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CASTILLA LA MANCHA


Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real) The region of La Mancha - the largest in Spain - covers an area of almost 80,000 kmsq. and comprises of a wide range of different landscapes. These include the undulating plain, with its windmills and other elements that bring to mind the adventures of Don Quixote, and the wild beauty of the areas of Alcaraz, Montes de Toledo, Guadalajara and Cuenca. The latter are the home of wild boar, bears, stags and deer, all of which live in perfect harmony in these privileged natural sites.

Monastery of Ucles (Cuenca) The great diversity of magnificent scenery and exceptional areas of natural beauty are enhanced by the Ruidera Lagoons, constituting a small 'inland sea', with a shore-line that stretched over 30 km.

In addition, there is the outstanding ecological National Park of Las Tablas de Daimiel, an important stopping-off place for migratory waterfowl and a paradise for those visitors who consider themselves true nature lovers. A large part of the Autonous Community of Castile-La Mancha is still fairly unknown, yet the five provinces that it takes in (Toledo, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Albacete) have helped enormously to create what has come to be known as the Spanish identity.

Windmill. Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real) Numerous castles and other important monuments can be found scattered throughout its geography, and go to show the region's immense historical heritage. This is characterised by the timeless personality of its scenery, its artistic beauty and the universal appeal of its literature.

The frank and hospitable nature of its people, the many traditions and folklore in general, the possibilities of good hunting and fishing, the pleasures of good eating and relaxation, in addition to the chance ofencountering some magnificent scenery, all help to make a journey through Castile-La Mancha and unforgettable experience that will fill one with the desire to return many a time again.



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