LAGUNAS DE RUIDERA NATURE RESERVE
DISCOVER IT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
On the borders of the Albacete and Ciudad Real provinces, and in the middle of the vast Campo de Montiel, we come across, almost without warning, an oasis of water and flora; the Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve, where at its highest point, the Cabeza de San Pedro, there are the Rochafrida Castle and the Montesinos Cave.
In an area of 4000 hectares there are sixteen lagoons which gradually form waterfalls and streams which start at the first springs which gush forth from the Blanca lagoon until they reach the lower lagoons and the Peñarroya Marsh. In spring the exuberant colour of an abundant and varied flora, receives countless aquatic birds. The water reaches its maximum current during this period and flows from one lagoon to another, in some cases forming small waterfalls.
OSSA DE MONTIEL
Embalse de Peñarroya
Castillo de Rochafrida
Ermita de San Pedro
Laguna Cueva Morenilla
Laguna del Rey
Laguna la Colgada
Laguna San Pedro
Laguna Sto. Morcillo
The summer is the ideal season to enjoy the numerous aquatic activities or for the lovers of nature to go further along the paths which cross the reserve; the autumn on the other hand, reveals to us its hidden spots or the ground carpeted with leaves of all shades of ochre, which give the landscape a glowing contrast to the eternal green of the pine trees and junipers. Serenity and tranquillity are the calling card of the winter which invites you to contemplate an untouched landscape. As the afternoon draws to a close the sunset tears astonishing red glitter off the rocky walls which is indelibly reflected in the stillness of its waters.
HOW TO ARRIVE FROM MADRID
ACCESS FROM THE CENTRAL REGION
From Madrid take the A-4 road towards Andalusia and turn off at the exit for the town of Manzanares. Passing this town join the N-430 road where you will pass the towns of Membrilla, Alhambra and La Solana until you arrive at the town of Ruidera where, before entering the town, you need to turn off on the right for the Lagunas road. Immediately afterwards take the first road on the left, on a steep hill, and take another left and you will come to the Doña Ruidera Apartment Hotel.
HOW TO ARRIVE FROM VALENCIA
ACCESS FROM LEVANTE
From Levante take the Mediterráneo Dual Carriageway until you arrive at the city of Albacete which you by-pass towards Manzanares via the N-430. Barrax, Munera and Ossa de Montiel are the towns you will pass before arriving at the town of Ruidera. Once in this town, cross it completely and you will arrive at a stop sign to turn left onto the Lagunas de Ruidera road. Immediately afterwards take the first road on the left, on a steep hill, and take another left and you will come to the Doña Ruidera Apartment Hotel.
From Murcia take the A-30 until you reach the La Mancha town of Hellín where you take the CM-313 highway, passing the towns of Pozohondo, San Pedro, Lezuza and Munera where you will join the N-430 towards Manzanares until reaching Ruidera. Once in this town, cross it completely and you will arrive at a stop sign to turn left onto the Lagunas de Ruidera road. Immediately afterwards take the first road on the left, on a steep hill, and take another left and you will come to the Doña Ruidera Apartment Hotel.