Villamayor de Calatrava is a small village near Almagro whose main festivity, the Fiestas de Mayo, are of regional tourist interest.
Villamayor de Calatrava (located in the province of Ciudad Real, Spain), as virtually all municipalities in the Campo de Calatrava, doesn't appear in the papers until the 13th century, after the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) between Christians and Muslims. Having succeeded the Christians, the frontier was readjusted towards south and the Sierra Morena, liberating thus these lands from possible Muslim incursions.
There are, however, remains that prove settlements in former times like a tomb of the Bronze Age and three Visigothic tombs, whose remains are now exhibited in the Provincial Museum of Ciudad Real. The first written document about Villamayor de Calatrava dates from 1303.
By the late 19th and early 20th century Villamayor had a great industrial activity winning lead and silver in the Mines of San Quentin and basalt in the quarry of the El Morrón volcano.
Nowadays Villamayor de Calatrava is a small and residential village known for its beautiful landscape and numerous celebrations, such as its Fiesta de Mayo (of regional tourist interest), its cultural week, the September festivity and the so-called "Sunday of the Rosary" (domingo del rosario) in honour of the patron saint Virgin of the Rosary.
Have a stroll through the village and/or a walk in the surrounding nature, watch birds, ride a quad and enjoy the delicious local gastronomy.
Visit the village during its Fiestas de Mayo, celebrated from 30 April to 2 May, declared a festivity of regional tourist interest.