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Ciudad Real
Province: Ciudad Real / Autonomous Region: Castile-La Mancha
Tourist Office: Plaza Mayor, 1 (Bajos del Ayuntamiento) - 13001 Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926216486 Fax +34 926216640
During the Middle Ages, four kilometres of walls and one hundred and thirty towers protected a population made up of Christians, Moors and Jews. After the unification of the peninsular kingdoms under the Catholic Monarchs, Ciudad Real became the capital of the province of La Mancha in the 17th century. This fact favoured its economic development which was poured into important buildings.
A good example of La Mancha Mudejar architecture (14th C.) is the Puerta de Toledo, one of the eight gates which opened in the city's walled area. Its pointed horseshoe arches are flanked by two square towers.

Alfonso X (the Wise)The unusual Gothic style in this city is shown in an artistic site planned by the founder of this city, Alfonso X (the Wise), and formed by three churches. Among them, the church of Santiago, the oldest of those preserved, is outstanding. Its origin is Gothic, but it was later enriched with a Mudejar roof and Baroque arches. Its mural paintings, one of which represents a seven-headed apocalyptic dragon, deserve attention.

The Cathedral of Santa María del Prod is another good example of the combination of styles, the consequence of a long construction process. Its earliest elements correspond to the 13th century, while the latest date from the 19th century Inside, the Baroque reredos and choir stalls are outstanding.

The third of these churches is that of San Pedro, a Gothic church from the end of the 14th century whose profile seems like a fortress. Its three doorways have decoration formed by archivolts, rosettes and decorated capitals. The architecture of this period uses Christian and Muslim elements indiscriminately, alternating Gothic pointed arches with Mudejar horseshoe ones, leading to a very unusual fusion of styles.

The area around the Plaza Mayor is a good area for tasting the wine with the La Mancha and Valdepeñas denominations of origin, which is good accompanied by some portions of the cheese from the region. Near the square we can get to know the typical elements of a large aristocratic La Mancha house. The Casa de Hernán López del Pulgar shows us, inside, a courtyard with columns and a Renaissance staircase.

The rest of modern Ciudad Real dates from the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, in which the Medrano Palace – the University Rectorate - the former Casino – now headquarters of the Musical Conservatory - and the Palace of the Provincial Government are outstanding. Meanwhile, the range of museums in Ciudad Real is centred on the Provincial Museum's archaeological treasures – the entrance door of the old synagogue is preserved here - and the Diocesan Museum.

“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 protected areas.

Parque Nacional de las Tablas de Daimiel
Useful information
Apdo.  Correos, 3 13250 Tel. +34 926693118 /Fax 926693118
Bird paradise
The Park forms an exceptional and unique ecosystem, called wetlands, formed by the overflows of the rivers in their middle sections, that cause great pools. it great ecological worth is the bird life that uses this area in winter and for nesting, thereby creating a whole area of water birds.
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Things to do in Ciudad Real

Visit the Museo Elisa Cendrero - Elisa Cendrero Museum

Contact Address:
Calle  Toledo, 11 13001  
Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926227462 

 Contact Address:
Calle Toledo, 11 13001 Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926227462

The heritage of the Cendrero family
This museum is located in the same building as the Municipal Historical Museum-Archive...Read More

Museo Diocesano - Diocesan Museum

Contact Address:
Calle  Caballeros, 7 13001  
Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926250250  / Fax +34 926251258 

Religious art
The exhibition is in the old Episcopal Palace, and displays an important selection of the artistic-historic heritage of the diocese... Read More

Museo Provincial de Ciudad Real - Ciudad Real

 Provincial Museum
Contact Address:
Calle Prado, 4 13001 Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926226896 Tel. +34 926226541 / Fax +34 926255304
Archaeology and painting
This museum is located in Hernán Pérez del Pulgar House, a stately 15th-century residence.
It has an extensive, important archaeological collection, which includes Iberian remains from the Alarcos hill site, Roman mosaics from Alcázar de San Juan and the door from the old Ciudad Real synagogue.
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Museo del Quijote - Don Quixote Museum

Contact Address:
Ronda  de Alarcos, s/n 13002  
Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926200457 
The universal Don Quixote
This museum combines art and multimedia exhibits in tribute to the immortal character created by Miguel de Cervantes.
The different exhibitions in the centre are dedicated to Cervantes' famous novel, Don Quixote. Here you can see a montage in which 10 characters from the novel have a conversation.
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Parque Nacional de Cabañeros
 Useful information

Tel. +34 9267832.97 /Fax +34 926783297

Iberian meadow fauna
Cabañeros National Park is noted for its rich fauna, that includes a considerable number of endemic species.

The lush pastures, mountain ranges and massifs covered in forests and Mediterranean scrub, make this landscape particularly beautiful. It is also the habitat of very important fauna, mainly consisting of birds (black vulture, Iberian eagle, golden eagle). Cabañeros is also a land of large mammals (45 species). It is easy to spot the red deer, wild boar or roe deer.
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