In the heart of the possessions of the Order of Calatrava we find this monumental historic complex, popular because of its theatres and bullfighting. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!
Later on, we suggest you to go on an excursion to the South to visit La Nueva Calatrava Castle, near the town of Arganda del Rey. Other option is to visit the Hoya de Cervera y Macizo de Calatrava Park. If you want a bigger excursion you should visit the capital of Ciudad Real, but if you are of those kinds of persons who like birds you should go to the Tablas de Daimiel Park and visit later the archaeological prehistoric site of Motilla del Azuer (In the East of Daimiel)
If you want to visit buildings you should go to the San Agustín Church, built by the Figueroa family in 1625, which in the past was a part of the Santísimo Sacramento convent; near the square it is the San Bartolomé Parish, but there are other three parishes that are also very remarkable. These are: the Asunción de Calatrava, of Gothic-Renaissance style; the Santa Catalina, built by Franciscans; and the Encarnación, which dates back to the XVI and XVIII centuries. And finally the Madre de Dios Parish Church of a late Gothic style.
A walk around the Barrio Noble will take you back to past years in your visit to the Molinas, Rosales, Prior… houses and the Maestral, marquis of Torremejía or Valparqaíso Counts palaces. Nevertheless you will have to visit these buildings from the outside because there are people still living there.
Asunción de Calatrava Cloister
Other historic buildings are the elegant Almacén de los Fúcares, built in the XVI century with a beautiful patio and a decoration influenced by the Marqués de Santa Cruz Palace; the Rosario University, a Mudejar Church whose façade is decorated with Carlos V badges. In this University there is also a Church containing some famous artworks.
Finally, each month of July the theatre lovers should go to the International Festival of Classic Theatre.
Santo Domingo Square
Corral de comedias
There are many good places where you can sleep in Almagro. 5 minutes from the Plaza Mayor there is the Parador de Almagro, an old convent in a calm place. La Casa del Rector is a hotel which rooms are decorated in three different styles: design, modern and rustic. The Casa Grande hotel is a restored house that dates back to the XVI century. Finally the Retiro del Maestre is a lovely historic hotel with 26 rooms and suites.
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The most typical food to eat in Almagro is the aubergine, which also has Protected Geographical Indications. These aubergines are eaten seasoned with water, oil and species, and it is hold with a fennel stick with red pepper in its inside. There are also typical the porridge, the tiznao, breadcrumbs, ratatouille or the red peppers’ roast. Among the meat are remarkable the deer, the wild boar, the rabbit, the hare and the red-legged partridge. The Campo de Calatrava Oil and La Mancha saffron are ingredients with Designation of Origin. If what you like are desserts you should try the flores manchegas, pestiños, torrijas and mostillo. Other products with Designation of Origin the Cheese and wines like the Dehesa del Carrizal wine, the Casa del Blanco, La Mancha and Pago Florentino wines.
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There are many places in Almagro where you can have a good and quality meal. The Abrasador de Almagro, located in a house from the XIX century is specialized in food from La Mancha and grilled meats. In Entrepatios, you will be able to eat traditional products from Almagro. Other important place is La Muralla, where the chefs cook all kinds of recipes you can imagine. You also can go to Calatrava, a classic family restaurant. And finally, if you are looking for feasts or celebrating events, Venta del Fraile is the perfect place for you.
Finally, we present you a list of hotels where you can sleep in Almagro as well as some restaurants and bars to eat.
NB: Some of the links provided will lead you to websites in Spanish.
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