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Exterior Views Parador de Albacete, Albacete  
Located on the plains of La Mancha, in a setting which offers the appropriate conditions for open-air activities, the Parador offers the traveller all the privileges necessary to enjoy a peaceful, relaxed stay. The garden and the swimming pool create an atmosphere which invites you to rest, to stroll or to have a refreshing dip on warm summer evenings.  This La Mancha country house, with its attractive corridor, is characterized on the inside by an elegant simplicity, where the natural light acquires prominence. Large windows and immaculate wood combine with the luminosity of comfortable bedrooms. The restaurant offers the typical dishes of La Mancha cooking.  To combat the hot Summer, there is nothing like a good Mancha salad, composed of codfish and cheese. We also recommend you the cooked partridge, 'Miguelitos' cakes from la Roda village, and certainly the 'pisto manchego' (cooked vegetables), an indispensable choice. 
Ciudad Real - Almagro
Room Parador de Almagro, Ciudad Real Province 
The Convent of San Francisco, built by the Dávila de la Cueva family in 1596, is located in a historical-artistic position of great interest, which offers the traveller the opportunity to discover the most beautiful parts of this town and the natural spaces surrounding it, among which stand out the Tablas de Daimiel.  The inner rooms are welcoming with an elegant, peaceful air, with the 14 inner courtyards, the splendid garden and the swimming pool standing out from the ensemble. The bedrooms, installed in the former monastic cells, also offer peace and quiet. Beautiful galleries, wood and latticework complete the inner atmosphere. In the restaurant the traditional recipes of La Mancha are accompanied by Arabic influences, among which can be mentioned 'pisto manchego' (tomato-based ratatouille), 'migas' (fried breadcrumbs), the cod dishes 'mojete' and 'tiznao' and Almagro aubergines. 
Ciudad Real - Manzanares
Parador de Manzanares, Manzanares, Ciudad Real  
This Parador is located in a La Mancha style country house in Manzanares, between three of the most beautiful nature reserves of the country: Cabañeros, the Ruidera Lagoons and the Tablas de Daimiel. Trees, shrubs, gardens and plants fill the space with green, and, along with its swimming pool, make it a very desirable spot in the La Mancha landscape. The common rooms and bedrooms have wooden furniture, leather chairs and wrought iron wall lights, which contribute to an affable and friendly atmosphere. The most representative dishes of the restaurant are 'migas ruleras' (fried breadcrumbs), 'gachas', (similar to liver pate), 'galianos manchegos' , 'duelos y quebrantos' (egg dish), 'tiznao de bacalao' (cod), 'mojete de conejo' (rabbit with pine nuts) and 'caldereta manchega' (lamb stew).
Exterior Views Parador de Cuenca, Cuenca  
The former convent of San Pablo occupies a privileged position in the Hoz del Huécar gorge, a compendium of sheer walls and luxuriant vegetation on the outskirts of Cuenca, next to the 'Casas Colgadas' (Suspended Houses). The glazed cloister, and the former chapel, now an inviting café, complement an interior which combines traditional elements with more contemporary details such as wicker, leather and upholstery. The comfortable, welcoming bedrooms stand out, some of which have splendid views of the 'Casas Colgadas', in addition to the conference rooms, the bar and a wonderful dining room decorated with exquisite taste. Well-seasoned dishes make up the basis for the traditional cooking of Cuenca, such as 'morteruelo' (rich game-animal paté made with olive oil and spices ), 'pisto con lomo de orza' (tomato-based ratatouille with marinated loin), roasts and 'alajú' (dessert made from almonds, walnuts and honey).
