Ruidera Lagoons (Lagunas de Ruidera) is a unique natural park located in the southern part of Spain, 240km south of Madrid and 270km west of Valencia. Natural park consists of 16 lagoons located above the La Mancha plain and covers an area of more than 38 square kilometres. The lagoons are connected by waterfalls, rivers and underground streams and the area is considered as the source of Guadiana River.
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Ruidera Lagoons are also called “The mirrors of La Mancha.” The natural park has been established in 1979. Its largest lakes are Laguna Colgada and Laguna del Rey. There are lots of tourists visiting this place every year, so this area offers a number of accommodation possibilities. You can find here small hotels, restaurants, camping sites and private villas, located mostly in or around Ruidera town. You can get to the lagoons from Villahermosa or Tomelloso towns.
The local climate is Mediterranean, characterized by strong fluctuations in temperature, maximum of 43 ºC and minimum of -13 °C, an average annual temperature is around 14 ºC, being the hottest month of July and the coldest month of January. The total rainfall is low, reaching around 400mm per year.
Ruidera Lagoons are considered one of the most interesting natural spaces and beautiful wet lands in the Iberian Peninsula.
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