The area of Castilla-La Mancha is so large that it is dealt with in two parts. In the previous section that dealt with the high plateau of the Meseta we travelled through the western part of Castilla-La Mancha (Vinos de Madrid, La Mancha, Mentrida, and Valdepeñas). It is now time to visit the eastern part of Almansa.
Almansa is situated on the high plateau of the Levante, close to the autonomías of Valencia (Alicante, Utiel-Requena, and Valencia) and Murcia (Bullas, Jumilla, and Yecla). Although Levante is the Spanish name for the east coast and therefore strictly only applies to Murcia, Almansa’s position and isolation justifies our dealing with this enclave of La Mancha within our section on the Levante. The climate in this eastern part of Spain varies between a distinctly Mediterranean one on the coast to a semi-continental one with Mediterranean influences in Almansa.