Zafra, Merida, Toledo, Cordoba, Carmona, Benazuza
Just back from a Wine trip to La Mancha, and we were lucky with our choice of restaurants, so happy to share ou experience!
Lunch at the Parador in Zafra: Lovely place, great service, great "rabo de ternero" (veal tail...)
Dinner at Altair (1 Michelin star) in the old Roman town of Merida: Fantastic degustation menu, good value for money (7 courses with aperitifs and 1 & 1/2 bottle of wine under 200 Euros for 2). Walked slowly back to our nice hotel, the Merida Palace (ex Melia). Small room, overcrowded with furniture, good bathroom; not 5 stars but central and cheap on the net!
Toledo: Hotel Palacio Eugenia de Montijo... This was a group booking so we did not qualify for the best room which was even smaller than above, 3 coat hangers only and no space to unpack. But again central, and very quiet. They have bigger rooms too, I believe.
Toledo: Restaurante Adolfo: An absolute must, the best restaurant in the area! and a garrafeira next door which you may visit if invited, with 30,000 bottles of the best wines (Spanish & world)
Cordoba: Very nice lunch in "El Churrasco" in the Juderia. To be recommended, and the Sommelier is a real Pro too.
Carmona: Our favorite Parador. Old fashion service (smiling and competent), best breakfast of the trip. Dinner was at "La Yedra" next door, where we had enjoyed before and again the best "arroz cremoso com setas e trufas brancas". Fantastico!
Tapas lunch by the pool at teh beautiful Hacienda Benazuza in Sanlucar La Mayor, just outside Sevilla (the El Bulli hotel) was very pleasant at 45 Euros / head, but don't expect anything too special for lunch. Their 2 Michelin starred restaurant is in another bracket food wise and pricewise, and only opens in the evening.
Happy to give more details...