Daimiel Tables

The Tables of Daimiel, a natural paradise in Ciudad Real

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Daimiel Tables
Daimiel Tables

Ideal time to visit

Las Tablas de Daimiel always see summer as their great date of the year. When the days get longer and the sun illuminates and warms the days more strongly, this natural paradise increases the value of its park for the fauna of the region. Despite the fact that in this community there are not many rains, for the Tablas de Daimiel they have not prevented this from being an ideal time to enjoy the natural wealth of the Manchego National Park, which constitutes like an oasis of life and water in the middle of the dry La Mancha plain.

The ideal time to visit is at sunrise or sunset of the day, since the birds usually take refuge from the heat in the central hours of the day, as long as it is visited in summer. However, the rest of the year it can be visited at any time of the day. But nevertheless, On these dates, many flowers and shrubs begin to bloom thanks to the hours of sunshine they have, and preserving the green color of spring chlorophyll, make an idyllic time to visit it and see plants, flowers and trees like: The Carrizo, the Aeneas or the Masiega.

The Carrizo
The Carrizo

At dusk the song of the Common Frog, the Little Frog of San Antonio and the Sapillo Pintojo resound everywhere., If we look carefully at the water we can see a multitude of crabs along with tadpoles and Gambusias in the waters. In the central hours of the day, the European Galapago and the Water Snake sunbathe from the vegetation on the shores.

Being the smallest wetland that makes up the National Park in Ciudad Real, the smallest in Spain, It is located in the terms of Daimiel and Villarrubia de los Ojos, in the province of Ciudad Real, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha. It is also a SPA and part of the La Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve. With almost 200 thousand visitors annually (2015), Las Tablas de Daimiel is the thirteenth national park in Spain in number of visitors.

The Tables of Daimiel
The Tables of Daimiel

How are the Tables of Daimiel formed?

They are formed by the overflow of the Guadiana river and its tributary Cigüela, situation that is favored by the low slope of the terrain. He is one of the last remaining representatives of the river tables in Spain, hence the importance of its conservation as one of the most unique ecosystems in the country. In recent times they were in serious danger of disappearance, due to overexploitation of aquifers. They were even on the verge of losing Unesco recognition as a Biosphere Reserve. Thanks to transfer projects from the Tagus and the rains that have fallen in recent seasons, life in the natural space has resurfaced.

Las Tablas are one of the last representatives of an ecosystem called fluvial tables that are formed when rivers overflow in their middle sections, favored by phenomena of semiendorreism and the scarcity of slopes. The wetland is formed at the confluence of the Guadiana River and its tributary Cigüela and is one of the most important aquatic ecosystems in the Iberian Peninsula due to the variety and quality of the fauna and flora that inhabit it., as well as by those birds that use it in migratory passages.

What to see in Las Tablas de Daimiel?

The main attraction is its flora and fauna, already mentioned above, but nevertheless, the latter mainly made up of migratory birds that come here to reproduce. The purple heron and the gray heron stand out among all. But you can also find amphibians, reptiles, fish or mammals, like the fox and the otter.

the purple heron and the gray heron is one of the attractions of the Tablas de Daimiel
the purple heron and the gray heron is one of the attractions of the Tablas de Daimiel

The Daimiel Tables itinerary can be done up to 3 ways: Island of Pan itinerary (marked in yellow), Permanent Lagoon Itinerary (marked in red), Itinerary of the Prado Ancho Tower (marked in blue). All three itineraries are accessible to people with disabilities. With the exception of the section that includes between Isla de la Entradilla and Isla del Descanso, in the Itinerary of the Island of Bread. As well as access to the first observatory of the Itinerary of the Permanent Lagoon and the last observatory of the Itinerary of the Torre de Prado Ancho.

Where to stay and eat?

Resort El Mirador de La Mancha
El Mirador de La Mancha

A few minutes from the National Park is El Mirador de la Mancha, a fantastic rural complex, located in the heart of nature in Ciudad Real. With different facilities to stay: cabins, tree houses, Rural houses, etc ... There is a high quality restaurant specializing in grilled meat from its own breeding, both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork. An unbeatable cocktail in Ciudad Real both for its facilities, as for its natural landscapes so you can spend a dream weekend.

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