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Cruising Central Spain

 

On this route that goes mainly through Castilla-La Mancha you will get to know the proper Spain. The Spain of Cervante's Don Quijote with the windmills to boot and the Manchego Cheese. For the outdoor activities we will cross the Serranía de Cuenca before we continue to Madrid. Of course there's plenty to be done in Madrid city but we'll give you a few tips out of the city as well. We will even include the Warner Brothers entertainment park. On our way back we will pass by lagoons, through quirk little villages and then back to the nature reserve of L'Albufera right next to Valencia. Wich brings us back home. A nice varied route with something for everyone



Valencia

Valencia

Whether you do it the beginning or at the end of your trip make sure you take one or two days of time in this city. Highlights are the modern architecture of the City of the Arts and the Sciences, the Oceanographic, the biggest aquarium of Europe and the old city center. Park your motorhome south of the city in the nature reserve L'Albufera on a camping or motorhome parking and pedal northwards to the city; a lovely little trip.

Oceanografic Valencia

From Valencia we go up country towards.....


Albarracín

Albarracin is on the list of the most beautiful villages of Spain and rightly so. It's like stepping back a few centuries in time. 

The Cathedral and the castle, that form the typical skyline of the village, merit a visit. Albarracin even has a Motorhome parking.

Now it's off to the Serrania de Cuenca we go. If you like the outdoors then this is your thing. Lots if hikes and walking paths to choose from, cycling (mountain biking) all over and lots of pine forrest. This is a good place to get lost for a few days. After Albarracin you can go to Cuenca via Teruel or take the more adventurous route through the shortcuts. Take this one and you could end up in:

Albarracin bij nacht klein

Ciudad Encantada

Ciudad Encantada

This means the Enchanted City. Carved limestone formations here form a particularly curious landscape. Over the weekend, it may be busy here with visitors from Madrid.


Cuenca

This UNESCO world heritage city is famous for its hanging houses. If you like abstract art then make sure to visit the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. It's in one of the most beautiful examples of the hanging houses. The rest of the center also breathes and impressively medieval atmosphere. Kick back and relax here for a one or two days. 

Cuenca

Alcalá de Henares

Alcala de Henares

Yet another UNESCO world heritage city. Many madrileños go here for a day trip to escape from Madrid's city buzz.


Madrid

The capital of Spain has it all (except for beaches of course). Even if may say it's not as cool as Barcelona, it is the cultural capital of the country with at least three art galleries of world fame, a relentless nightlife and a whole lot of very good restaurants and tapas bars to sample Spanish cuisine. Legend has it that the Madrileños invented the good life and you will find that it shows. 

The Plaza Mayor is one of the most iconic of Spanish plazas and remember not to skip the Chueca neighbourhood. There is of course plenty choice to go on a shopping spree. But whatever you do, make sure you take your time to get to know Madrid. There is a lot to do.

Madrid

Warner Brothers Movie World Madrid

Warner Bros Madrid

If you brought your children with you then they can indulge themselves here with all their favorite cartoon heroes.


Aranjuez

The Palacio Real, the royal Palace of Aranjuez is a bit like a modest version of Versailles. A gorgeous palace with excellent exotic gardens filled with plants from all Spanish colonies.  

Aranjuez

Toledo

Toledo

If there's a must-see-cities list in Spain then Toledo is third after Barcelona and Madrid. It's one of the most visited and with reason. Wandering around in the old center through the cobblestone alleys you'll stumble upon many a pleasant surprise. The Jews as much as the Moors and the Catholics have build their synagogues, mosques, cathedrals and monastries here. The never ending list of monuments in Toledo is sure to make a lasting impression on you. Take your time. 

Keep in mind that the city is sometimes flooded with daytrippers. At night, when the tourbusses have left, Toledo gets back to breathing its normal serenity again.


Consuegra

If you want to let the folks at home know where you've been you should of course be able to show them the typical picture of the Don Quijote Spanish windmills. The best spot for this picture is Consuegra. There's also a 12th century that can be visite and it also has a motorhome parking.

Consuegra

Lagunas de Ruidera

Lagunas de Ruidera

This is an excellent spot to enjoy nature and splash around in the water for a bit. And moreover it's an excellent destination for the children. Just chill for some time. There are several campings in this area of which we recommend Los Batanes. Pick any other (legal) spot for camping is of course the other possibility


Alcalá del Júcar

Since we can't get enough of it we'll do just one more picturesque village. Alcalá del Júcar is nicely pegged against the mountainside and is also on the list of the 'Pueblos mas bonitos de Espana', the prettiest village of Spain. The 12th century castle on the hilltop and the gorge of the Jucar river are the jewels of the crown. There's also a motorhome parking. If you're not afraid of doing some hair pins and narrow road then take the CM 3218 direction of Cubas through the gorge of the river.

Alcalá del Júcar

L'Albufera de Valencia

La Albufera de Valencia

We're almost back in Valencia now. South of the city you will find l'Albufera, a major rice growing area around a lake. This is where the typical round grain rice of the famous paella is grown. That dish was once invented right here as the staple of the rice farmers. Legend has it that is was first prepared with rat meat. Now the rat has been replaced with rabbit and chicken. So the world famous paella is from Valencia. L'Albufera is now a nature reserve with a beach and nice walking trails. It's a very nice area with some good campings and motorhome parkings in El Saler. By bus or by push bike (about 12 km) it's easy to get to the Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias and the rest of Valencia. In other words this is a very pleasant last stop before returning home (or not).


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