Castilla La Mancha (1)
The autonomous community of Castile La Mancha consists of five provinces in the peninsular centre-south: Toledo, Ciudad Real, Guadalajara, Cuenca and Albacete. The name of this region comes from the fact that most of its territory corresponds with the region of La Mancha, a great plain re-conquered by the Castile kingdom from the Muslims during the Middle Ages. This plain, the most homogenous and extensive in Spain, is surrounded by mountain landscapes, like the Montes de Toledo, the Conquense and the Alcaraz mountain ranges, and several big rivers, like the Tajo and the Guadiana, also cross the region.
Castile La Mancha has three national parks and numerous other areas of interest, many of them still virgin-like and little known, and where species like deer, roe deer, golden eagles, or black vultures live. The Ruidera Lagoons, High Tajo, the Tables of Daimiel, the Cabañeros or the Cabriel narrow passes, are some of the places to visit for their natural beauty. The climate is Mediterranean-continental, with little rain, causing the temperatures to be quite low in winter and high in summer.
For the tourist, Castile La Mancha offers many options for cultural and nature leisure activities. The Route of the Black Towns (for the slate material used for constructing houses by popular architecture) is an interesting option of rural tourism; travelling castle to castle in La Mancha region is another way to enjoy this region. And towns as Almagro, Ocaña, Sigüenza, Villanueva de los Infantes, or Campo de Criptana are places to go because of their singularity.