Almonacid de Toledo is very close to the city of Toledo, just 21 kilometers away from the capital city you enter the town along the Highway of the Vineyard (CM-42).
The town is located along the river Guazalete, bordering the municipalities of Toledo, Aranjuez, Yepes, Villasequilla, Mascaraque, Villaminaya and Nambroca, all belonging to the province of Toledo except Aranjuez. This fitted in the Ruta de los Castillos and Don Quixote, and is bound to get from the capital of the province, to some typical Cervantes populations like Consuegra, El Toboso, Mota del Cuervo step.
In the War of Independence, the village was famous for the battle that bears his name, The Battle of Almonacid, in which Marshal Sebastiani, reinforced by the arrival of the king Jose Bonaparte, won the Spanish troops withdrew towards the Guadiana . They perished in battle 4,000 Spaniards and 2,000 French. Almonacid name appears at the Arc de Triomphe in memory of this French victory.
The main monument and which identifies the town is the Castle of Almonacid. It is located high on a hill visible from tens of kilometers, its strategic position allowed him to watch the old road to La Mancha.
The first documents that refer to this castle are of Muslim origin, and date back to the year 848. It was later donated by Alfonso VI to the Cathedral of Toledo, being renovated in the XIV century by order of Archbishop Pedro Tenorio. At this time it was used as a prison for Don Alfonso, Count of Gijon and Norena. Already in the eighteenth century passed into the hands of the Counts of Mora, and in 1809 took place in his last fight in the so-called Battle of Almonacid.
Another monument of interest is the Parish Church of San Antonio Abad, edifcio the XVI century, has a nave divided into four sections in turn separated by pilasters with Ionic capitals and covered with a barrel vault.
Within the town itself there is a Visigoth enclave with numerous bas-reliefs in the Old Cemetery.
Taking a road west of town, we arrived at the Shrine of Our Lady of Oliva. The sixteenth century Temple was built in honor of the patron saint of the town; structure of a Latin cross is made up of three separate five arches on pillars ships. Besides its architectural features include the natural setting in which it is located, surrounded by an extensive superfcie of olive trees.
The importance of olive growing in the Montes de Toledo also stands out in this town, where tourists can sample an excellent oil made from the variety of olive cornicabra. It is also of great importance in the village artisan sheep cheese making, product with designation of origin itself has a great reputation in the region.