Quijote Route

In the wake of the Ingenious Nobleman, you must know the iconic scenes of La Mancha from the universal novel and from the life of Miguel de Cervantes.

Days 1 and 2
Sunday and Monday.
Castilla-La Mancha is a land of plains, a land of wandering knights and vassals and dreamy windmills. In search of the route of Don Quixote, Oropesa, a pleasant medieval town with monumental convents, churches and palaces, awaits us in the Toledo area. The Parador, already visible from the highway connecting Madrid and Extremadura, is the best example of the monumental and landscape richness of the area. The hotel is a place to relax with views to the Sierra de Gredos and pamper your body with the best Castilian cuisine, including extraordinary game dishes, roasted meats and hand-made cheeses. And sweeten your life with the famous marzipan from Toledo.
Day 3
Tuesday.
Heading northwest we reach Sigüenza, the city of Doncel, which surprises with its beauty. An astonishing urban setting with a medieval and walled scheme chaired by the impressive castle, in which the Parador is located. In this town you can find places of interest such as the Cathedral -which houses the Doncel's tomb, one of the main sculptures of Spanish late Gothic, the Plaza Mayor, the Casa del Doncel, the Façade of the Clarisas de Santiago, the Parish of San Vicente or the Parish of Santa María. There are squares and streets to discover, to know, to travel to a splendid past. It is a city to say goodbye in a special way to this route through La Mancha, through the lands of Don Quixote and Sancho. Within this municipal area, the salt mines of Imón are located. This town owes much of its past wealth to this settlement, as it was the one with the highest production in the Iberian Peninsula for many years. It is a set of high ethnographic interest that has been abandoned. By the way, you must taste the seguntino fine wine, which is a very refreshing local specialty based on soda, red vermouth and beer foam accompanied by one of its famous tapas.
Day 4
Wednesday.
The lands of Guadalajara are left behind to reach Cuenca, a town of magical beauty and unforgettable spots with its iconic hanging houses and its impressive verticality on the River Huécar. This town is really beautiful. Visit the popular Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of Santa María and the churches of San Julián and San Pedro, the convent of Las Descalzas and San Nicolás, among other monuments. 30 kilometres away, you will find a wonderful whim of nature: the Enchanted City, a natural place of limestone rock formations where the illusion of walking between streets, squares, tall buildings, groves, animals, Roman bridges and even boats occurs, all of them guarded by a huge giant's head. Beyond the historical heritage, contemporary art can be experienced throughout Cuenca. There are places of special interest, such as the Museum of Abstract Art, the Antonio Pérez Foundation or the Torner Space. And you cannot miss the city from a bird’s view, as it is one of the most astonishing places to fly over with a balloon. You can ask for some information at the Parador about this unforgettable experience.
Day 5
Thursday.
Let’s move to the south, where Albacete rises from a plain. The Parador awaits us in the largest city of Castilla-La Mancha; it resembles a typical farm from La Mancha, where you can play golf on a 9-hole Pitch&Putt course and a Putt Green. In this city, you must its interesting Municipal Archaeological Museum, the modernist Museum of Knives, with a very interesting exhibition on the Albacete noisemaker razor and other cutting objects around the world, or walk through the streets of a lively city with a wide cultural and leisure offer, where you can enjoy the little things in life, such as tapas. You must try tasty local dishes, such as the pisto manchego, Atascaburras or Ajo mataero. It is said that the best thing in Albacete, in addition to its mild steel, is its cuisine. Chinchilla de Montearagón is nearby. Here it is worth climbing the steep rambling road that leads to the castle in order to discover La Mancha and the infinite plain that has made it famous from the heights. Other visits of interest are Alcala del Júcar and the Alcaraz and Segura mountain range. Chinchilla de Montearagón is close to the Parador, where it is worth going up to the castle to discover La Mancha and the infinite plain that has made it famous from the heights. Other visits of interest are Alcala del Júcar and the Alcaraz and Segura mountain range.
Day 6
Friday.
The next stage, in the province of Ciudad Real, is Almagro, a white town that resembles a ship stranded in the middle of a sea of plains. This town, declared Site of Historic-Artistic Interest, oozes culture from all sides. You cannot miss the Corral de Comedias, the only theatre that has been fully preserved and active since the beginning of the 17th century and that hosts the International Festival of Classical Theatre. However, there are more places of interest, such as the Almacén de los Fucares, its beautiful Plaza Mayor, the National Theatre Museum or the numerous mansions and palaces that rise up in different parts of the town. It is amazing to enjoy the afternoons in the sun having a pleasant drink on the terraces of its squares. You must taste the Almagro aubergines or traditional specialties such as migas, gachas, duelos and quebrantos, or Manchego cheese. The Route of the Castles will take you to the fortresses of Calatrava la Nueva, Doña Berenguela, Salvatierra and Calatrava la Vieja. In the vicinity, you will find unique spots such as the Cabañeros, the Lagunas de Ruidera or Las Tablas de Daimiel national parks, which are oases in the middle of the La Mancha plain and a paradise for ornithology lovers.
Day 7
Saturday.
The end of the journey is Manzanares, a place for rest and relaxation after this intense route, although its location is ideal if you want to get to know La Mancha. Villages like Tomelloso, Daimiel, Argamasilla de Alba, Valdepeñas await you with all their charm just a few minutes away, as well as Campo de Criptana, where you can find the Land of Giants: the impressive windmills that inspired Cervantes. In a land of endless fields of vines, go for wine tourism and visit its wineries and taste Manchego wines. In the vicinity, you will also find unique spots such as the Cabañeros, the Lagunas de Ruidera or Las Tablas de Daimiel national parks, which are oases in the middle of the La Mancha plain and a paradise for ornithology lovers. Just 17 kilometres away, another recommended visit is the unique La Motilla del Azuer site, the most representative of the Bronze Age in La Mancha, with a fortified enclosure, made up of a series of concentric walls around a central square tower and where the oldest documented well on the Peninsula can be found.