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Castilla La Mancha Holidays - Toledo, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Guadalajara 
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. 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.

Cathedral, Toledo, SpainAlbacete
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.

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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Alarcón is a municipality in Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. It has a population of 182.
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).
Albacete - located 173 miles southeast of Madrid.  The settlement was originally named Al-Basit, "the plain," by the Moors. The city has been known as a center for the manufacture of fine daggers, scissors, and knives.  Albacete is not known as a tourist destination, but its sights include the new cathedral and the Museo de Albacete.
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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 9 Hole Pitch & Putt Golf Course and Putting Green is open to the public. Pitch and Putt is like normal golf but with shorter distances between the holes. Take advantage of it during your stay, bring your golf clubs!
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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Almagro - the town was captured by the Order of Calatrava during the Reconquest, and hence the castle of Calatrava la Nueva was built to the south west of the town. The town consists of  narrow cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses. Architecturally impressive,  Almagro boasts its colonnaded stone Plaza Mayor, with distinctive enclosed, green balconies.

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Hosteria de Almagro Valdeolivo, Almagro, Ciudad Real Province
An inn set around two traditional courtyards, with exposed beams and galleries supported by wooden pillars. The inn conserves its old stone floors, Moorish tiling, waterproof floor tiles, masonry, wrought iron grilles and some original doors. It is, in short, a very typical Almagro building.  One of those charming places where time stands still for enjoyable moments in a traditional atmosphere.  The first of the courtyards has a fountain, pedestal tables and an olive tree. It lets bright sunlight into the lounge, reception, the restaurant's private room, the reading room and two of the bedrooms. The second courtyard has a pretty summer swimming pool, with loungers for you to relax and enjoy the sun.  The interior decor is outstanding for its bright sunlight, simplicity and rustic touches, as well as tasteful use of colours that adds warmth and harmony - whites and ochres for walls and ceilings, along with stained ochre on woodwork.
Parador de Almagro, Almagro, Ciudad Real Province
The Convent of San Francisco was built by the Dávila de la Cueva in 1596. It is located in an area of outstanding historic and artistic interest just 5 minutes from the main square. Here visitors have the opportunity to discover the prettiest corners of the town, including the ‘corral de comedias’ (open-air theatre) and the surrounding nature reserves. The interior decoration is finished with beautiful galleries, woodwork and lattices. The Parador’s restaurant provides traditional Manchegan cuisine with Arabic influences. The rooms within the hotel are welcoming and have a stylish feel, featuring 14 interior courtyards and a swimming pool. The bedrooms are found in the former monastic cells, providing peace and serenity. 
Rusticae Casa del Rector, Almagro, Ciudad Real Province
The house dates back to the 18th century and preserves all the flavour of an old house combined with many touches of colour. The covered central patio, with several fountains, serves as a hallway to the bedrooms, from the sound of the running water can be heard. The breakfasts are generous in helpings and quality. The hotel also has a small wine cellar.  The El Corregidor restaurant. Traditional La Mancha dishes and also some modern dishes.  The bedrooms and bathrooms have been designed and decorated with great care by the owners, who have studied every last detail and ensuring all the rooms have a feeling of spaciousness. To this effect, all the bedrooms have a small lounge area, large beds, a wood fire in two of the rooms, pressure showers, mini-bar, etc. The daring use of colours and the work carried out by local artists and cabinet makers is eye-catching.
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Ciudad Real - capital of the province of Ciudad Real.  The capital was founded by King Alfonso X in the 13th century to fight against the power of the military order of Calatrava.  It has a stop on the AVE high-speed rail line and has begun to grow as a long-distance commuter suburb of Madrid.

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Parador de Manzanares, Manzanares, Ciudad Real
Located in a La Mancha style country house in Manzanares, the Parador De Manzanares is placed between three most beautiful nature reserves of the country, which are Cabaneros, the Ruidera Lagoons and the Tablas De Daimiel. Trees, bushes, gardens, and plants impregnate this place with greenery, and with its swimming pool make for a very appetising setting within the La Mancha countryside. The hotel has well-appointed rooms that are equipped with modern amenities, provides an affable and friendly atmosphere.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves regional specialities and also enjoy a fine drink at the bar.  Conference facilities are available for people on business travel. During leisure, you can relax at the pool or explore the city.
