Parador de Manzanares
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- Twin rooms (50)
- Capacity (100)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Airport (190km)
- Station (3km)
Parador de Manzanares - La Mancha Country House (3*)
This attractive hotel, located just off the main road heading south from Madrid to Andalusia, lies in the heart of the culturally and historically rich region of Castilla-La Mancha. Well-known as the birthplace and setting of the adventures of Don Quixote, you can still see some of the old windmills made famous by Cervantes’ iconic tale.
The Parador de Manzanares is located near the towns of Ciudad Real and Valdepeñas, between three of the most beautiful nature reserves of Spain: Cabañeros National Park, the Ruidera Lakes, and the Tablas de Daimiel, which is particularly renowned for its remarkable bird life.
With its white walls, Moorish tiles and pantiled roof, the Parador’s architecture functions as a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary styles. Surrounded by several gardens full of trees, shrubs and flowers, the hotel also has a swimming pool and a play area for younger guests. Wooden furniture, leather chairs and wrought-iron wall light fixtures feature in both communal areas and guestrooms, creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
The Parador de Manzanares also offers two different dining areas, the Azafrán and Albergue dining rooms (with seating either inside or outside), as well as a wide selection of dining options.
Ideally situated, the Parador de Manzanares can be seen as a strategic base for exploring the Castilla-La Mancha area. With its four archaeological parks and the largest number of officially designated nature reserves, nature areas and national parks, this central region of Spain offers a variety of activities for history and nature enthusiasts alike. Many cultural events such as the International Classical Theatre Festival of Almagro as well as the Corpus Christi celebration in Toledo also take place in the region and are worth attending for a valuable insight into Spanish culture and traditions.
Located only 1 kilometre away from the beautiful town of Manzanares, the hotel provides a good access to the city centre and its historical monuments. Do not miss the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church and its stunning 16th century façade or the castle of Manzanares in Plaza de San Blas, which still retains parts of its original keep and bailey.
The majestic city of Ciudad Real (Royal City) is less than an hour’s drive away from the Parador. Ciudad Real’s Santa Maria de Prado cathedral, classified as a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest, dates back to the 16th century and has magnificent features on the inside and outside, such as its colourful dome and Baroque altarpiece. The city also offers visitors a fantastic opportunity to become more familiar with Cervantes’ literary hero thanks to the Don Quixote Museum. This interactive museum is comprised of both art and multimedia exhibits so as to provide visitors with a complete and unforgettable experience.
At the centre of the Castilla-La Mancha region lies the municipality of Valdepeñas. Less than 40 kilometres away from the Parador de Manzanares, this charming little town is mainly known for the wine-growing tradition surrounding it. Indeed, not only do wine lovers have the opportunity to discover the historical aspects of Valdepeñas’ wine-making process in the city’s wine museum, they can also enjoy a taste of the local product in one of the town’s multiple wineries.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.30 from monday to february, from 8.00 to 11.00 on saturday and sunday. Dinner is served from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
The restaurant offers an enticing buffet and recommends such regional specialities – prepared in an open kitchen - as partridge cooked with vegetables, roast shoulder of suckling lamb and Mostillo (grapes cooked with aniseed, cinnamon and cloves).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (01 June until 16 September 2018)
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Parador is 1 km from the town of Manzanares. The town is reached by the Madrid-Andalusia dual carriageway, turning off at km 174. Manzanares is located 63 km. from Ciudad Real, the capital of the province.
Almagro - 32km
Toledo - 123km
Chinchon - 146km
Albacete - 154km
Madrid Airport - 170km
Region & Cuisine
The third largest in area of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Castilla-La Mancha is also the least densely populated region on the Iberian Peninsula with just 21 inhabitants per square kilometre. Extending from the province of Guadalajara to the north of Madrid, down through central Spain to its southern borders with Murcia and Andalusia, this is a region of dramatic landscapes and extensive plains immortalized by Miguel de Cervantes in his world-famous work Don Quijote de La Mancha.
With mountains in the north, mountains in the south, high plains in the east and two major rivers, the Guadiana and the Tajo (Tagus), traversing the region from east to west the climate of Castilla-La Mancha is diverse, to say the least. Classified as ‘Continental Mediterranean’, in general winters are cold and summers are hot, with mild temperatures prevailing in autumn and spring.
Besides Guadalajara, the four other provinces which make up this region are Toledo (the city of Toledo is the region’s capital), Albacete, Ciudad Real and Cuenca. These five cities are really the only major conurbations within this whole vast region, the rest of which encompasses hundreds of small, tranquil villages together with three of the most important nature reserves in Spain: Tablas de Daimiel and Cabañeros National Parks, and Ruidera Lagoons Nature Park. Daimiel and Ruidera are wetlands of great ecological value, rich in wildlife, in particular migratory birds. Cabañeros is representative of the authentic Mediterranean Iberian forest.
Certainly one of the region’s cities, Toledo, is an absolute must to visit. One of Spain’s great artistic treasures, Toledo towers on top of a hill protected by a bend in the Tagus river to form a natural fortress complete with moat, as it were. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Toledo’s old quarter encapsulates most of the historic sights in the city which was for many centuries the capital of Spain and known as the ‘city of three cultures’ – Christian, Islamic and Hebrew. Without a doubt the best view of Toledo is to be had from the Parador, located on a hill across the Tagus valley, preferably in early evening when the light is just magical.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city of Cuenca, dramatically set between two steep gorges and famous for its ‘Hanging Houses’, a number of which were originally built as a palace in the 18th century but are now property of the city. Much of the area of La Mancha traversed by Don Quijote and Sancho Panza lies to the south-east of the province of Cuenca and over the border into Toledo province, and a good place to see some of the famous windmills is in the countryside near the village of Campo de Criptana.
The cuisine of the region is varied. Guadalajara provides lamb and kid, and in particular ‘morteruelo serrano’ – a delicious rich paté of blended meats. Cuenca’s dish ‘par excellence’ is its own version of morteruelo, made here with ground pork liver, game, hen, nuts and a variety of spices. Albacete is known for its gazpacho made with a crunchy flatbread, and for mountain rabbit and hare, while in Ciudad Real you will find many game dishes, several versions of ‘pisto’ (similar to ratatouille), ‘asadillo’ (roast skinned peppers and tomatoes with garlic) as well as excellent lamb stews.
Toledo was, according to Alexander Dumas, ‘the Spanish city where he had eaten the best’. The province is rich in game and the best known dishes include Toledo-style partridge, marinated boar and ‘cuchifrito’ - crunchy pieces of suckling pig – together with many kinds of sweet biscuits and cakes.
The most emblematic product from La Mancha is Manchego cheese, made in over 300 towns and villages from the milk of over half a million sheep raised on the plains. Over the last twenty years or so the quality of La Mancha wines, especially red wines, has improved dramatically and excellent wine is now produced in the region, particularly in the area of Valdepeñas.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.