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Castile-La Mancha or Castilla La Mancha is a region of central Spain where the fictional Don Quixote fought imaginary windmills. Those windmills can still be seen today, as part of the traditional Manchegan landscape.
Besides the well-known UNESCO heritage capital Toledo, La Mancha has plenty of gems hidden even for those living nearby, due to the predominance of traditional rural activities in large areas and low population density.
As many other regions in Spain, Castile-La Mancha is divided into provinces, each having the same name than the capital city within.
Castile-La Mancha mainly covers a large area of high plateu, known as La Mancha. The land is arid and scarcely populated, being the transhumance of the flocks of sheeps a typical image of the region. More recently, it has adopted a growing dynamic in rural tourism. The isolation of the towns has also served to develop a significant number of products with a protected geographical label of quality, like the Manchego Cheese.
The fame and popularity of Castile-La Mancha is undoubtedly linked to the publication of the novel of Don Quixote of La Mancha. Most events and towns described in the two books, such as the windmills or El Toboso, hometown of his beloved Dulcinea, are here, with few changes after 500 years.