09 Jan Ciudad Real, land of Quixote
Ciudad Real stands out for its innumerable tourism options, including its spectacular architecture, both religious and civil, but also for its famous heritage, monuments, museums and green spaces, ideal to get lost and spend a very pleasant afternoon, walk .
In the chapter of museums, there are many that we can visit, include the Museum of Quixote, López Villaseñor; Museum – Municipal Historical Archive “Elisa Cendrero”, now in rehabilitation, Provincial Museum, the Old Convent of La Merced, the Alarcos-Calatrava Archaeological Park and the Episcopal and Diocesan Museum, among others.
As far as the monuments are concerned, Puerta de Toledo, declared a national monument in 1915, is one of the few remaining remains of the old wall that surrounded the city. Built in the XIII-XV centuries. Other must-sees are: the historical-artistic complex formed by three Gothic churches, that of Santiago del s. XIII, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Prado of the s. XV and the Church of San Pedro of s. XIV; the old casino, of classicist style, the different convents like that of the Carmelitas, from s. XVI, Palace of the Diputación, old Hospital de la Misericordia, today headquarters of the Rector of the University of Castilla-La Mancha or the facade of the Medrano Palace, which currently houses the Delegation of the Junta de Castilla La Mancha.
In the surroundings of the city, the Hermitage and the Archaeological Park of Alarcos-Calatrava, located eight kilometers from the capital, in which important Iberian and Roman remains have been found, will enchant you. As well, it will be a pleasure to take a quiet stroll through the city and contemplate the squares and the many gardens.
You can not leave Ciudad Real without tasting its delicious and varied cuisine, very attached to the land. Kitchen of shepherds and peasants, the Arab heritage as a defining feature. It stands out in the Don Quijote de la Mancha novel, where more than 150 recipes have been counted.