Discover the nature of the Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park

Are you ready to admire an oasis in the middle of Castilla-La Mancha? It is a visual spectacle of incomparable scenic beauty offered by the Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park, between the provinces of Albacete and Ciudad Real, highlighting its beauty and exceptional natural wealth since 1933 with its designation as a Natural Site of National Interest.

Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park / Photo: ©Turismo Castilla-La Mancha / David Blázquez

Seize the opportunity, enjoy and naturalize the Ruidera lagoons this autumn away from the hustle and bustle and discover the recently opened new facilities, such as the new interpretation center next to the La Colgada lagoon, which will serve to prepare the visit to the park and help to get to know the natural values of this set of 15 lagoons; the new transformation of the road into a scenic route with a preference for pedestrians and cyclists and all the splendor of autumn, in which the turquoise blue of the waters contrasts with the autumnal yellows and ocher colors of the coastal vegetation and the green of the oak and pine forests is coming… The perfect time for the adventure of nature photography.

Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park / Photo: ©Turismo Castilla-La Mancha / David Blázquez
Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park / Photo: ©Turismo Castilla-La Mancha / David Blázquez

Ruidera Lagoons Nature Park represents, together with Plitvice in Croatia, the best representation of lakes formed by the accumulation of calcium carbonate (tuff), in the form of waterfalls or streams connecting the upper lagoon with the next lower one. The waters that fall into the Montiel field infiltrate into aquifer 24, which has its natural overflow in this area, leading to the source of the Guadiana Alto or Río Pinilla. These waters, extremely rich in carbonates, over thousands of years of precipitation, have formed impressive barriers (natural dams) that give rise to spectacular waterfalls between one lagoon and another.

If you love animals, you can find more than 250 species of vertebrates living in the park, and waterfowl are the ones that quickly attract attention. Most of them are hidden among the marsh vegetation that borders the lagoon, such as rail, redfin or great reed marsh. Among the emblematic species, the wintering populations of marsh grebe and great grebe stand out. They are also located in a very diverse plant landscape, in which the slopes and high areas occupied by common oaks, common oaks, junipers and junipers stand out. lives I feel it. Naturally. lives Get in touch. Naturally. The nature of the parks of Castilla-La Mancha.

Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park / Photo: ©Turismo Castilla-La Mancha / David Blázquez
Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park / Photo: ©Turismo Castilla-La Mancha / David Blázquez

Naturalear is about entering the territory, walking its paths, quietly enjoying the cities and the nature, leaving no other mark than the respect with which we do so. In this way, you can also visit, already on the outskirts of the municipality of Ossa de Montiel (Albacete), one of the most mythical places on the Cervantine Way of Castile-La Mancha, the one in which his hero Don Quixote suffered most intensely and famously in world literature. The Cueva de Montesinos (you need to make an appointment with one of the authorized companies, the reception center will provide you with a list) was generated over the centuries due to the processes of rainwater dissolving in the rocks of the area, and a small stream flows in it. As well as seeing the Hundimiento Falls, Peñarroya Castle, Rochafrida Castle or doing adventure activities such as canoe routes.

And don’t forget to naturalize in the spring with more water in the waterfalls and prepare a tour of the travertine barriers through the viewpoints of Santos Morcillo-Batana, Lengua, Redondilla, ending in El Jundimiento…

Experience Your Space Activities

In addition, you cannot miss consulting the LIVE YOUR SPACE activities program in case you want to participate in any free activity organized in the park or contact the nature tourism companies in the area that will help you discover , appreciate and enjoy every space. You will be able to discover and naturalize this magical space thanks to “Explore your space”, where you will learn about the animal and plant species that inhabit the park, as well as its exciting geological history and the physicochemical characteristics of the formation of karst landscapes, and you can even have an ornithological meeting to observe the birds associated with the lagoons and take a bird photography route, among many other activities.

Will you really miss her?

Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park / Photo: ©Turismo Castilla-La Mancha / David Blázquez
Lagunas de Ruidera Natural Park / Photo: ©Turismo Castilla-La Mancha / David Blázquez

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