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 towards Andalusia and turn off at the Manzanares exit. At this town, and via one of its ring roads, join the N-430 where you pass the towns of Membrilla, Alhambra and La Solana until you arrive at Ruidera where, before you enter the town, you turn off at the Lagunas road. After around eight kilometres you come across the Los Betanes Campsite, go past its main entrance and 50 metres after this take the turning on the left which indicates the Montesinos Cave and which leads to the Hotel Albamanjon at one and a half kilometres.
HOW TO ARRIVE FROM VALENCIA
ACCESS FROM LEVANTE
From Levante take the Mediterranean dual carriageway until you arrive at the city of Albacete which you by-pass always following the Manzanares direction via the N-430. Barrax and Munera are the towns you pass before arriving at Ossa de Montiel. Within this town turn off at one of its roads towards the CV-3120 road which leads to the Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve. After eight kilometres and without leaving this road at any time, pass the San Pedro chapel and the Municipal Campsite, until you can see the San Pedro lagoon which is where the Hotel Albamanjon is located.
From Murcia take the A-30 until you reach the La Mancha town of Hellin and here take the CM-313 road, passing towns such as Pozohondo, San Pedro, Lezuza and Munera towards Manzaneres where you join the N-430 until you arrive at Ossa de Montiel. Within this town turn off at one of its roads towards the CV-3120 road which leads to the Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve. After eight kilometres and without leaving this road at any time, pass the San Pedro chapel and the Municipal Campsite, until you can see the San Pedro lagoon which is where the Hotel Albamanjon is located. Another option in order to avoid the B roads is to arrive from the Murcia to Albacete motorway and to take the N-430 from there to Ossa de Montiel