The Tables of Daimiel wetland is the last representative of the ecosystems known as fluvial tables, which is why, among other things, we can dare to say that it is a unique wetland in Europe. The overflows of the Guadiana and Gigüela rivers, together with the flatness of the terrain, have created a natural complex of great beauty that is crossed by various itineraries such as the Path of the Bread Island. These routes through the Tables of Daimiel allow us to enter this fragile ecosystem and enjoy not only the landscape, but also the flora and fauna that inhabit it.
To get to the Daimiel Tables National Park we have to head towards the town of Daimiel, either from Ciudad Real itself or from the town of Manzanares. We can also get there from Puerto Lápice or from Malagón, among other towns. Once there, on the N-420 road that runs around the town, you will find the signs that will take you to the Tables of Daimiel, where you will find car parks.
The park's interpretation centre (0h 00min) is the starting point of the different itineraries that we can do in the Daimiel Tables. On this occasion we will follow the indications of the yellow itinerary corresponding to the path of the Bread Island, the route most followed by the vast majority of people who visit the national park. This simple route allows us to visit many of the islands that have been created here, giving us a magnificent idea of the importance of this wetland. The yellow waymarks guide us smoothly along the entire route. Before starting, or at the end of our route as it suits us best, we can go from the interpretation centre to the acclimatisation lagoon. A small detour that allows us to contemplate the representative group of anatidae, or birds that inhabit the Tables of Daimiel throughout the year. After the visit we return in search of the path of the Bread Island that takes us to the Entradilla Island.
The Island of Rest is the next of the many we will visit today, while we contemplate the characteristic flora and fauna that populate the Daimiel Tables. We continue ahead, leaving aside a detour that we will later continue along. In front of us we can already contemplate the Bread Island, the largest of all the islands we are going to visit today. The route takes us through a forest of tamarisk trees and leads us to the observatory that stands here. The panoramic views from the different viewpoints along the route are unbeatable. After enjoying this watchtower, we return to the route which takes us back to the detour that we had previously left out, taking it and heading towards the Island of Los Tayares. The next one will be the Island of Maturro. The small detours that take us to the observatories that populate the area invite us to take it easy along the route. This route takes us back to the visitor centre (1h 40min), where we will put an end to our route through the Daimiel Tables.
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 760-1 y 760-2 1:25.000".
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The Daimiel Tables were declared a National Park in 1973, and have also been a Biosphere Reserve since 1981, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention since 1982 and a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) since 1988.
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The archaeological site of La Motilla del Azuer is located not far from the town of Daimiel. It is a unique prehistoric settlement dating back to the Bronze Age and is currently the oldest well on the Peninsula.
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Route information updated on 02-12-2020. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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