The province of Ciudad Real is home to countless treasures. Some of them are discovered in its capital, but most of us can enjoy them in the form of wonderful villages or natural spaces of great value. Next, we discover some of those places that are pure magic and that you can not miss. Do you dare to know what they are?
The old town of Ciudad RealCiudad Real Cathedral - Zarateman / Wikimedia Commons
Walking through the old part of Ciudad Real you can see some of its most important monuments. Stresses the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Prado. It is a temple of late Gothic style, although it also has Renaissance or late Romanesque elements, such as the cover of Forgiveness.
In Ciudad Real we must also visit the church of San Pedro, Gothic style and built in the sixth century. And, continuing with the visit, you have to reach the Plaza Mayor, which houses the Casa del Arco. Something further away, but just as important, is the door of Toledo, the only remaining remnant of the Real Alcazar of the city.
Almagro and its theatrical importanceMain Square of Almagro
If the municipality of Almagro is known for something, it is for its historical-artistic ensemble. Why and why every year it hosts the Almagro Classical Theater Festival, dedicated to the theatrical legacy of the Spanish Baroque and, especially, to the Golden Age.
The scenarios in which this important event takes place are numerous. Special mention deserves the Corral de Comedias. It is located in the Plaza Mayor and is a National Monument since 1955.
During the visit you can see that maintains the original structure of the 17th-century comedy pens. In addition, it can boast of being the only one of its kind in Spain that is preserved in its entirety.
And we must not forget the Plaza Mayor de Almagro. Irregular rectangular plan, also stands out for its architecture. One of its major sides opens towards the Master Palace, but it also houses the town hall or the old church of San Bartolomé.
Villanueva of the InfantsVillanueva de los Infantes Square
After Almagro, this municipality houses the most important historical-artistic complex in the province of Ciudad Real. In fact, It is a monumental villa in itself. Some of its monuments or places of interest are the church of San Andrés, the Plaza Mayor or the Casa del Caballero del Verde Gabán.
In Villanueva de los Infantes you have to visit the old convent of Santo Domingo. The cell in which the famous Spanish writer Francisco de Quevedo died is preserved.
Las Tablas de Daimiel, the natural jewel of the province of Ciudad RealDaimiel Tables - Guillén Pérez / Flickr.com
It is between the municipal terms of Daimiel and Villarrubia de los Ojos. The Tablas de Daimiel National Park It is one of the last representatives of the ecosystem of river tables. These are formed as a result of the overflow of the rivers in their middle sections.
However, the highest ecological value of the park resides in the birdlife which uses it as a wintering and nesting area. Therefore, water birds are the main protagonists of Las Tablas. Some of the outstanding species that can be seen are herons, clays or hammers.
The Natural Park of the Lagoons of RuideraRuidera lagoons
And we continue with another of the natural jewels that we can visit in the province of Ciudad Real. The Natural Park of the Lagoons of Ruidera It is one of the largest and most important wetlands in Castilla-La Mancha and one of the most beautiful in the Iberian Peninsula.
It is formed by a set of 16 river lagoons, whose height differences allow streams, waterfalls or jumps from one to another. Without a doubt, a natural spectacle worth admiring.
The Archaeological Park of Alarcos-CalatravaAlarcos Castle - Raimundo Pastor / Wikimedia Commons
It is one of the most spectacular sites in Castilla-La Mancha. It is because of its extension (22 hectares of intramural space) and the importance of the remains found there. Remains that show their human occupation from the Bronze Age until the middle ages.
Some of the pieces found are displayed in the Interpretation Center of the Archaeological Park of Alarcos-Calatrava. There you can also see infographics or virtual reconstructions that introduce us to a tour of the history of the site. Its access is completely free, so there is no excuse for not visiting it.