Situated in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, Castile-La Mancha is the birthplace of the most daring and famous Spanish knight, Don Quixote of La Mancha, foremost ambassador of this unknown land, which hides a surprise in every corner. Here there are great historical and architectural gems, some of which have been denoted World Heritage Sites, such as Toledo with its multicultural tradition and the magical town of Cuenca. In addition, there are interesting tourist trails, prehistoric caves and more than thirty natural areas with unique ecosystems, all of them outstanding examples of Spain's rich artistic and natural heritage.
This region, comprising the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo, covers much of the southern half of the Iberian Peninsula. Its landscape is clearly divided into two types: the plains and the mountains. Some of the most important Spanish rivers, including the Tagus, the Guadiana, the Jucar and the Segura, water the lands of Castile-La Mancha.
A Mediterranean climate, with variations from humid to semi-arid. Extreme temperatures and little rainfall.
The cuisine of this region is composed of a great variety of substantial but simple dishes made with basic ingredients such as bread or vegetables and accompanied by local wines with appellation d'origine - notably the Valdepeñas wines. The most famous produce of the area includes olive oil from the Montes de Toledo, Manchego cheese, aubergines from Almagro, lamb, purple skinned garlic from Pedroñeras, handmade Toledo marzipan and saffron. And the most traditional recipes include asadillo manchego (roast peppers), caldereta (a meat stew), gazpacho (cold tomato soup), morteruelo (a hot meat pate), Toledo-style partridges and pisto manchego, a type of ratatouille with egg.
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