Ciudad Real Information
Situated in Campo de Calatrava, landscape dominated by many hills, Ciudad Real offers a modern layout that has been able to maintain all the flavour of La Mancha. Better communicated thanks to the Madrid-Seville high speed train, this city offers us exceptional cuisine centred on game, cheese and wine. In addition, the Cabañeros and Las Tables de Daimler natural parks tell us of its rich ecosystems.
“Don Quijote de la Mancha” From Ciudad Real, we have many possibilities for getting to know this province, immortalised in Cervantes' work “Don Quijote de La Mancha”. In the county of Campo de Calatrava is Almagro, well known for its Open Air Theatre (National Monument) and its International Classical Theatre Festival. As well as other interesting buildings, its National Theatre Museum and Parador de Turismo are worth a visit.
This 16th century former convent brings us a little closer to La Mancha's history and art, as well as its cuisine. It is a wonderful place for doing justice to a cuisine with rural and pastoral origins. La Mancha cheeses and Almagro aubergines, both with their own Denomination of Origin, serve as an aperitif for game dishes like rabbit with garlic, hare with rice, stewed partridge and so on. "Gachas" (made with flour), "migas" (breadcrumbs accompanied by pork products) and "tiznao" (cod with peppers, onions and garlic) are some suggestions. And, for dessert, "pestiños" (sweetened mixture of fried flour) or "mostillo" (sweet made from grape must), among many other recipes.
Campo de Calatrava also offers us castles, palaces and places of great historical-artistic importance like El Viso del Marqués, Almuradiel or Calzada de Calatrava. Meanwhile, in the county of Campo de Montiel, you will discover the medieval remains of Montiel, the Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park and places like Villanueva de los Infantes and Villamanrique.
This province's rich natural landscape
is made clear in two national parks: Cabañeros and Las
Tablas de Daimiel. Mediterranean woodland accompanies by meadows
and wetland on the La Mancha plain form the main features of these
Ciudad Real guide