With impressive landscapes that include winding gorges and canyons, ancient castles looking down from peaks and plateaus, and the rolling greenery of olive groves, Castilla-la Mancha makes for an ideal holiday if you want to experience a truly unique Spanish vacation.
Some of the key attractions in Castilla-la Mancha include:
-Toledo: The spiritual center of Spain, Toledo is home to unique open-air museums, striking cathedrals, and beautifully preserved examples of Spanish medieval architecture.
-Cuenca: Perched high above a deep, winding gorge, Cuenca is one of the most scenic towns in Castilla-la Mancha and makes for an excellent day trip. You can easily explore its charming neighborhoods on foot to enjoy the best views and scenery.
-Almagro: Drawing visitors for its one-of-a-kind main square, Almagro is a central Spanish town of underappreciated beauty and charm.
-The Quixote pilgrim trail: Castilla-la Mancha is the setting of the famous novel Don Quixote, which celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2005. To commemorate the event, a 150-mile-long trail was built where fans of the novel can retrace the steps of their fictional hero.
-Siguenza: This picturesque city contains more fabulous examples of medieval architecture, and the hilltop castle that overlooks the town rewards those who make the journey with incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
Add an extra touch of authenticity to your Castilla-la Mancha holiday by staying in a vacation rental. Spacious, private, and fully-furnished with all the comforts of home, vacation rentals are available throughout the region, whether you want to stay in a small Spanish village, in the countryside, or in one of Castilla-la Mancha's main cities.
If you have some extra time to explore the surrounding area, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona can all be reached by train within a few hours.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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