Cuenca - Alarcón
Parador de Alarcón, Cuenca  
This castle of S. VIII, authentic medieval fortress, is based in a meander of the Júcar river, on a promontory in you are contiguous manchego-levantinas.  The architecture of the Parador, which occupies the medieval castle of the Marquises of Villena, is the result of more than three centuries of history. Founded by the Muslims in the 8th century, it was captured by King Alfonso VIII in the 12th century. Inhabited by the notable man of literature Don Juan Manuel, it has been the scene of sieges and revolts.  The monumentalidad of the Inn is appraised in the Tower of the Tribute, the battlements and the interior.  The Parador reopened its doors to the public on 15 June, after 8 months of works. Emphasis has been placed on the severity and sobriety of the building, eliminating paneling and offering an image which shows greater respect for the original building.  Regal oak wood and a mix of modern and classic have made this a new Parador, where the fabrics accentuate its medieval character.
Guadalajara - Sigüenza
Exterior Views Parador de Sigüenza, Sigüenza  - Guadalajara 
Installed in an Arabic citadel, which was constructed on a Roman settlement, construction on this imposing castle began in 1123, and was the residence of bishops, cardinals and kings. It is a suitable location to enjoy this historical town, close to very beautiful natural spaces. The traditional Castilian furniture is displayed with taste in the spacious, friendly bedrooms, some with four poster beds and terrace, genuine royal chambers in a palace which conserves stately living rooms, ideal for meetings and celebrations, and a 13th c. Romanesque chapel. In addition to a stone courtyard, the Parador's thick stone walls enclose a stately dining room, where one can sample exquisite dishes such as fried bread crumbs with bacon and fried eggs, roast suckling kid, cod prepared with manchego cheese, and for dessert, the famous borrachitos seguntinos or flores de Cabanillas all prepared with the very best regional and seasonal products.
Madrid - Chinchón
Exterior Views Parador de Chinchón, Chinchón, Madrid Province 
Founded by the Lords of Chinchón in the 17th c., this former Augustinian convent protects its monumental heritage in that of the old quarter of Chinchón, with its emblematic Plaza Mayor. In this framework, the cypress trees, roses and privets of the garden offer a beautiful picture, with the addition of a splendid cloister and softened by the blue of its swimming pool. Walls with a Renaissance stamp, large windows and vaults, classical and Castilian style furniture, and its pleasant, spacious bedrooms make up the inner space, which is characterized by an atmosphere of peace and quiet. The dining room offers 'sopa de ajo' (garlic soup), suckling pig and roast lamb and the typical 'cocido madrileño' (Madrid-style garbanzo bean stew).
Parador de Toledo, Toledo 
Located on the Cerro del Emperador by a meander of the river Tagus, this Parador offers an incomparable panoramic view of the monumental profile of Toledo, with its most precious jewels, such as the cathedral, the Alcázar (fortress) and the synagogues. The Parador also offers the possibility to enjoy its refreshing swimming pool and to plan outdoor activities. From the bedrooms, living rooms, terrace and swimming pool can be seen beautiful views of the Imperial City, while the interior stands out for its spaciousness and luxurious facilities. Comfortable furniture is included with wooden beams, staircases and banisters and Mudejar elements on rugs and tiling. Typical dishes from Castilla-La Mancha are offered in the dining room, discover dishes such as stewed partridge, roast lamb, cheese and honey ice cream, and Toledo's famous marzipans. 
Toledo - Oropesa
Interior Views Parador de Oropesa, Toledo - Oropesa 
The ancestral home of the Álvarez family of Toledo, the Counts of Oropesa, which was a refuge for soldiers, monks and nobles in other times, offers exceptional panoramic views of the Gredos mountain range. The historical value of the Keep backing on to the Parador, the columns and arcades of the courtyard, and the swimming pool, with exceptional views of the flat lands of the Campo Arañuelo, form a very attractive whole. Lamps, large chests and curtains dominate the interior decoration, in which the spaciousness and brightness of the bedrooms and the working and leisure rooms stands out. Game and seasonal products are characteristic of Oropesa, where the cuisine of Toledo offers lamb, roast kid, and other specialities such as 'migas del Arañuelo' (fried breadcrumbs), and 'perdiz escabechada' (partridge).

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