which could be related to the first settlers of the twelfth century. Jumela On the way, we can find other tombs, tombs called Moro. As the above they are carved directly on a granite outcrop.

Jumela

The medieval depopulated Jumela, whose origins date back to the twelfth century, is one of the oldest towns in the region, which had finally deserted in the early nineteenth century. It had more than 500 inhabitants in the time of Philip II, there is now more than the image of his temple or church ruins, which draws attention to the tower with its skylights shaped loopholes, which gives it a look of strength and the four walls of the nave, which was attached the priest's house. Very near here both Chalcolithic sites of the Iron Age, Roman, late Roman and medieval and modern are located.

Ethnological Museum of Menasalbas

The museum was created in 1990 with input from neighbors. It offers a large collection of tools, objects and tools, commonly used in pre-industrial agrarian society of the town to allow a visual tour of each of the facets of traditional rural life: grazing, agriculture, social life, home, commerce and crafts, evoking lifestyles and habits not very distant in time.

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Marshes

The term of Menasalbas is watered by the stream of Villapalos and Torcón River, a tributary of the Tagus, which rises in the north slopes of the Montes de Toledo and maintains a watercourse dams in the swamps of Torcón I, and supplies drinking water excellent quality to the city of Toledo, and Torcón II that caters to the people of the commonwealth that bears his name, in a setting of incomparable beauty in which the primitive oak remains in the granite lanchar between a thicket of Mt. Low rockrose, broom, rosemary, thyme and Aleppo. Very near the town you can visit the Torcón Reservoir, where you can go fishing.
Route watermills

This route starts on the road to San Pablo Menasalbas in its km 5. In the area known as Tower Bridge. Runs through the branch of the royal gorge that reaches Sales with Peña Aguilera along the banks of Villapalos stream. Among lush vegetation of oak and ash we can contemplate the two water mills that not many decades ago were still in operation. Following másgenes swamp on its southern side Torcón got to the river, to continue upstream, perfectly integrated into the landscape, and admire other mills, true examples of popular architecture.

Royal Gorge Route Arroyo Manches to the line of summits

From the hamlet of Navillas, where we can have breakfast, we begin the ascent to the port of the Marches, between ash and rebollos through the Royal Gorge to, once on top, surround the peak and return to Navillas to enjoy a refreshing lunch.
cycling routes

The Cycling Club Indianas-City of Menasalbas, currently formed by a group of more than 200 cyclists, carries departures every weekend for the Montes de Toledo from 1997.L

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