Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real

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Villanueva de los Infantes
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Coat of arms of Villanueva de los Infantes
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Villanueva de los Infantes is located in Spain
Villanueva de los Infantes
Villanueva de los Infantes
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°44′3″N 3°1′0″W / 38.73417°N 3.01667°W / 38.73417; -3.01667
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityCastile-La Mancha
ProvinceCiudad Real
ComarcaCampo de Montiel
CommonwealthManserja
Government
 • MayorAntonio Ruiz Lucas
Area
 • Total135.06 km2 (52.15 sq mi)
Elevation
880 m (2,890 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total5,030
 • Density37/km2 (96/sq mi)
Demonym(s)infanteño (m), infanteña (f)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
13320

Villanueva de los Infantes is a municipality in the province of Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It has a population of 5727 people.

It is the capital of the comarca (region) Campo de Montiel. It has been designated by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as "El Lugar de La Mancha" (The Place in La Mancha) mentioned at the start of Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. It is also known as the place where Francisco de Quevedo died; his remains were found in 2007 in the church of San Andrés Apostol (St. Andrew's Church). It is possible to visit the room in the convent where Quevedo spent his final days. The convent is now the church of Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic) and this room is situated inside it.

It is also the town where Thomas of Villanova grew up.

The economy is based on tourism, wine and olives.

The town should not be confused with another Villanueva de los Infantes, in the province of Valladolid, which is part of the Castile and León autonomous community.

The patron saint of Villanueva de Los Infantes is Our Lady the Virgin of La Antigua, a 13th century carving known in the Middle Ages as Santa María de Jamila. It was crowned canonically on the last Saturday of May 2000, by the Prior Bishop of Ciudad Real, Rafael Torija de la Fuente. His party is celebrated on September 8, coinciding with the Nativity of Our Lady. The patron saint is Santo Tomás de Villanueva, whose feast is celebrated on September 18, with pontifical privilege (the feast of Santo Tomás de Villanueva is celebrated on October 10).

Villanueva de los Infantes is member of the cultural programme Ruta Ñ to promote the Spanish language and culture. Photo: Students of Spanish in the "Casa de los Estudios" (Villanueva de los Infantes).
Main center (Plaza Mayor) of Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real, Spain


  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.