Castilla La Mancha has one of the largest surface areas of all Spanish regions, yet it is one of the most sparsely populated. The autonomous community's capital is Toledo, whilst its most populous city is Albacete.
Castilla La Mancha was once grouped with the Spanish capital city of Madrid, but the introduction of autonomous communities resulted in a split due to vast demographical differences between Madrid and the other New-Castilian provinces.
To start your journey to the open spaces of Castilla La Mancha, you'll probably fly to Madrid, Barajas Airport and drive from there.
The government has announced plans to continue investing in the network of motorways to provide residents of La Mancha with easy access to the various municipalities in the region.
The climate in Castilla La Mancha is influenced by typical Mediterranean weather conditions, although the temperatures are often extreme due to the lack of coastal influence. This leads to often hot, dry summers with possible droughts and freezing cold temperatures, especially in the steppe plains and other rural areas. Visitors should take note of the varied weather conditions in La Mancha, with frosty nights and sizzling day time temperatures possible throughout the year.
La Mancha is well known for being the setting of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Despite being somewhat of a plateau, the region is still noted for its examples of traditional Spanish culture, from vineyards and cheeses to windmills and olive plantations. Visitors can get a taste of true Spanish culture by visiting the rural villages and taking in the breathtaking landscapes of both the mountainous regions and the steppe plains.
With such a small population in comparison to its surface area, Castilla La Mancha provides a range of beautiful countryside properties at outstanding prices. You can acquire a 7 bedroom villa in Zulema for as little as 220,000 Euros, whilst the few urbanised areas of the region also offer excellent value for money.