Ciudad Real

Ciudad Real [ θjuða (ð ) real] ( in German: royal city, founded as Villa Real, also called Zumba Real) is a Spanish city and the capital of the homonymous province. It is located in the autonomous community of Castile -La Mancha.

The city is located about 200 kilometers south of Madrid, 628 meters above sea level and has an area of 285 square kilometers. The inhabitants are called Ciudadrealeños. They live mainly in the four districts: Ciudad Real, Las Casas, Valverde and La Poblachuela.

In Ciudad Real, there are significant historical traces like the house of Hernán Pérez del Pulgar (15th century), the Casa Real de la Caridad ( House of Light 18th century ), the church Iglesia de la Merced ( Mercy Church 18th century), the church Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol (15th century) and the Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol (14th century). In addition, the city is the seat of the provincial government, and as headquarters of the University of Castilla -La Mancha, a university town.

On the outskirts of the city, just a few kilometers away, lies the hill of Alarcos important for archaeologists because of its secluded medieval castle and as the scene of the battle of Alarcos in which the Castilians were defeated by the Almohads ( Islamic dynasty in Spain) 1195 devastating. To the south is the volcanic region of Campo de Calatrava, one of the three most important volcanic areas of the Iberian Peninsula.

The economy is largely determined by wood carving, esparto grass, raffia, leather, ceramics and textile production. Regional gourmet delights are pisto manchego (regional dish made of different tomatoes, peppers ), caldereta ( lamb stew ), tiznao, asadillo, flores, bizcochá and arrope. The cultural highlight is on July 31, the feast of Pandorga and on 15 August, the day of the Virgen del Prado ( Virgin of the meadow / of Angers).

A 2008 eröffneter airport, which only bore the name of Don Quixote de la Mancha and was later renamed Aeropuerto Central Ciudad Real, should, with its 4000 meters long, suitable for large aircraft take-off and landing runway poach among other traffic from congested metropolitan area of Madrid. Instead, he had in November 2011, just three years after its opening, the absence of traffic are closed again, and is one of the largest investment ruins of Spain. In August 2013 it was announced that the insolvent company operating CR Aeropertos the airport a sale at a price of about € 100 million - compared to more than 400 million euro construction costs - seeks. It should be possible to find a buyer December 27, 2013, the airport is a public auction to the highest bidder by the insolvency administrator.

BM Ciudad Real was one of the top teams in European handball. The four-time Spanish champions won in 2006, 2008 and 2009, the EHF Champions League. For economic reasons, the team moved to Madrid in 2011 and played there ever since under the name BM Atlético de Madrid as part of the known mainly by its football department clubs Atlético Madrid.


  • Javier Botet (* 1977), actor