Silken Alfonso X, Ciudad Real
The Hotel Alfonso X is housed in a 19th century building which retains its period red-brick facade with distinctive wrought-iron railings at each window. It is located next to the shops on Plaza Mayor and the City Hall.   The restaurant serves international food and regional La Mancha dishes from a la carte and set menus. There is also a café onsite, where guests can relax with a drink. The hotel's public areas mix traditional fabrics and floral decoration with contemporary wood and metallic surfaces, and wireless Internet access is available throughout.  The 66 guestrooms feature modern decor and marble bathrooms; all include satellite television, safes and minibars.
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Cuenca - Mountain top town, renowned for its "Casas Colgadas", or hanging houses, the city is literally hewn out of rock.  Wonderful countryside and views. Cuenca is a city (2004 pop. 47,862) in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. It is the capital of the province of Cuenca, one of the largest provinces in Spain (17,061 km2.), almost as large as countries like Slovenia or Montenegro.
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AC Cuenca, Cuenca
Built in 2003 and located 2.5 kilometres from the Old Town, the Hotel AC Cuenca is housed in a distinctive three-storey contemporary building which features a geometric facade in light and dark woods. Within three kilometres of the hotel, guests can walk the picturesque streets of the Old Town and visit the shops and restaurants dotted along the archways of the Plaza Mayor. The hotel houses a fitness centre where guests can work out before indulging in a sauna, steam room, Turkish bath or massage treatment. In the evening, guests can grab a drink from the bar and relax by the fireplace in the lobby or head to the library to browse the bookshelves. The hotel's AC restaurant serves a menu of international dishes and local specialities in a contemporary, minimalist dining area.
Exterior Views Parador de Cuenca, Cuenca
16th Century Convent facing the hanging houses.  The former San Pablo convent sits in a privileged location on the Hoz del Huécar gorge, comprising steep walls and luxuriant vegetation outside Cuenca, facing the hanging houses.  The glazed cloister and old chapel - today a cosy café - are the perfect complement to the interior combining traditional features with more contemporary touches such as wicker, leather and upholstery.  The cosy, comfortable hotel rooms - some with splendid views of the hanging houses - are a highlight as are the conference rooms, the bar and marvellous dining room decorated with exquisite taste.  Well-spiced seasonal fare makes up the base of traditional Cuenca cuisine.  The morteruelo creamy pâté, hash with potted pork loin and roasts are standout, as are the traditional desserts...
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Guadalajara - capital of the province of Guadalajara. It is located roughly 60 km northeast of Madrid on the Henares River. It has several historic buildings such as the Palacio del Infantado, as well as many churches.
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AC Guadalajara, Guadalajara
Located in the historic centre, close to the Palacio del Infantado and well communicated with Madrid. Its interior decorated with strong contemporary colors and modern art, this four storey hotel is located opposite the 15th century Infantado Palace in Guadalajara's historical center, less than two kilometers from the station. After a few laps of the on-site jogging track or a workout at the fitness center, guests can relax in the sauna or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool. Featuring comfortable sofas, black lacquered dining chairs and bold artworks, the hotel's David Guerrero Restaurant offers local cuisine in a modern environment. Guests can chose between the bar and the coffee shop for a relaxing drink.Featuring wooden floors, minimal contemporary furniture and crisp white linens, the 103 air conditioned rooms offer free Internet connections, cable television and direct dial telephones.
Hotel Alcarria, Guadalajara
The Hotel Partner Alcarria is housed in a contemporary three-storey property on the edge of the town of Guadalajara, 1 kilometre from the centre. Amistad Park is 500 metres from the hotel, and the Palacio del Infantada Is 2 kilometres away.  There is a 24-hour front desk with a safe-deposit box, and the hotel also offers a room service menu. The onsite café has a patio for outdoor relaxation, and other amenities include air-conditioned public areas, conference facilities, and free garage parking for those arriving by car. Restaurant Arriaca serves regional specialities in a contemporary setting.  The 53 guestrooms, over three floors, have light, neutral decor and functional furnishings.
