Exquisite gastronomy of La Mancha brought up to date
The menu of the Restaurant of the Parador de Almagro is a reflection of the rich and varied regional cuisine of La Mancha. Among the specialities you will be able to taste Manchegan stews, the popular aubergines from Almagro, delicious roasted lamb, suckling lamb chops and magnificent La Mancha D.O. cheeses.
A refectory amidst landscaped courtyards
The Restaurant of the Parador de Almagro is located in the former 16th-century Franciscan convent of Santa Catalina between two pleasant landscaped courtyards. In this bright refectory you can try the most traditional regional dishes of La Mancha: migas del pastor (fried breadcrumbs), gachas (a gruel-like dish served with different toppings), duelos y quebrantos, Manchegan pisto.
Type of kitchen
Migas del Pastor (fried breadcrumbs), Manchegan gachas, duelos y quebrantos (scrambled ham, black pudding and bacon), asadillo salad, Manchegan pisto, suckling lamb chops, Orden de Calatrava cod, Manchegan bizcochada (typical dessert).
The Convent of Santa Catalina was built in the 17th c and extensions were added in the following two centuries. The architecture of the building is a combination of Renaissance and Baroque styles, while the original parts of the complex that remain are the refectory and cellar, now surrounded by new patios and spaces built during its conversion into a Parador.
Almagro is closely linked to the Order of Calatrava, one of the most important Spanish religious-military orders. The town was chosen as the headquarters of the order in 1212, and later enjoyed great prestige, augmented by the appointment of Carlos I as Grand Master. It later became the capital city of Spanish theatre in the Siglo de Oro (Spanish Golden Age).