Spain is amongst the fifty largest countries in the world. The climatic and geographic diversity found in Spain has produced natural spaces of great beauty that reflect the typical to Spanish personality. Spain has the highest number of historic urban compounds that have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Albacete, the biggest city in Castilla-La Mancha region is situated on a vast, flat stretch of farmland of great natural value. This peculiar topography gave the region its old Arab name: Al-Basit - the Plain. The 'Lagunas de Ruidera' - 15 lakes that strech over 35 kilometers and where the Guadiana River originates, lay between Albacete and Ciudad Real provinces. They are part of Albacete parks, the Natural Park of the 'Lagunas de Ruidera' in particular.
Those who love the arts and customs of La Mancha will enjoy a modern city that has preserved all of its traditional flavors. The cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is located in the oldest part of the city's perfect urban layout. This construction in the heart of city is a landmark with an exiting history, taking 400 years to build in a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles. The interior is ornately decorated and contains some superior works of art. For the building alone it is well worth a visit.
Monastery of the Encarnacion is the city's cultural centre, the monastery dates from the 16th century. It is the place for touring cultural exhibits and the original copper ceiling is spectacular. This building is a must see on a visit to the city.
Don't leave the city without first taking a walk under the shade of the trees of famous Albacete parks. El Parque Abelardo Sanchez is favorite hangout for locals and tourists alike. Located in the centre of town and containing plenty of shady trees for those steamy days. Take a walk on the many paths to discover the rich plant life. The park is also the home of a museum for the whole region.
Albacete parks are deeply committed to the conservation and enjoyment of rich, diverse ecosystems. Albacete gardens, just like Albacete parks are well landscaped areas with wonderfully preserved plant life. Los Jardinillos is a great area in the heart of town and the venue for many live concerts in the city. It is used nearly every night in the summer and the variety ranges from classics, jazz to the top local pop bands.
Pay a visit to the Albacete Museum. It has exceptional collections of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Ethnology. Shopping centers, as well as artisan shops devoted to popular crafts such as cutlery, knives and swords, are located around Ancha Street.
The major festival in Albacete is its Fair, which is held from 7 to 17 September, in honor of its patroness, the Virgen de los Llanos, and has been declared of national tourist interest.
A journey through the region will truly let you perceive the intense commercial activity along its main arteries, the piece and quiet of its corners, so typical of La Mancha. Taking a trip to Albacete means to live out the experience that you will never forget.