Ciudad Real is the birthplace of literary myths and tasteful gastronomy, definitely a very special place in La Mancha. Known as the land of mills and knights of Military Orders like the ones in Calatrava. Although is not a well-known tourist place, it’s definitely worth visiting.
There are many interesting places full of history and art, definitely worth visiting during your stay in Ciudad Real. At Sercotel Hotels we help you plan your trip and advise you on the places that you must visit near Sercotel Guadiana; one of the most charming and conveniently located hotels in Ciudad Real city centre. Come and visit us!
The Puerta de Toledo and several fragments of the wall from the XIII century are examples of the military past of this region. These pieces were strategically placed on the road between the towns that begin one of the most exciting histories of Spain: Christians, Jews and Muslims. The Casa del Arco was the old town hall and it was expropriated from the Jewish rabbi Alvar Díaz by the Catholic Monarchs. Another historic building is the palace of Hernán Pérez del Pulgar, a military nobleman who played an important role during the Reconquest.
The Cathedral of Our Lady del Prado is another example of the strong Catholic presence in the town. It was built on the old parish church from the time of Alfonso X El Sabio. Also, you can see remains of late Romanesque that highlight the new majestic baroque altarpiece from the XVII century.
This period has marked a before and after in the history of Ciudad Real. An example would be its saint festivals, marked by the former military customs of the region like the Corpus Christi celebration. Between May and June, a parade is celebrated with the interesting participation of the Knights of the Spanish Military Orders of Calatrava, Alcántara, Montesa, and Santiago.
On the other hand, you cannot leave Ciudad Real without tasting the migas (bread crumbs), the pisto manchego (vegetables with cheese), its sheep cheeses and the famous duelos y quebrantos (eggs with chorizo). Visit any of our hotels in Ciudad Real, Spain and taste for yourself the richness of its gastronomy.
Ciudad Real is also known for its landscape that inspired Miguel de Cervantes to write Don Quixote de la Mancha. Also, if you want to know more about the Spanish literature masterpiece, you can visit Don Quixote’s Museum in Ciudad Real. There you will find an interesting exhibition of preserved art objects related to the novel.
Don Quixote de la Mancha has given Ciudad Real international recognition to its landscapes. We invite you to do the El Quijote Route, an itinerary that will take you from Argamasilla de Alba to Munera, where you can see the iconic windmills.
The winemaking tradition is also a hallmark of Ciudad Real. If you enjoyed following Don Quixote's footsteps, we recommend discovering the apellation of origin and pago wines from Ciudad Real. Some of our favourites are Vino de la Mancha, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Valdepeñas wine and pago wines (when the grapes of that wine come from individual vineyards or wine estates). We definitely suggest you go wine tasting to any of the excellent Manchego wineries.
Also, you cannot leave without visiting the magnificent national park of Tablas de Daimiel. A little over half an hour by car, you will find this great option for nature lovers. We highlight its rich fauna and the huge variety of migratory birds that can be seen.