Don Quijote Route
DON QUIXOTE ROUTE (RUTA DEL QUIJOTE)
A Route to discover the most important sites from the life of Miguel de Cervantes with the opportunity to visit spots closely linked to the author’s most famous work, Don Quijote de la Mancha.
Suggested access airport: Madrid
7 NIGHT ITINERARY
First and Second Nights: Parador de OROPESA
A chance to discover La Mancha, land of the plains, land of medieval knights and feudal lords. We begin our travels in Oropesa, where we can explore the 16th century Jesuit School, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church (15th century), and the New Palace (15th century).
Third Night: Parador de SIGÜENZA
When you arrive in the city, you cannot help but be amazed by the beauty it displays. The Parador is in the castle, which presides over the town. Highlights include the cathedral, Main Square (Plaza Mayor), House of the Doncel, the façade of the convent of Clarisas de Santiago (nuns of the Order of Saint Clare), San Vicente Parish Church and Santa María Parish Church. There are squares and streets to discover, to explore, to travel back to the past and really start to experience the lands of La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Fourth Night: Parador de CUENCA
The fascinating city of Cuenca awaits you, with its Hanging Houses (Casas Colgadas), cathedral, San Miguel Church, San Pedro Church, and Descalzas convent. Discover the natural beauty of the rock formations at the nearby Enchanted City (Ciudad Encantada). Local museums to visit include The Museum of Abstract Art, Castile-La Mancha Museum of Sciences and the provincial archeological museum.
Fifth Night: Parador de ALBACETE
The largest city in Castile-La Mancha awaits you at its Parador, which resembles a La Mancha estate. In the city, you can visit the Municipal Archeological Museum or walk along the streets of a city which truly knows how to enjoy the little things in life. Near the Parador, you will find Chinchilla de Montearagón. It is well worth the effort to climb up to the castle to look out over La Mancha and the plains which have made it famous. Other worthwhile visits include Alcala del Júcar and the Alcaraz y Segura Mountains.
Sixth Night: Parador de ALMAGRO
This whitewashed town awaits us on the La Mancha plain, like a ship rising up over a sea of flatlands. The city has a number of points of interest, including the Fucares Storehouse, the famous Corral de Comedias (an open-air theatre), the pretty Main Square (Plaza Mayor) and the National Theatre Museum. Also noteworthy are the many stately homes and palaces which you will come across in various parts of the town.
Seventh Night: Parador de MANZANARES
This is a spot to rest and relax on this route through the lands of La Mancha. Close to Manzanares you will find peaceful natural spots such as the Ruidera Lakes or Tablas de Daimiel. The latter is must-see for bird watching enthusiasts, a protected area where visitors can discover nature in all its vibrant life.