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The Lagoons of Ruidera , Spain
The Lagoons of Ruidera

An oasis of water and vegetation is concealed at the heart of Campo de Montiel, between Albaceta and Ciudad Real.

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The Lagoons of Ruidera Spain
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Lagoons of Ruidera

These lagoons, regarded as the oasis of La Mancha, are located on the border between Ciudad Real and Albacete. They are famous thanks to their abundance of water and greenery, but also because of the contrast they offer in comparison to the traditional landscapes of La Mancha. The 16 lagoons found in the natural park stretch over a total area of 9,884 acres that are filled with waterfalls, torrents, and springs. The difference in height between the first lagoon, La Blanca, and the last, La Cenagosa, is 120m. As far as flora is concerned, holm oaks, hawthorns, elms, and white poplars abound. On the site of the Lagoons of Ruidera, you will have the opportunity to enjoy many activities such as swimming and hiking, but also going on a Jeep ride, on horseback, scuba diving, potholing, paragliding, or competitive fishing. Several restaurants (some of which are only open in summer) give you the chance to try the local gastronomy on terraces generally situated close to a lagoon.

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The Lagoons of Ruidera

The Lagoons of Ruidera , The lagoons , Spain
The lagoons

Within 4000 hectarers sixteen lagoons are staggered, forming streams and waterfalls

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The Lagoons of Ruidera , Ramble along the routes , Spain
Ramble along the routes

There are numerous routes to discover along the way.

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The Lagoons of Ruidera , Summer , Spain
Summer

Summer is the ideal time to enjoy water activities or for nature lovers.

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The Lagoons of Ruidera , Idyllic scenery , Spain
Idyllic scenery

It is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy nature.

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The Lagoons of Ruidera , Waterfowl , Spain
Waterfowl

In spring the lagoons welcome a countless number of waterfowl.

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