6 reasons to enjoy sustainable tourism in Castilla-La Mancha
# 6 Landscapes full of charm
One of the most striking and curious scenarios of the country resides in Cuenca; and is none other than the Enchanted City of the Natural Park of the Serrania de Cuenca.
Thanks to the thousands of years of the action of water, wind and ice, we can admire a landscape full of history with its strange geological formations that resemble giant mushrooms.
Another place that deserves a mention are the Cabriel River Chorreras, perfect for a summer bath, or the Natural Park of the Alcudia Valley and Sierra Madrona, where myths and legends crop up.
# 5 Cities that combine nature and history
We can not forget the importance it has had in the Castilla-La Mancha history, and proof of this is the amount of historical heritage that the cities of Toledo and Cuenca have.
But it is not only historical heritage that stands out in these provinces. One of the most dazzling landscapes of the community is in Toledo; the Barrancas de Castrejón y Calaña. Its slight resemblance to the Canyon of the Colorado makes it one of the most curious places of Castilla-La Mancha. The impressive cliffs of Cuenca, with its Hanging Houses, are not far behind either.
# 4 Births of rivers of photography
Possibly, the birth of the Cuervo River is one of the most spectacular and beautiful river births in Spain. Within the Serranía de Cuenca you can appreciate how this river rises from the mountain, falling in different grooves, forming a series of waterfalls framed by green moss. The image that remains as a result seems surreal.
Another of the incredible births that Castilla-La Mancha has is the River Mundo, the main tributary of the Segura River, which was born in the Calar del Mundo (Sierra de Alcaraz).
# 3 A paradise for ornithologists
Castilla-La Mancha is dotted with natural paradises that are an authentic oasis for birds and have different figures of protection (for something will be). Among them we find the Tablas de Daimiel National Park, in Ciudad Real, a key wetland in the Castilian geography for many birds that choose it as a habitat throughout the year and others that make it a migration point.
Other examples are the Cabañeros National Park, in Toledo, the Tablas de Daimiel or the Natural Park of the Lagunas de Ruidera, in Ciudad Real, or the Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park. And you have many more to choose from, each with its charms.
# 2 Sustainable tourism
There is no better way to make sustainable tourism than to travel through small towns and eat its gastronomy, talk with its people and soak up their culture and buy local artisan products.
For the local people, life in the villages brings peace and tranquility, although often it also distances them from other opportunities to develop economically.
Go to these towns and give them life: help them grow in a fair way and discover another perspective of the interior of Castilla-La Mancha.
# 1 The giants on the hill
The first image that comes to mind when naming Castilla-La Mancha are its extensive fields and the mills that Don Quixote faced, believing that he fought against giants.
In the well-known Mountain range of the Mills we can see a ten of them raised on a hill, the Hill of the Peace, guarding the endless plains of La Mancha. Thanks to the conservation work carried out, we can still visit one that maintains its original structure and machinery.
Another place where you can see windmills is in Alcázar de San Juan, and finish the visit with a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Lagunar Complex, where many aquatic birds meet.
"He who reads a lot and walks a lot, sees a lot and knows a lot", words of Miguel de Cervantes that we seconded.
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