The vast landmass that lies between central Spain and Andalucia is the land of Don Quijote, although windmills and other places of historic and aesthetic interest are fairly sparsely spread across this flat and benign landscape.
Consuegra is the prettiest and arguably most typical Manchegan village, situated beneath a ridge of a dozen windmills, and where you will put your camera to best use in La Mancha, especially when you focus in on the remains of the castle, itself offering wonderful views across the plains.
Another lovely village worth stopping at is Almagro, with its captivating Plaza Mayor, beautifully created and maintained. Further examples of fine Renaissance architecture can be enjoyed on a leisurely stroll through this pleasant village. Spanish theatre lovers flock here in July, when the town’s theatre, a perfectly restored 16th century theatre, hosts an increasingly popular festival.
Moving south, the city of Ciudad Real has attracted more business and activity ever since being included on the AVE fast track from Madrid to Sevilla. Still, there is not much for the tourist to see here, although it acts a good base for exploring the villages in the area.
La Mancha is of course famous for wine, and it is from this area that literally millions of bottles of wine are produced and sent all over Spain and the world. Valdepeñas is the Denominación de Origen. A good wine to pick up of you’re passing through is Estella