Discover the exciting history of Albacete in the heart of La Mancha, and its culture full of allegories that take us to its past, during the times of Don Quixote. Apart from its culture, Albacete is a city that will surprise you with the nightlife it has to offer, which is divided in the areas of Titis and la Zona. It is certainly one of the provinces that has more rural tourism on demand in Spain, so we recommend that you book your accommodation way ahead of time, so that you you can make sure you book the one you like the most. Get deep into the biggest province in Castilla La Mancha and get lost away in its wide tourist offer.
Let Albacete show you each of its magical places hidden in its territory. This region, the capital of the autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha, is the perfect destination to get some rest and visit its most famous attractions such as its huge cathedral, honouring San Juan, or the festivities also dedicate to him, which are considered of International Tourist Interest and that you shouldn't miss if you're staying during September.
Knowing which are you would like to visit is an important thing you should know before you book your accommodation here, since the province of Albacete is one of the biggest ones and most rural accommodations further away one from another. You will find here mountains as well as plain, apart from accommodation near the city, so what will you find if you stay I this province? We can guarantee that wherever you go you will find a quiet and comfortable environment. But if you're more into moving around instead of staying just in one place, we suggest you take a look at the map in order to plan your trip. Our personal recommendation is staying somewhere near Nerpio, Ontur or Riópar. If you're looking for something more inbetween rural and urban, Alcalá de Jucar, Hellín, or Almansa are charming destinations that we highly recommend.
We also recommend Lagunas de Ruidera, one of the biggest wetlands in the country. It has 15 natural pools, 11 of which are located in this province, which during rainy season leave us with some of the most beautiful waterfalls. In Hellín you will find another impressive natural attraction: the Pitón Volcánico, which paints a striking contrast with its environment, resulting in a volcanic pipe.If you're looking for mountains, Albacete is in a privileged location for hiking and mountain bike activities in the mountains of of Alcaraz, and Segura, both of them historical regions of the province, and ideal destinations for a rural getaway. If you're more of a sports lover, don't forget to visit the surroundings of the Cabriel river, that from its cradle to its mouth, will prove for an ideal expedition for explorers. We need to also mention the hiking routes of Canal de María Cristina, crossing the mountains, the Procomunal and the last stage, known as the Vía Verde. And what you definitely shouldn't miss is the the quintessential natural scenery of Albacete, that you can read about in >this entr about the Natural Reserve of Calares and the birth of Río Mundo.
As for the cultural scene it offers, some of the most interesting places to visit are the buildings from the 19th and 20th century that you can see when you walk around. You also have many museums and cultural attractions at your disposal , since culture is one of the pillars in this area. There are also several Quixote-themed, and many other historical and artistic themed tours in the city that you should check out, such as the Ruta de Don Quijote, the Ruta Mudéjar, and the Ruta Gótica. If you're more into Ancient history, Tobarra is home to the biggest archaeological site of Castilla La Mancha: Tolmo de Minateda. Other places of tourist interest in the area that you should consider are the Pasaje de Lodares shopping centre, Casa Perona (a palace built in the Rococo style), the Centro cultural La Asunción and the church of the same name, the Fábrica de Harinas de San Francisco or the small palace of Fontecha (we recommend you check the timetable before you go there, as otherwise it could be closed), and the cutlery museums of de la cuchillería (very important in Albacete), and the provincial museum of Albacete... and many other places, so that you'll probably need to visit the city a second time with so many things to see :)