Ricote is a Spanish municipality in the autonomous community of Murcia. It has a population of 1,509 (2004) and an area of 87.7 km² .
Ricote had a community of Moriscos (crypto-Muslims) until the 1609 Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain. Scholars Govert Westerveld  and Prof. Francisco Márquez Villanueva of the Harvard University believe that the name of the Morisco character Ricote in Don Quixote is derived from the village.
This article contains information from the Spanish Wikipedia article Ricote, accessed on January 10, 2008.