A modern city with a fascinating past
Ciudad Real, capital of the province of the same name in La Mancha, is a thriving modern city that is proud of its cultural history. The city's architecture clearly reflects this, with three stages beginning with Gothic, moving on to modern and now contemporary, the latter adorning the streets with statues and sculptures, many in honour of the most famous character in Spanish literature: Don Quixote.
An outward looking city
In 2008 Ciudad Real became part of the Spain Conventon Bureau, raising the city's profile as a centre for conferences and other events in Spain. This role was enhanced by the construction of the Ciudad Real Central Airport in the same year. The high-speed train also makes the city more accessible for travellers. From the station in the city, Madrid is just 40 minutes away.
What to see in Ciudad Real?
In the city centre you will find interesting squares, streets of all kinds and unique buildings. The San Pedro and Santiago churches and the Santa María del Prado Cathedral form a historical and artistic complex no traveller should miss. The city contains many other points of interest, including the Quijote and Diocesano museums, the Cervantes Library, Jardines del Prado, Plaza Mayor, Castilla-La Mancha University, the old Casino, the Diputación and El Medrano Palaces and the famous Puerta de Toledo gate.
Relaxing tourism with a wealth of options
Ciudad Real also has other attractions for tourists, such as the many shops in the historic centre and the area's fine gastronomy. Visitors should not leave the city without trying pisto manchego, asadillo, migas de pastor, gazpacho manchego, caldereta de cordero, wild boar, venison, and local wine and cheeses.
The best hotel in the centre of Ciudad Real
So that you can enjoy your stay to the full, Silken Hotels offers you exclusive 4-star accommodation in a pedestrianised street in the city's historical, commercial and financial centre. At the Silken Alfonso X you will find peaceful, spacious, comfortable rooms with every convenience, so that you can rest from busy days devoted to tourism or business. A range of special offers are also available for you to make the most of your visit to this unique city in the heart of La Mancha.