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Featured Castilla-La Mancha Hotels  /  Self-Catering/Vacation Rentals
Castilla La Mancha Holidays - Toledo, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Guadalajara 

by Steve Greenwood
Castilla La Mancha is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Spain. It is located in the centre of the country and is bordered entirely by other Spanish regions including Andalucia, Castilla & Leon, Madrid, Aragon, Valencia, Murcia, and Extremadura. Castilla La Mancha is further divided into 5 provinces, which take their names after their capital cities. These are Toledo, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Guadalajara. Castilla La Mancha is synonymous with Don Quixote, windmills, sunflowers and Manchego cheese, which is made from sheep's milk.

Miguel Cervantes

It is in the province of Castilla La Mancha where the famous novel Don Quixote takes place, written by Miguel Cervantes. The novel covers the adventures of Don Quixote, also known as the knight or man of La Mancha. He is a hero who carries his enthusiasm and self-deception to unintentional and comic ends. His partner is Sancho Panza, a man of low selfishness, who follows in blind confidence in all the extravagant hopes and promises of his master.

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Toledo is the capital of Castilla La Mancha and can be found 70km south of Madrid. Toledo is a wonderful city, full of history with one of the greatest number of monuments in any Spanish city. It is also one of Spain's most interesting cities, offering a rich cultural history and architecture from all the civilizations that have occupied, including the Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Christians, Jews and Moriscos.
Wall Surrounding City with Buildings Behind, Toledo, Spain
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The old city centre is located on a hilltop and is a myriad of steep narrow streets that are enclosed on three sides by the Tagus River. At the very top can be found the Alcazar, a huge palace-fortress built in the 16th century. During the Spanish Civil War, the castle held out against overwhelming Republican forces during the famous 'Siege of the Alcazar' in 1936.


Albacete is a modern and commercial city, with sights to see both new and old. It is a great place to start for excursions to the Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve, and the historic towns of Chinchilla and Almansa. Albacete tourist office can be found at Posada del Rosario (Rosario Lodging House), in a building that has been declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument as a fine example of original Castilian accommodation in La Mancha. Plaza de Altozano is a good place to relax in the many bars on offer, while in Lodares Passage can be found the city's shopping malls set in fine surroundings.

Ciudad Real 

Ciudad Real has become increasingly popular as a long-distance commuter suburb of Madrid since the high speed AVE rail link began to stop here on its way from the capital to Seville. During the middle ages, the city was surrounded by 4 kilometres of walls and over 100 towers to protect the enclosed population. A good example of this 14th century Mudejar architecture can be seen at the Puerta de Toledo, one of the eight gates set within the city walls.

Cuenca is situated in the heart of the Cuenca Mountains, and offers a wealth of monuments for those interested in historical architecture. Its historic centre of cobbled streets looks out over the rocky canyon walls and the remains of its old Moorish castle. Standing proud over the deep gorge of the Rio Huecar, can be seen the protected Casas Colgadas, that house the Spanish Abstract Art Museum. Because Cuenca has good rail links with Madrid, the city has become a popular day or weekend break for those living in the capital city.


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Guadalajara was founded by the Iberians and has its roots back to the Roman period. It was the Mendozas in the 15th century who added many of the beautiful buildings that make Guadalajara a wonderful historic place to visit. Located at Plaza de los Caídos, the Infantado Palace is Isabelline Gothic in design built for Íñigo López de Mendoza in the 15th century. It is of great design and recognised as the symbol of the city of Guadalajara. Inside, Mudejar decoration can be seen on the tiles and ceilings and the front of the building displays the Mendoza coat of arms.

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About the Author: Steve Greenwood invites you to visit  Castilla La Mancha Property Rentals for accommodation and attractions in Toledo, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Guadalajara. Visit for holidays and accommodation in all the regions of Spain including the Canary Islands Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma.



Parador de Alarcón, Alarcón, Cuenca Province
This authentic 8th Century fortress is situated on a promontory above the meandering river Júcar, on the Manchego-Levantinas border. The hotel occupies the medieval castle of the Marqueses de Villena, which is over 13 centuries old. Magnificent oak and a mixture of modern and classical styles have transformed this Parador into a new building. The fabrics used within bring out its medieval character; the reds and oranges contrast with the austerity of the space and serve as a backdrop for its genuine art collection.  The Parador de Alarcón cuisine is based on the famous ‘conquenese’ cuisine comprising pickled partridge, duck and game pâtés, and Manchegan ingredients such as Morteruelo (hot meat pâté), Zarajos (fried lamb’s intestines) and Pisto Manchego (marrow with onion and tomato).


