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Introduction to the region of Castilla-La Mancha
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Located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula (SPAIN), Castilla-La Mancha is home to world-famous brave gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, the most important ambassador of an unknown land that keeps a surprise in every corner, every mountain range, every valley, every plain. Castilla-La Mancha varies all along its wide extension and offers its visitors the possibility to enjoy one of the largest and most spectacular territories that dedicates a vast part of its land to natural parks and nature reserves.

Its great diversity of landscapes is the common factor that prevails in the geography of this region. The Great Plain of La Mancha, probably the most homogeneous and vast piece of land of the country, hosted the centerpiece of the brilliant dream that Cervantes bequeathed to us almost 400 years ago.

The eyes of its visitors will be delighted by its diverse landscapes, varying from the Volcanoes in Campo de Calatrava to the arid pseudo-steppes of the South-East of the region, as well as the hydrographic complexes such as the Lagunas de Ruidera or the Tablas de Daimiel. The population of more than 1.7 million people is distributed in five provinces: Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Toledo. However, its centers of population are very unevenly distributed (very small and numerous in the North and larger but less in the South), due to the way resettlements were organized during the Reconquista, a historic period that had widespread repercussions on the territory.

Castilla-La Mancha has Spain’s most significant tourist attractions, ranging from the less known (but not less remarkable) Romanic art from the North of Guadalajara to The Don Quixote Route along the plains of La Mancha. As well, visitors can take a hike around the Lagunas de la Mancha, which has one of the largest concentration of birds in the whole peninsula, or enter the prehistoric caves and shelters in Los Casares, Fuencaliente, Alpera, Villar de Humo or Nerpio. Also remarkable are numerous villages and towns like Almagro, Ocaña, Sigüenza, Alcalá del Júcar, Ciudad Real…, true gems of the Spanish artistic heritage.

All the provinces that comprise Castilla-La Mancha are worth visiting in order to discover its cultural and natural heritage, customs, festivals, rich craftsmanship and varied gastronomy, backed up by products with guarantee of origin.

We invite you to get to know and further learn the aspects that might be interesting to you about the gastronomy of our region… COME AND JOIN US!

Castilla-La Mancha cuisine, universalized and recognized after Cervantes Don Quixote, is plentiful and tasty, varied like its Literary figure Don QuixoteLiterary figure Don Quixotegeography but most of all, abundant, since its origins are mostly pastoral, based on regional goods. Its cuisine is a symphony of smell, flavors and colors, as a result of tradition, modernity and efficient working practices, in order to satisfy the most discerning palates. Although sober, this cuisine does not lack originality, offering numerous typical and peculiar recipes. Many of the dishes that make up its wide collection of recipes are marked by the way they are seasoned.

There are four fundamental assets in our gastronomy: World famous queso manchego (manchego cheese), the unifying and definite element of our region, is based on sheep-milk and farmhouse elaboration, with strict quality control checks that will guarantee its quality and authenticity; The exploitation of natural products such as vegetables, pulses, fruits and garden products; Abundant and high quality game hunting (big and small) of its numerous preserves; And finally, marvelous wines: red, white, claret, rosé, light, strong, dense, all to match each person’s taste and the food they go with.

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The Pantry of Castilla-La Mancha
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