The natural wealth of Castile-La Mancha is undeniable: two national parks, seven natural parks, six river reserves… and the list goes on! It is not surprising, therefore, that this region enchants anyone lucky enough to walk its paths every year. Read on and discover some of the most impressive routes in the land of Quixote.
Barranco de la Hoz (Guadalajara)
Travelling this route means entering the Alto Tajo Natural Park, more than 174,000 hectares full of forests and natural gorges that follow the course of the famous Tagus River, the longest in the Iberian Peninsula (1,007 kilometres). Located in Guadalajara, the Barranco de la Hoz route will take you to an impressive canyon of fluvial origin at the foot of the Gallo river, a Tagus tributary. From Corduente, this circular path is a must for nature lovers who visit Castile-La Mancha.
Barrancas de Castrejón y Calaña (Toledo)
There is no doubt that Toledo is a city brimming with history. Proof of this are some of its monuments such as the imposing Gothic cathedral, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz and the Synagogue of Tránsito. However, if you want to complement this historical character with a unique touch of nature, you only have to travel 30 kilometres out of the city centre to Barrancas de Castrejón y Calaña. This is one of those film-worthy landscapes, with impressive reddish-coloured clayey formations created by the erosion of the wind and the waters of the Tagus river. A natural jewel that you can appreciate along a four kilometre route... Are you in?
Route to the source of the Cuervo river (Cuenca)
Cuenca is an ideal place to enjoy hiking in Spain. In fact, in this province of Castile-La Mancha you will find the Serrania de Cuenca Natural Park, which has amazing rock formations and trails through its 73,000 hectares. One of the must-see places in this unique enclave is the source of the Cuervo river, declared a Natural Monument in 1999. Very close to the town of Tragacete, this spring offers an incomparable spectacle of plant and animal life.
Route through the Tablas de Daimiel (Ciudad Real)
If you are visiting the province of Ciudad Real, don't hesitate to explore the Tablas de Daimiel National Park. This is a unique wetland in Spain that you can explore on footbridges and wooden bridges while admiring impressive natural landscapes. If you are a lover of waterfowl, this is one of the Spanish places where to spot these unique species. Do not hesitate to combine visits to locations like Almagro, Valdepeñas and Ciudad Real in these unique surroundings.
Route of the Sculptures of Bogarra (Albacete)
If you are passionate about art and nature, this route is for you. It is an itinerary that combines more than 50 stone and wood sculptures with impressive landscapes through a path marked by the gorge of the river Madera, in the town of Bogarra in Albacete. A six-kilometre route that includes works by sculptors from all over Spain: What are you waiting for to discover this path full of Spanish art?
These are just some of the most impressive paths in Castile-La Mancha. A region rich in nature and perfect for breathing fresh air, discovering unique landscapes and enjoying the journey. Are you in?