Tablas de Daimiel National Park
It was cataloged as such in 1973 and reclassified in 1980.
It has an area of 1,928 hectares. It is located in Ciudad Real, in the La Mancha region. Covers the municipal terms de Daimiel and Villarrubia de los Ojos. It has an ecosystem called river tables, formed by the overflow of the Cigüela, Guadiana, Záncara and Riánsares rivers and their too flat territory, which makes the waters not run easily and form tables.
The park is a wetland, which has become an Integral Zone of aquatic birds, which go there to nest, winter and as a herd. The flora and fauna of the park is characterized by having aquatic plants and animals.
Ruidera lagoons (Photo)
Activities: In the park there are 3 established hiking routes: Itinerary of the permanent Lagoon, Itinerary Torre Prado Ancho, Itinerary Isla del Pan. Information in the same park.
Its weather: it has very hot and dry summers (40º) and cold winters. It has low rainfall (450 mm per year) and is concentrated in autumn and spring.
Your Access: by the A-IV that goes from Madrid to Andalusia, exit Puerto Lapice. Then take the A-43 to Daimiel.
His Flora: like trees the tarayes. Aquatic Plants: reed beds, dandelions, lemon trees, reed beds, taxa (endemic to Ciudad R.)
Its Fauna: great crested grebe, grebe, black-necked grebe, herons, egrets, hammerheads, mallard, red duck (symbol of the Park), wigeon, common teal, common spoon, frieze mallard, ardeidae as purple heron, gray heron, bittern, el Bittern, Great crested grebe, rail, white-faced smoker, lapwing, baskets, curlews, little busts, Wild boars, foxes, rabbits, otters, weasels, face dormouse, San Antón frog, gallipat, spotted toad, spurred toad, runner toad, European pond terrapin , leprous terrapin, water snakes, bastard snakes, carps, youngsters, calandines, comizas barbels, tusks.
Services: Wildlife observatories, Signposted itineraries, Guided visits to the Park, Informative material, Interpretive panels, Parking, WC, the Interpretation Center adapted for the disabled, not the park, fountains, telephones, picnic areas,
Visits of Interest: water mills, some from the Middle Ages. AtManchego Water and Wetlands Interpretation Center, they exhibit a monograph on the mills, Las Tablas de Daimiel and Natural Park in general (Address: Apdo. Correos 3. 13250-Daimiel, that is, in the Parque del Carmen de Daimiel (Ciudad Real), Tel .: 926.69. 31.18).
Cabañeros National Park
It has an area of 39,000 hectares. It is shared between the provinces of Ciudad Real and Toledo. It was declared as such in 1995. It is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. It is located in the Montes de Toledo (Toledo Province, northwest of the Ciudad Real province (Region of Montes). It is bordered to the west by the Estena River and to the east by the Bullaque River. It occupies the El Chorico and Rocigalgo and the mountains of Miraflores and La Celada. Located to the south is the Raña de Santiago. On the part of Ciudad Realcovers the populations of: Retuerta de Bullaque, Navas de Estena, Horcajo de los Montes, Alcoba de los Montes, Santa Quiteria. On the Toledo side, it covers the towns of: Los Navalucillos and Hontanar.
The park is made up of wooded mountain ranges, full of trees, Mediterranean-type scrub and all kinds of fauna, highlighting mammals and birds. Its landscape is formed by extensive rañas with rich seasonal grasses, which offer food to a multitude of animals.
Activities: in the park you can fish and there are equestrian routes and 2 hiking routes (the Boquerón del Estena and Gargantilla), quads, buggies, archery, rappell climbing, painball, canoeing, off-road routes, clicloculturism
Its weather: it is very cold in winter with precipitation in the form of snow and cool in summer.
Your Access: from Ciudad Real there are several bus lines that go to the park. By road: Ciudad Real to Alcoba de los Montes and from there, to Horcajo de los Montes. Or from Ciudad Real to Pueblo Nuevo, Retuerta, and you enter through Navas de Estena. From Toledo, take the Ctra. N-403 to El Molinillo and there continue along the same roads through Pueblonuevo de Bullaque, Santa Quiteria and Alcoba de los Montes; or else, take the Retuerta de Bullaque detour until reaching Horcajo de los Montes or towards Navas de Estena. The CM-4157 road, and more specifically Km. 37, leads to the Gargantilla walking routes.
His Flora: gall oaks, maples, holm oaks, cork oaks, rockrose, heather, strawberry trees, rosemary, hawthorn, lavender, labiernagos, mastic, durillos and blackberries, holly, buttercups, yellow water lilies.
