La Mancha isn’t just home to Don Quixote! Discover this amazing region during your holiday in Spain and take in the natural beauty of Tablas de Daimiel National Park and cultural wonders like the Plateresque Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in the town of Manzanares. Don’t forget to treat yourself to the spectacular staples of classic country cuisine.
Paradores’ luxury and historic hotels invites you to head down to Parador Manzanares, one of its most popular outposts in this delightful region, where you can take advantage of a special rate for accommodation and half board, enjoying the very best of La Mancha and its scrumptious gastronomy.
Experience La Mancha’s stark beauty from Parador Manzanares, a traditional Castilian estate located between three environmental wonders: Cabañeros Nature Reserve, Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve and Tablas de Daimiel National Park. This last site is particularly worth visiting as it is Spain’s last surviving stretch of fluvial flats, a unique ecosystem with all sorts of breathtaking native flora and fauna.
Parador Manzanares is also a great base from which to explore the town of Manzanares itself, a charming village dominated by the ancient Pilas Bonas castle, once a stronghold of the military Order of Calatrava, and full of the whitewashed buildings so traditional throughout La Mancha. Drop in on the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, with its intricate Plateresque façade, or check out the different picturesque hermitages, in honour of Saint Antón, Saint Blas and the Virgin of Peace, scattered throughout the village.
Further out, the nearby town of Campo de Criptana is also a sight to see. With spectacular windmills standing out on the horizon, you’ll no doubt feel like Don Quixote himself as you come across these man-made giants.
Once you’ve dispensed with the natural landmarks and cultural jewels, head back to Parador Manzanares for a meal that will take your La Mancha experience to the next level.
Amongst the classic Castilian staples offered by the Parador’s restaurant, guests can enjoy La Mancha-style ratatouille, gachas (flour porridge) and asadillo, a timeless combination of tomatoes, peppers and garlic. For a hearty meal, migas ruleras (fried breadcrumbs with various pork products) and galianos manchegos (game stew with flatbread) are also great choices.
Ready to discover La Mancha’s fabulous cuisine? Contact Parador Manzanares to take advantage of this offer today!