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La Mancha isn't Spain's only region with historic windmills - and here are several which can be visited

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Lanzarote Windmills

Gone with the wind

Besides sun and sea, another great natural resource of Lanzarote is wind, and therefore it's no surprise that the windmill has become a symbol of the island. But these differ from Spain's most famous windmills, the whitewashed icons of La Mancha, in that they have three and not two storeys, as well as masonry construction with conical wood-and-tile roofs. Very few are still in operation, but one of them can be found in San Bartolomé; it's been used since 1870 for grinding traditional gofio (a particular kind of local flour). Another typical historic windmill is located in Tiagua; this one is also home to the El Patio Agricultural Museum, which explains the island's farming culture and tradition and includes an exquisite tasting of local wine and goat cheese.



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