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Hotel Europa, Albacete
The Hotel Europa is located in Albacete, Spain, 200 metres away from the Cathedral, the Cuchilleria Museum, and the shopping district. Plaza Mayor is located 17 kilometres away.  Hotel Europa has air conditioning throughout and the multilingual staff at the front desk are available 24 hours a day. The hotel offers concierge services and there is secure parking in the garage.  Meals are served in the onsite restaurant and room service is offered during certain hours.  There is a meeting room for small groups and wireless Internet is provided throughout the hotel.The 119 guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, wireless Internet, and satellite television.
Hotel San Antonio, Albacete
The Hotel San Antonio is located in Albacete, Spain. It is situated in the city centre, 100 metres from the commercial area and the Cuchilleria Museum. The Albacete Exhibition Centre is three kilometres from the hotel.  Wireless Internet access is available in the air-conditioned public areas and multilingual staff are available to help from the 24-hour front desk.  Hotel San Antonio offers room service during limited hours and meals are served in the restaurant. Evening drinks are available from the bar.There are 32 guestrooms, all with air conditioning and wireless Internet. The televisions have pay movies and satellite channels and there are direct-dial phones.
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. 
Sercotel Los Llanos, Albacete
The Sercotel Los Llanos is located in the centre of Albacete, Spain, across the street from Abelardo Sanchez Park and 200 metres from the museum. Distance to the train station is one kilometre and Albacete Los Llanos Airport is four kilometres away.  Spread over five floors of a city-centre property, Sercotel Los Llanos is a modern hotel offering views of the city and neighbouring park.  Amenities include a restaurant and bar, coffee shop, reading and social room, and lobby television. A buffet breakfast (surcharge) is offered each morning in La Taberna restaurant. Lunch and dinner menus feature traditional dishes from the La Mancha region.The 79 air-conditioned guestrooms have contemporary decor with wood floors and modern furniture.
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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...
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. 
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.  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.
Tryp Guadalajara, Guadalajara
Designed to meet the need for quality hotel facilities and a convention, congress and meeting centre in the emerging industrial and business centre of the Henares Corridor - an innovative hotel whose modern and comfortable rooms are equipped with all of the latest technological facilities. The hotel's extensive, adaptable meeting facilities are the ideal choice for training courses, seminars, video conferences, meetings, wedding receptions and any other type of event.
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 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.
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AC Ciudad de Toledo, Toledo
This 4 star hotel is located on one of the most beautiful and best-known corners of Toledo known as "Los Cigarrales".  It is formed by a group of country houses highly regarded due to their location next to the river, and the panoramic views over the city. This hotel maintains the architectural style of its surroundings and is located in a truly privileged site as it is only five minutes away from the historical centre of the city. Located in the Toledo valley, “El Balcón de Toledo” is noted for its marvellous views and for the light airiness of its rooms. The restaurant, with personal assessment from a team of professionals, provides a varied gastronomic offer inspired by traditional recipes that are carefully prepared with innovative touches. We provide a free Fitness Centre, where you will find Bodybuilding equipment, exercise benches, turkish bath, television and mini Hi-Fi system
Alfonso VI, Toledo
The hotel Alfonso VI has one of the qualities which is most highly valued by guests; the special service that we provide to our guests.  With the best prices of the hotels in our category in this city, the quality of our cuisine will surprise you.  Located in the heart of the old quarter of the city in front of the façade of the Alcázar (Fortress) of Toledo and beside the Cathedral.  A few metres from the most commercial area of Toledo and its nerve centre, the Plaza de Zocodover.  The hotels has a Castillian restaurant.  The hotel has a Castilian style with fine wood, and knights in armour which welcome our guests.  The rooms have twin beds, they are spacious and the stone and wood give warmth and calmness to our guests.  Spacious marble bathrooms.  Fantastic views from the highest part of the city of the most important monuments and the country estates with marvellous sunsets. 
Hilton Buenavista Toledo
