Insider tip La Mancha in Spain
The Autonomous Community of Castile-La Mancha, in short La Mancha, is only known by few Spain visitors. However, this region has much to offer, both scenically and culturally. The idyllic landscape is characterized by white windmills , beautiful natural parks such as the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de Ruidera as well as magnificent olive groves and wide vineyards. Don Quijote´s homeland is home of delightful places, sleepy villages and medieval cities such as Toledo with its historical old town, which has been part of the World Cultural Heritage since 1986 and other beautiful places with exciting attractions such as Almagro, Villanueva De los Infantes or Valdepeñas.
These highlights are supplemented by the traditional cuisine of La Mancha, where game dishes and various homemade stews are characteristic. The most famous product of this exciting region, however, is the regional wine. In the largest wine region of Spain, Valdepeñas many excellent white wines of the grape varieties Airen and Macabeo and first class red wines (Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon) are produced. In addition, you can find the delicious Manchego cheese, which is obtained from the milk of sheeps of the breed Manchega, and which is protected under the designation of origin D.O. Queso Manchego. It is available in different age levels, which differ greatly in taste. Besides wine and cheese, La Mancha is also rich in excellent olive oil. The number of local producers producing top-quality olive oils has risen sharply in recent years.
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Best time to travel
La Mancha is a worthwhile destination throughout the year, as each season has its own characteristics. However, the best travel time is in the spring and autumn. In March and April the temperatures are on average at 16-18° C and in May even at 23° C. The usually very dry region flourishes and shines in a sunny green and invites to outdoor activities such as extensive hiking tours.
The months of June-August are the warmest in La Mancha with average temperatures of 30-34° C. At this time it rarely rains and the nights are still long and pleasantly warm. In August the harvest season begins in the region, first with the grape harvest and then from October also the olive harvest. The latter extends into January. This time is particularly exciting, as you can be present at the harvest and the elaboration of these products. Also, there are numerous festivals taking place in the region, especially the Valdepeñas Wine Festival. The temperatures in September are still on average at 28° C and in October still at 22° C. The winters in La Mancha are cold, but usually sunny and the temperatures between November and February are still at an average of 11-15 ° C. The famous Manchego cheese is produced throughout the year, so a visit to a Manchego cheese manufactory is always possible.More