Its Fauna: 200 species of birds: large raptors, such as the black vulture, the Iberian eagle, the golden eagle; birds that inhabit rañas, the bustard, the little bustard, the cogujada, etc., and birds of the groves: the kingfisher, the oriole, the nuthatch. Mammals: deer, wild boar and roe deer. Amphibians and reptiles. Fishes.
Services: Casa Palillos Visitor Center between Pueblonuevo de Bullaque and Santa Quitería. Tel .: 9126.96.36.199, is the Park Interpretation Center. Another Visitor Center is located inChoker Information Center, Reservation phone. 926/78 32 97. Other services of the Park: Wildlife observatories, Signposted itineraries, Guided visits to the Park, Informative material, Interpretive panels, Parking, WC, the Interpretation Center adapted for the disabled, not the park, fountains, telephones, picnic areas , children's recreational route with botanical trail, shelters,
Visits of Interest: typical huts of the area, shepherds' shelters. You can visit the beautiful towns of: Retuerta de Bullaque, Piedrabuena, El Robledo, Navas de Estena, Horcajo de los Montes, Santa Quiteria. Arranged visits to cheese factories, wineries and (oil) mills.
Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park
It has an area of 3,772 hectares. It is shared between Albacete and Ciudad Real.It is located exactly in the Campo de Montiel region in Ciudad Real. It is the most important wetland in Castilla La Mancha. It was declared as such on June 11, 1979. It consists of 15 lagoons that are linked to each other, separated by natural walls and waterfalls. They form a spectacular and wonderful landscape. They have a length of 25 km. They begin at the source of the Guadiana river, called Guadiana Alto until reaching the Peñarroya reservoir.
It is a land, whose origin is from the Mesozoic era: clay and gypsum marls from the Triassic and dolomites from the Lower Jurassic. Its vegetation is the typical Mediterranean and also that of the Plateau.
Understand the municipalityde la Ossa de Montiel in the province of Albacete, and in the province of Ciudad Real it includes the following municipalities: Argamasilla de Alba, Alhambra, Villahermosa and Ruidera. This park has very beautiful places. The lagoons are: Colgada, Conceja, Tomilla, Tinaja, San Pedro, Redondilla, Lengua, Batana, Salvadora, Sto.Morcillo, del Rey, Cueva Morenilla, Coladilla, Cenagosa and Blanca.
Activities: trekking. You can do the Ruidera and Campos de Montiel Lagoons Route, which passes through: Albacete Barrax, Munera, Ossa de Montiel, Munera Lagoons, Rochafrida Castle, San Pedro Hermitage, Montesinos Cave, El Bonillo, El Ballestero, Lezuza and Balazote.
Its weather: Mediterranean climate with marked extreme temperatures.
Your accesses: Take Ctra. N-430 from Albacete to Ruidera, but can also be accessed via Ossa de Montiel. By the AB / CR-650 and the 151. Also from the N-430 and then the AB / CR-650 and the 151.
Its services: signposted itineraries, guided visits to the park (organized in advance), it has informative material and interpretive panels.
Your Flora:poplars, white poplars, elms, holm oaks, junipers, junipers and bushes of gorse, kermes oak, broom, rosemary, lavender. reeds, rushes.
Its Fauna: mallards, red ducks, grebes, tufted porrón, seagulls, marsh harrier, bustards, swamphen, partridges, quails, turtle doves, badgers, otters, rabbits, hares, foxes, wild cats, voles of Cabrera, bats. Fish such as: pardilla, boga, carp, barbel, blacbás. Reptiles: San Antonio frogs, Leper Galapagos, ocellated lizards
Visits of Interest: Interpretation Center Fuente del RecreoIt has an interpretive path of 3 km. In La Hoz de San Vicente, cave paintings from the Iron Age. They represent hunting scenes. Castle in the Peñarroya reservoir (Argamasilla de Alba). You can visit the Castle of Rochafrida, (Ossa de Montiel) and Cueva de Montesinos (Ossa de Montiel) and Motillas.
La Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve
It has an area of 25,000 hectares. It was declared as such in 1980. It is located in the region of Montiel (Ciudad Real) for the most part and includes the municipalities of Villahermosa, Alambra, Argamasilla de Alba and Ruidera in Ciudad Real; and a small part in Albacete embracing the municipality of Ossa de Montiel.
