The Commemoration

Welcome to the website of the 4th Centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes of Castilla-La Mancha.

La Mancha, four hundred years later, cannot be understood without the Knight of the Sad Countenance. Similarly, it is difficult to understand the figure of Cervantes without his life-changing stay in this region where he got married and developed a great part of his literary and social activity. He also was imprisoned here and discovered all the human, geographical and cultural elements he would include in the first great modern novel worldwide and of course, the most important literary character of the last four hundred years of universal literature.

Due to this, Castilla-La Mancha wanted to participate with its effort in the great national commemoration with a programme of events comprising more than 50 activities which can be consulted through this website. There will be great events, as great as the dreams and ideals of Miguel de Cervantes were, but also small-scale activities open to the participation of citizens from everywhere in some cases, and of course open to the neighbours and visitors of the different places connected to Cervantes. All this will take place across the geography of the authentic Homeland of Don Quixote.

The 4th Centenary has to fill with life and activities the main squares, stages, libraries and streets of Castilla-La Mancha. We invite you to discover the activities proposed by the board entitled to develop this great commemoration. And above all, we invite you to participate in it, attending the shows, taking part in them and discovering a region whose landscapes inspired the best part of Cervantes’ literary work. You will feel at home and you will understand the author and his characters much better.