Capital of La Mancha, land of Don Quixote, Ciudad Real sits amongst the local, windmill dotted plains, a working, but charming city forever indebted to Cervantes' romantic imagery.
The name, which translates to 'Royal City' comes from its founder, King Alfonso X The Wise, in the 13th Century. Subsequent monarchs bestowed gifts upon the city too, such as four kilometres of protective wall, more than a hundred towers, several wonderfully Gothic churches and a 16th Century cathedral. Ciudad Real's architecture exposes the city's Christian and Muslim influences, melded indiscriminately into something fresh.
Modern Ciudad Real is probably most popular for its food, especially game and cheeses, and wines. The Plaza Mayor and the area around it are good places to start tasting, but there are numerous vineyards which will open their doors to you on the plains outside the city.
Summer School Venue
The event is being held at University of Castilla la Mancha (UCLM).
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Av. Camilo José Cela 50
13071 Ciudad Real
Accommodation will be provided at Hotel Doña Carlota.
Ronda de Toledo 21
13005 Ciudad Real