Tryp Guadalajara, Guadalajara
The Tryp Guadalajara is a modern property located in a quiet residential area adjacent to a golf course and two kilometres from Guadalajara centre. After breakfast, guests can browse through the complimentary newspapers in the hotel lobby or head to the hotel's fully-equipped fitness room for a workout. The hotel houses a games room complete with billiards table and television, and guests can enjoy Mediterranean specialties in the modern La Claraboya restaurant. The hotel houses its own bar and those on business will benefit from the hotel's 14 meeting rooms and range of audio-visual equipment. The 159 guestrooms are decorated in soft neutral colours with patterned fabrics and modern furnishings. Room amenities include air conditioning, wireless Internet connections, satellite television with pay movies, telephones, hair dryers, minibars, and safes.
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Manzanares - A picturesque town in the Sierra de Guadarama at the foot of La Pedriza mountain. Its 15th century castle is a jewel of civil architecture. It is worthwhile taking a stroll through La Pedriza park and along the banks of the Manzanares river.  Location is 47 Kilometers from Madrid.
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Parador de Manzanares, Manzanares, Ciudad Real
Located in a La Mancha style country house in Manzanares, the Parador De Manzanares is placed between three most beautiful nature reserves of the country, which are Cabaneros, the Ruidera Lagoons and the Tablas De Daimiel. Trees, bushes, gardens, and plants impregnate this place with greenery, and with its swimming pool make for a very appetising setting within the La Mancha countryside. The hotel has well-appointed rooms that are equipped with modern amenities, provides an affable and friendly atmosphere.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves regional specialities and also enjoy a fine drink at the bar.  Conference facilities are available for people on business travel. During leisure, you can relax at the pool or explore the city.
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Oropesa is a Spanish town in the province of Toledo. The town of 2,872 is famous for its castle-turned-parador, which was built in 1402. The parador was formerly the residence of the Toledo family of nobles. This includes Francisco de Toledo, Count of Oropesa, who became the Viceroy of Peru. The town has a yearly celebration in April called "Jornadas Medievales", or "Medieval Days", which plays off the presence of the Castle in Oropesa.
Parador de Oropesa, Toledo Province
15th Century Palace and Castle - The stately home of the Álvarez de Toledo, Counts of Oropesa, once the home of soldiers, clergy and noblemen, enjoys exceptional views of the Sierra de Gredos. The historic value of the Torre del Homenaje, a tower attached to the Parador, the columns of the courtyard, and the pool with outstanding views over the plains of Campo Arañuelo, make up a very attractive hotel. The interior is dominated by lamps, chests and curtains, with large, bright rooms, lounges and work spaces. Game and seasonal produce are features of Oropesa, where the cookery of Toledo offers lamb, roast kid and other specialities such as migas del Arañuelo, a bread-based dish, and confit of partridge. 
Sigüenza - a beautiful and inviting city, enriched by the passing of time although its medieval character is relatively unchanged. Stroll through the winding streets of the city contemplating interesting monuments and visiting shops filled with local artisan crafts.
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Exterior Views Parador de Sigüenza, Sigüenza  - Guadalajara Province
Installed in an Arab fortress, built on Roman foundations, the construction began in 1123 of this imposing castle, home of bishops, cardinals and kings. This is an appropriate base for exploring the historic town and the beautiful landscape around it.  The hotel’s traditional Castilian furnishings are tastefully displayed in the large, comfortable rooms, some with canopied beds and terraces, authentic royal bedchambers in a palace which has kept its lordly halls, ideal for meetings and celebrations, and a 13th century Romanesque chapel. Within its thick stone walls is the cobbled courtyard and an imposing dining room, where you can enjoy fried eggs with breadcrumbs and lardoons, oven roast baby kid, cod with Manchego cheese, and for dessert the famous borrachitos seguntinos and flores de Cabanillas.
Exterior Views Rusticae Molino de Alcuneza, Sigüenza
Traditional flour mill overlooking the fresh waters of the river Henares. It is situated only five minutes from the medieval city of Sigüenza. Originally built in the 15th century, the hotel has been tastefully restored, keeping the original features such as wood, stone and iron. Fireplaces and spacious lounges transform the mill into a place that invites you to rest and relax. The whole family run the hotel taking care of every detail and making you feel at home. In 1997 the mill was awarded the prize of the best rural hotel in the region.  The hotel cooks beautifully made traditional dishes for the guests. Only serves dinners: 27,05€ approx.  The rooms are as cosy as the rest of the millhouse; white washed walls, wooden furniture, pretty lamps and flower ornaments. 
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