The charm of this park lies in its lagoons and the water in general. This humid area has become a resting, nesting and feeding area for aquatic birds. Not in vain has it been declared a ZEPA and RAMSAR bird reserve. In addition, it has a great variety of Mediterranean-type flora and another endemic to the plateau, which complete this natural reserve.
Its weather: Mediterranean climate with marked extreme temperatures.
Your Accesses: take the Ctra. N-430, the AB / CR-650 and the 151.
Your Flora: riverside forests, reed beds and bulrush, holm oaks, junipers. 800 species of flowers.
Its Fauna: aquatic birds, raptors, mammals, fish (vogue, carp), amphibians and reptiles.
Its services: heRuidera Park Visitor Information and Reception Center. (Tel .: 926 528 116). Guided visits, Signposted itineraries, Interpretive panels, informative material, WC, children's playground in Ruidera, Fountains in Ruidera,
Visits of Interest: the Castle of Rochafrida, (Ossa de Montiel, Albacete) Castle of Peñarroya (Argamasilla de Alba, Ciudad Real) and Cueva de Montesinos (Ossa de Montiel) and Motillas (C. R.). Interpretation Center of the Park.
Natural Area of the Alcudia Valley and Sierra Madrona
It is located in the Calatrava region. It is a wetland, which is currently being established. ASAJA Ciudad Real has requested to appear in the public process of preparation of the Natural Resources Management Plan (PORN) of the Alcudia Valley and Sierra Madrona, a step prior to its conversion into a Natural Park. It is expected to be ordered as a Natural Park.
It is the ideal place to reserve and nest birds, especially the Crane. It will be available soon. It has an area of 200,000 hectares. of the province of Ciudad Real.Covers the municipalitiesfollowing: Almodóvar del Campo, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Hinojosas de Calatrava, Fuencaliente, Solana del Pino, San Lorenzo de Calatrava, Mestanza, Puertollano and Brazatortas. The natural entrance to the park is in Puertollano.
Its extensive pastures and the reigning ecosystem make it ideal for raising acorn-fed pigs and therefore for the subsequent preparation of rich acorn-fed Iberian ham. Specifically, Almodóbar del Campo has established itself as a standard-bearer for this issue.
HeAlcudia Valley and Sierra Madronacommunicates Andalusia with La Mancha. Its route is full of sales, to give shelter to the walker. TheRoute of the Knights or Don Quixote, passed through this valley passing through the following sales and towns: Tiertafuera, Almodóvar del Campo, La Venta del Molinillo, La Venta del Alcalde or de la Inés, La Fuente del Alcornoque, La Venta Tejada, La Fuente de la Pizarra, El Val de Las Estacas, El Arroyo de los Batanes, The Paintings of Peña Escrita.
Natural Reserve of the Lagunar Complex of Alzazar de San Juan
It has an area of 695 hectares. of Natural Reserve and 380 Has. Protected Area.It is located in the Alcazar de San Juan. It is made up of 3 lagoons: Laguna del Camino de Villafranca, Laguna de las Lleguas, Laguna de la Veguillas It is an area highly protected by all kinds of entities: RAMSAR (Wetlands of International Importance), ZEPA (Special Protection Area for Birds) , La Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve declared by UNESCO, Wildlife Refuge.
The origin of these lagoons is in the river of the Quaternary epoch, that were partially blind and the lagoons have been formed throughout the centuries.
The ecosystem created around it is typical of wetland areas, as well as its flora and fauna. Plant accustomed to the land of salt water.
Your Flora: Limonio, Suaeda, Salicornia, reeds, reeds, eneas,
Its Fauna: waterfowl: white-headed malvasia, black-billed pagaza, avoceta, tarroblanco, common goshawk, red duck, common pochard, shoveler, tufted duck, black-tailed marlin, fighter, common corregimos, gray heron,
Visits of Interest: Laguna de los Carros, Laguna de Pajares, Natural Reserve of Laguna de Salicor, Esteparia de los Anchos Area, Science Museum.
Services: Guided routes on foot or by bike, Workshops related to the Lagunar Complex.
Natural Monument of El Volcán and Peñarroya Lagoon, which is from the Paleozoic, like all its terrain. It is located in the Campo de Calatrava region, in the municipality ofCorral de Calatrava.
Natural Monument of the Piedrabuena Volcano, It is located in Piedrabuena, Comarca de Montes. Exactly in the Middle Guadiana Basin and Slopes Vertientes (Río Bullaque and Arroyo de Bullaquejo), Sierra de Picón and Piedrabuena, Tabla de la Yedra.