Visiting Villadiego, 11km southwest of Ciudad Real, is the cheese equivalent of visiting a winery. During the one-hour farm tour, you learn the fascinating art of producing queso manchego, arguably Spain's most famous cheese, with tasting an essential part of the visit. Tours don't run to a fixed timetable, so it's advisable to phone ahead during opening hours.

Needless to say, they have a shop where you can buy what you've tried.