This Autonomous Region is known globally thanks to the adventures of Don Quixote, the wonderful character created by Miguel de Cervantes and who, according to the first sentence of his famous novel, lived “in a town in La Mancha”.
The Route of Don Quixote was created around this figure, the longest tourist route in Europe, which runs through the main natural and cultural sites of Castilla – La Mancha.
One of the most visited is its capital, Toledo, with its imposing Alcázar fortification and cathedral, and the town Cuenca, with its wonderful Hanging Houses. Both cities have been made World Heritage Sites, as well as Almadén and its famous cinnabar mines which have been exploited since the Roman Empire and has provided a third of all mercury used by humanity.
In this region, dotted with castles and windmills, is the Enchanted City of Cuenca, a natural karstic area with capricious formations formed by erosion and which is undoubtedly one of the most breath-taking landscapes in Spain.
There are also several film routes in Castilla – La Mancha, as it should be in the land that saw the birth of the renowned filmmaker, Pedro Almodóvar, and the actress, Sara Montiel.
For nature lovers, the Cabañeros and Tablas de Daimiel National Parks are more than enough reason to visit this region.
Finally, taking a bath in the thermal springs of one of its many spas is a desirable way to end the day after a delicious dinner, washed down with some delicious wines… For good reason Castilla – La Mancha is known as “the biggest vineyard in the world”.