Albacete is the largest city on the plains of La Mancha, which lie between Madrid and Spain’s south-eastern coast. Whether you’re passing through or coming for an extended stay, your accommodation in Albacete will allow you to experience the city’s historic areas, wine and tapas cuisine, and the region’s natural landscapes.
Once you arrive, your hotel in Albacete will be your point of departure to all the city has to offer. In the city’s historic quarter, you can stroll along the arcade of the Pasaje de Lodares and its cafés, take in the stained-glass windows of the Catedral de San Juan Bautista, and see the somewhat unusual spectacle of the Museo de la Cuchillería, Albacete’s historic knife museum. The Ruta de Don Quixote also passes through the city, which traces the path of Cervantes’ famous knight-errant, and is a great way to see the sights of La Mancha.
En route to your hotel in Albacete, you may pass by some of the region’s vineyards. Albacete is situated in the Meseta Central region, and its terroirs are home to controlled origins such as Almansa and La Mancha.
Albacete itself is a delight to the taste buds, with traditional tapas restaurants abounding in the city. Local dishes include gazpacho manchego, a combination of bread and a stew made from game meat, as well as chorizo and manchego cheese, another regional specialty. Caracoles – snails – are another traditional dish, especially during the summer along the Paseo de la Feria.
Albacete is an ideal point of departure to some of the region’s picturesque towns, which boast vineyards and spas with restorative, mineral-rich water, such as the Baños de Tus and the Balneario de Benito. Nearby towns include Almansa, with its vineyards and a stately hilltop castle, and Alcalá de Júcar, a picturesque town nestled in a river valley with numerous caves, some of which have been turned into trendy bars and inns.
The Feria de Albacete, held from 7-17 September, is the high point of the year in Albacete. The city swells with visitors from near and far. It features food, music and costumes, as well as a parade procession with dozens of horse-drawn carriages.
Albacete is an excellent option for your visit to the La Mancha region, and an ideal destination for discovering the area’s cuisine and natural beauty. Booking your hotel in Albacete with B&B Hotels is the first step to an unparalleled Spanish holiday!