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Unsuspected Albacete: six places you wouldn't expect to find

Goodbye to rhymes, 120 km / h and the myths that demystify it! Albacete is a province that is worth more for what it hides than for what it teaches, which has to be stripped little by little because the result is Champions League. Therefore, anything that is said about this region may seem a surprise although, in advance, here are these six.


Despite having that air so New York manchego (as if it were a white mark) it is sometimes worth remembering that in the capital not only governs rationalism and agro-urban needs. 'Harvarcete' could also be an 'Albacini' lombardo with Catalan influences. Especially when walking through the bright and decorated Lodares Passage, the most beautiful gallery in Spain.

What makes this hall special between Tinte and Mayor streets It is not so much its uniqueness as its decoration, a kind of harmonious hummingbird of Renaissance, Baroque and, above all, modernist influences. Is it pastry? On the contrary, it could rather serve as a small museum of well-made architecture. And to top it off, a long skylight that covers everything and that you saw it from the sun and homogeneous rays. So, everything is perfectly illuminated.

Passage of Lodares, the most beautiful gallery in Spain? © Tourism of Castilla - La Mancha


If UNESCO had a little common sense, it would make Chanante and Albacete humor Intangible Heritage of Humanity. And for this he should start with the mountains, the places that the great José Luis Cuerda chose for his Sunrise, which is no small thing, the great Spanish surrealist film that turns a quarter of a century this year. Because, although here let's make little Hollywood sense of the film business, yes we have some love for ours, hence there is a lady route that runs and tunnels its most characteristic scenarios.

In this small town tour there is no lack of a sculpture of the famous sidecar in which Teodoro (A. Resines) and Luis Ciges (Jimmy) arrive to discover this village so existentialist and that is in a curve-viewpoint near Ayna. Neither a center of interpretation in the Hermitage of the Remedies nor, of course, a statue that recalls that in the Cuerda universe, men are born from the earth. The trip is completed with a stop at the hermitage of Belén de Liétor and the Plaza Mayor de Molinicos. Of course, no one expects so much madness although, in many cases, his mountain routine surpasses the craziest fiction.

It dawns that it is not little © D.R.


The Júcar, when it crosses Castilla-La Mancha, it has an innate ability to generate perfect landscapes where to plant a village man. Its principles are a little more mainstream, with capital Basin and Alarcón in stars plan, but, when crossing the provincial border, the land of Albacete also puts him in a tray to continue with his peculiar talent.

There they appear, between meanders and plains, the bridges of Villalgordo de Júcar, where the exotic gardens of the Palacio de los Gosálvez transport the traveler to the colonies. Or the Almohad walls that defy the ravines of Jorquera, which overlook the great curve of the river.
And finally, the lime houses of Alcalá del Júcar, whose doors smile to the channel while protecting rooms and rooms excavated in the rock. A route where, in addition, the Júcar also gives landscapes of forest paths and impossible curves.

Alcalá del Júcar © Corbis


Bypassing his most chanante side, Ayna and its surroundings are unleashed as one of the most amazing places on the Plateau. From the Devil's Lookout, its miraculous enclave is observed between twisted sickles, vertiginous peaks and green vegetation. And always, with him world river watering and putting a musical background thread.
The consequence of this mixture may seem hyperbolic, although it is true: this resembles the alpine landscapes of central Europe. Come on, a 100% Manchego Switzerland. The enjoyment of this environment is completed with interesting archaeological visits to the Cave of the Moors and his remains of Yedra Castle and the Cave of the Child, where the Levantine style cave paintings shine.

The most impressive viewpoint near Ayna © Corbis


Albacete is one of the provinces with the greatest industrial heritage in the Peninsula, a direct consequence of being between the Levant and the center of Spain, as well as being an advanced agricultural region. Among these small atheist and functional monuments, the Alpera's gigantic snow pit, a hemispherical construction located in the eras of this small town that was used for the production, storage and sale of ice. By its appearance, it looks like a great igloo made of stones that miraculously hold each other to create this great dome. Something that acquires more value if one considers that its origin dates back to the 16th century. So rare that it even seems extraterrestrial, as if they were the cane pyramids (saving the distances).


Within the list of essential natural corners of our geography, the birth of Rio Mundo It has an indisputable place. Located in the mountains, near the town of Riopar, this natural 'childbirth' takes place without caesarean section and it is surrounded by an explosion of greenery. To this chromatic monopoly, water and geology add its whims, since this river is born by the overflow of a cave known to 32 kilometers. Then, the torrent slides down a waterfall about 300 meters high and goes to a small pond. From here, the course continues through small streams between forests that end up forming a strong and sculptural river. More idyllic and overwhelming, impossible. Ideal for hooking nature lovers to science fiction Avataresca.

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