Top 10 Reasons to Live in Castilla La Mancha, Spain

Catilla La Mancha Spain

The Famous Windmills of Castilla la Mancha, Spain

Today’s post sings the praises of Castilla La Mancha, Spain and comes from American auxiliar de conversación, Jaclyn Blackwell

Spain may be a relatively small country in terms of landmass (it’s about the size of Oregon state in the US), but within Spain there are 17 autonomous communities, followed by 52 provinces, then city capitals and finally the pueblos (towns and villages). In my travel experience so far, each little pueblo within giant communities are quite unique when compared to others close by. I have lived in the city of Ciudad Real for the past 2 years as a assistant English language teacher. Ciudad Real is the capital city of the province of Ciudad Real, which is one of the five provinces that make up the community of Castilla La Mancha, Spain.

Top 10 Reasons to Live in Castilla La Mancha, Spain

1. It’s Centrally Located

  • From each of the 5 provinces you can easily travel to any other part of the country using the Renfe train system.

2. Toledo: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Toledo is the capital of Castilla La Mancha and has been declared a World Heritage Site for its extensive cultural and monumental history. It is definitely the most beautiful city in this community and could arguably be the most beautiful city in Spain.
Toledo Spain
Beautiful Toledo, Spain

3. It’s Authentic

  • Castilla La Mancha has a ton of comfortable, laid back  cities and towns that make for an authentic experience that is different from what most people typically associate Spain with (the bull fighting and Flamenco dancing of Andalusia).

4. Free Tapas!

  • Tapas (small plates of food) are served free with cañas (small beers) or a glass of wine!
Garbanzos Tapas

5. Little Rain

  • Low rainfall allows you to enjoy Spanish sunshine almost year round.

6. The Food

  • Must tries are Gazpacho Manchego, Migas, Cocido Madrileño, Pisto Manchego and of course Manchego cheese!

7. The Wine

  • Castilla La Mancha, Spain is one of the largest wine-producing areas in the world and Valdepeñas, a city within Ciudad Real, offers some of the best wines in Spain.
Wine Cheers

Visit La Mancha for great Spanish wines.

8. Breathtaking National Parks

  • Las Tablas de Daimiel and Las Lagunas de Ruidera are two gorgeous national parks and are great places to see some typical Castilla La Mancha landscapes while spending your day having a picnic and swimming.

9. Good for Commuting

  • Madrid is less than an hour away by train making it an ideal region to live in while working in the big city.

10. It is Cheap!

  • Since most of the cities in Castilla La Mancha are relatively low in population, living is cheap. Unlike other major popular cities in Spain you won’t spend a fortune on an apartment, utilities, eating out and transportation. This is really one of the best reasons to live here in Castilla La Mancha.

Photo Credits: pablo.sanchezz_wenjie, madridfoodtour


  1. Breanna Murphy says:

    Hey! I was given the opportunity to go to Fuensalida (Toledo) to teach English during the upcoming year, but don’t know if I’ll be accepting (I think I will), just because it’s such a small little pueblo (about 9,000 people). In your experience in the region, would go go? It’s about 40 minutes outside of Toledo, so I’d like to live there and try and find someone who commutes that I could hitch a ride with, but I’m really scared I’d end up having to live there, all alone (which means paying rent, utilities, and everything on my own – no roommates to cut the costs). So…in short…would you accept this position? Mil gracias! Y espero tu respuesta!

    • Hi Breanna! Sounds like a great opportunity. I’d give it a shot, I’m sure you will find roommates in Toledo and bus systems in Spain tend to work really well. Many teachers carpool too!

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