Alcázar de San Juan, land of windmills, is the centre of many of Don Quixote’s travels. Landscapes through which the famous hidalgo passed and carried out his misdeeds with his faithful companion Sancho Panza seem like scenes inspired by this city. Unmistakable atmosphere on each corner.
The authentic taste of La Mancha. One that goes back to the Spanish Golden Age in dishes mentioned in Don Quijxote such as duelos y quebrantos (scrambled eggs with chorizo), guiso de bodas (typical stew), gachas (porridge), lamb stew or lemon salad. The torrijas, mantecados and bizcocha bring the sweet touch of the exquisite traditional flavours.
Have a stroll and pop into the beautiful Church of Santa María la Mayor, the oldest in the area and the place where Miguel de Cervantes might have been christened. A unique experience. Or discover the charm of the parish church of Santa Quiteria, declared Asset of Cultural Interest; the Posada de Santo Domingo, current municipal museum; the Palace of the Grand Prior with its 13th century Almohade tower, and the House Museum of Dulcinea del Toboso.
From the Stone Age to the present, this city has had a life. And each segment of life is one more chapter in the cultural book of memories. Traditions, corners and emblems reflect this. The birthplace of Cervantes, stage of Quijote, remains of ancient civilisations... Traces of the past to enjoy the city.
The products of the land are the stars of the dishes of La Mancha in this region. The cheese, the ratatouille, the asadillo (roast peppers), the lamb stew, the lemon salad, the porridge, the duelos y quebrantos or the bizcocha add flavour to everyday life in Alcázar de San Juan. You can’t miss out on trying the traditional world renowned food.
Land of wines. The excellent grape that is cultivated here gives life to wines of very peculiar nuances. And the wines of La Mancha have joined the league of the most exquisite and prestigious wines in the world. White, rosé and red, all are an explosion of pleasure on the palate.
The Tablas de Daimiel and Lagunas de Ruidera national parks, or the towns of Campo de Criptana and Consuegra. The natural, historical treasures of these rural areas are worth visiting if you fancy an outdoor leisure experience in direct contact with nature.