Hilton Buenavista Toledo is a contemporary hotel located in the historic city of Toledo, Spain, two kilometres from Alcazar Castle and the El Greco Museum. This contemporary hotel features an outdoor pool by which guests can relax and enjoy a drink from the poolside bar. The hotel has a gym and a full spa featuring a hot tub and massage treatment rooms. There is also a putting green and a cigar bar. Wireless Internet access is available   There are two dining options at the Hilton Buenavista. The Goizeko Toledo Restaurant serves regional specialities and international dishes in a sophisticated contemporary setting. The Marketplace Restaurant serves Spanish dishes and light meals and is open all day. Air-conditioned guestrooms feature marble bathrooms offering complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and hair dryers. 
Hotel Abad, Toledo
The Abad Toledo hotel dates back to 1815 and fuses its original rustic structure with contemporary architecture. It is located 500 metres from the Cathedral, in the historic centre of Toledo. The bar/lounge provides a relaxed setting in which to enjoy a snack or drink, and has a decor of exposed brick walls and wooden beams. The 24-hour front desk offers a dry cleaning service and has a safe-deposit box. Transport to and from the airport is available for a surcharge.  A number of attractions surround the hotel with many, including the El Greco Museum and Alcazar Castle, within one kilometre of the hotel. Fine examples of Toledo steel can be viewed in the form of fantastic swords and curiosities in the many shops of the old town centre and at the Taller del Moro (Moorish Workshop), also within a kilometre of the hotel. 
Hotel Beatriz Toledo
The Hotel Beatriz Toledo is a modern hotel with spacious garden areas and impressive views of Toledo Old Town, two kilometres from the city centre. Within two kilometres of the hotel, guests can explore museums and streets of Toledo, practise their swing at the golf course, and watch a traditional Spanish bullfight. Guests can while away the hours on the sun terraces, go for a dip in the outdoor pool, or enjoy a cocktail or an exotic shake at the poolside bar. The hotel's health club includes a sauna and gym, whilst children are well cared for with supervised childcare activities and babysitting.  The hotel offers two dining options; La Alhacena serves an a la carte menu of Mediterranean and international dishes with Paella being a house speciality; La Romana offers a buffet breakfast, light meals and snacks throughout the day. In the evening, guests can unwind with a drink alongside live music in the Piano bar.
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. 
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).
Sercotel Casona de la Reyna, Toledo
Set on the edge of historic Toledo, overlooking the River Tajo, the Hotel Casona de la Reyna is a modern building in traditional style. Within 500 metres of the hotel lie the El Greco Museum, the Transito synagogue and Santo Tome church.  Breakfast is served either in the dining room, where guests can also order coffees and wine, in the courtyard or by the open fire. The front desk, open all hours, can assist with laundry or dry cleaning, currency exchange or use of the meeting room. Parking is available in the hotel's garage.  All guestrooms are air conditioned and decorated in yellow tones, with dark wood floors and antique-style furniture. Each room is equipped with a wireless Internet connection, desk, minibar, safe and and satellite television.
Sercotel Pintor El Greco, Toledo
The Pintor El Greco hotel is located in Toledo, Spain, 20 metres from the Paseo del Transito Gardens and the El Greco Museum, and 750 metres from the city cathedral. Toledo train station is 250 metres away.  Set in a 17th-century Toledo house, this hotel has a reading room and lounge area. Wireless Internet is available throughout the building, and there is an adjoining garage for guest parking.  A buffet breakfast is available daily at the Pintor El Greco (surcharge).  The 33 air-conditioned guestrooms have rustic decor in warm tones. Amenities include minibars, satellite television, and hair dryers. The city of Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its history and architecture. The ornate baroque altar in Toledo Cathedral stands several storeys high. 
Sercotel San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo
The Sercotel San Juan de los Reyes is located in Toledo, Spain, 200 metres away from the Del Greco Museum. The Synagogue is situated 50 metres away and the cathedral is located 500 metres away. This hotel is housed within an old flourmill and the Neo-Mudejar facade dates from the 19th-century.  There is an onsite parking garage and a hair salon. The hotel also offers currency exchange and dry cleaning services.  Guests can also enjoy a game of billiards. Sercotel San Juan de los Reyes offers room service (limited hours) and drinks are available from the hotel bar.  The 38 guestrooms all have air conditioning and complimentary wireless Internet. There are also televisions with satellite channels and direct-dial phones. Further amenities include minibars and safes. The private bathrooms feature jetted tubs
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