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Ciudad Real (Spanish for: Royal City) is a city in Castile-La Mancha, Spain with a population of 73,124. It is the capital of the province of Ciudad Real. It has a stop on the AVE high-speed rail line and has begun to grow as a long-distance commuter suburb of Madrid. A high capacity airport (Ciudad Real Central Airport) has been built to serve the city, it is now open. The beginning of the construction of a new Caesar's Palace Casino is planned.



Cathedral of Ciudad Real

During the Middle Ages, four kilometres of walls and one hundred and thirty towers protected a population made up of Christians, Moors and Jews.

After the unification of the Iberian kingdoms under the Catholic Monarchs, Ciudad Real became the capital of the province of La Mancha in the 17th century (1691). This fact favoured its economic development which was spilled into important buildings. The city was founded by Alfonso X in the 13th century(1255) to fight against the Military Order of Calatrava.

The city was surrounded by walls. Nowadays, there are only two parts of the wall left.


Jardines del Prado

Don Quixote's Museum is situated next to Parque de Gasset.

The Museo Elisa Cendreros exhibits an old collection of fans and wrought wood.

The Iglesia de Santiago is the oldest church in Ciudad Real. It was built at the end of the 13th century. Its style is Gothic. It has three blocks divided into two parts. Its decorated with gothic paintings and with seven-headed dragons, they were used such us amulets against the bad spirits. The ceiling is decorated with stones forming eight pointed stars.

Another important church in Ciudad Real is Iglesia de San Pedro (Church of Saint Peter). It is the monument that has more interest and quality of the city. It was built between the XIVth and XVth century. Its style is Gothic. Inside we can find the tomb of Chante de Coca, confessor and chaplain of the Catholic Monarchs.

In the centre of Ciudad Real is the Plaza Mayor.

One of the most popular festivals in the city is La Pandorga, which takes place July 30th and 31st. On the last day of the month the festival honors its patroness “La Virgen del Prado.” The usual attire consists of jeans, a white shirt, and the traditional handkerchief.


University of Castilla la Mancha, in Ciudad Real.

The city has a handball team, the BM Ciudad Real, which was the winner of the handball EHF Champions League in 2006, 2008 and 2009. The handball club is one of the best in the world and its hall, the Don Quixote Arena, is one of the biggest in the Spanish professional league.


Ciudad Real has 18 Primary Schools and six high schools. The High School "Torreón del Alcázar" was founded in 1987. In the first years there were only vocational studies, thirty teachers and 350 students. Some years later the high school incorporated the Compulsory Secondary studies and A levels. At the moment there are 93 teachers and 1000 students. In the year 1995 the High School was offered to become a bilingual school. And in the year 2005 the first bilingual group arrived.

Diputación Provincial

Natives of Ciudad Real

  • Hernán Pérez del Pulgar (1451 - 1535), captain of the Battle of Granada
  • Manuel Marín (born October 21, 1949), politician and former president of the Spanish Congress
  • Fernando Luna (born April 24, 1958), professional tennis player
  • Manuel López-Villaseñor (1924-1996), painter
  • Juande Ramos (born 1954), former manager of Real Madrid Football Club
  • Manuel Hidalgo Castaño (born 1947), Sculpto of numerous statues in Ciudad Real to include Quijote Arena [1]

Coordinates: 38°59′N 3°56′W / 38.983°N 3.933°W / 38.983; -3.933


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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Castilla La Mancha : Ciudad Real

Ciudad Real is a town in Castilla La Mancha, Spain.

Get in

By train

Frequent trains run to and from Madrid and less frequently to Almagro. There is direct connection by bullet train (AVE) with Madrid.

By bus

A few buses a day run to and from Madrid, Almagro, Jaen and Valdepenas.

  • The Mudejar (arab) Puerta de Toledo from the former city walls.
  • The Don Quixote Museum


Tapas bars are plentiful near the Plaza San Francisco, Plaza del Torreon, and Plaza Mayor, serving regional specialties (pisto manchego) and national favorites (tortilla espanola). Thursday through Saturday nights, the Plaza del Torreon fills with young people drinking the hours away until the discos open around 3AM.

  • NH Ciudad Real, Avenida Alarcos, 25, +34.92.6217010 [1]. In the heart of the city, this hotel is situated close to the Cathedral and City Hall.
  • Hotel Manzanares, Carretera Valencia S/N 13200 Manzanares, Ciudad Real 13200, +34926610800, [2]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:30. En pleno centro de la mitad Este de Ciudad Real, es ideal para hacer un alto en el camino para los viajeros que se desplazan de Andalucía hacia Levante y el Norte o viceversa, para los comerciales que tengan que visitar a clientes de la provincia, para cazadores que eligen los cotos manchegos para practicar el deporte de la caza, para excursiones en grupo que desean conocer los bellos parajes naturales y monumentos artísticos de la comarca, etc. 40-84€. (38.9939293,-3.367197) edit
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Simple English

Ciudad Real (this translates to Royal City) is a city in Spain. It is the capital of the province with the same name, in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha.

The city has 69,063 people who live there. It is an average of 628 meters above sea level. The municipal area is 285 km². It is approximately 200 km to the south of Madrid.

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