What To Explore in Castilla La Mancha
A great holiday is something that everybody deserves to have every once in a while in order to break away from the monotony of everyday life. Instead of going to the usual holiday destinations, why not choose a quirky and not-so-conventional destination for your next holiday? Castilla-La Mancha is one such place, although it is possibly the least appreciated region in Spain, it makes for a beautiful holiday destination. The autonomous community of Spain, located in the middle of Northern Spain and Andalucia is a natural buffer that is the epitome of diversity as it covers beautiful plains, fields, hills, canyons and fairytale castles!
If you want to experience the real Spain then you should visit Castilla-La Mancha straightaway. What makes this place unique and so appealing is the fact that it is not touched by commercialism yet. Therefore, if you are one of those holidaymakers who prefer a less crowded and unusual spot for a holiday then you will fall in love with Castilla-La Mancha. You will never feel bored when you are in Castilla-La Mancha because there is so much to see and do here.
Towards the north of this place is Campillo de Ranas, this is a picturesque village that is popular for its gay Socialist mayor who promotes the village as a destination for same-sex marriages and non-religious weddings. Marriages aside, this village is a beautiful place to explore. Foodies visiting this region should try out its typical dish which is Migas Manchegas. If you are a fan of old traditional Spain then be sure to travel to the capital city Toledo when you are in Castilla-La Mancha. This city is full of ancient city walls, splendid Moorish mosques, winding streets, majestic medieval buildings and so on. The home of the famous painter El Greco in Toleco has been transformed into an interesting museum housing different works of art and artefacts.
Castilla-La Mancha is famous for its castles therefore you should check some of these out before you leave the place. If you wish to see the best castles then you can go to Esquivias, it has some of the best Sixteenth century houses and castles, some of these even date back to the Moorish times! Since Castilla-La Mancha is famous for its wines and vineyards apart from its castles, therefore visiting vineyards should also be included as an activity in your to-do list! Castilla-La Mancha is home to the biggest vineyard in the world! You will also find that Manchego is produced in bulk here; considered to be the best cheese in Spain, Manchego is made from the Manchega breed sheep and it has a very rich and creamy melt-in-the-mouth texture.
Cuenca is also one of the most enchanting cities here in Castilla-La Mancha. This city is incredibly beautiful and it earned the title of ‘Patrimony of Humanity’ from UNESCO. Cuenca is most popular for its Museum of Abstract Art and ‘Hanging Houses’, which is a Gothic cathedral. There is also an amazing natural preserve nearby called ‘Ciudad Encantada’ or the ‘enchanted city’ here which is worth paying a visit to!