Walks over the abyss, Hanging Houses and Gothic temples are just some of the many attractions that await tourists in the Spanish town of Cuenca. Here we’ll find peace and adrenaline, nature and history.
Spain has much more to offer apart from beaches and siesta. Tourists, who prefer long walks (not necessarily on the promenade that is smooth as a table), sooner or later will find themselves in the central part of the country - in the region of Castilla-La Mancha. Here, right on the river Jucar, lies a small town of Cuenca. Since it’s located quite away from the main roads, you can find peace and serenity in it.
Suspended over the abyss
Cuenca is located in the foothills of the Sistema Iberico. Even though it looks peacefully, you can experience real horror, especially in a moment of inattention. The old part of the city spreads out just above the precipice between two rivers, Huecar and Jucar. One of the major local attractions are three fifteenth-century buildings - Casas Colgadas, which means Hanging Houses. They are standing (or-as the name implies-hanging) at the edge of the cliff. They are intriguing, but not everyone would be brave enough to live in one of them.
We can admire Hanging Houses from the bridge Puente de San Pablo. They house El Museo de Arte Abstracto Español - one of the best contemporary art museums in Spain. It’s located in a close proximity to the Plaza Mauor, the square where the town hall and the Gothic cathedral, the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Gracia are situated. You should be aware that you are not allowed to take photos inside it.
Monuments of Cuenca
With a wealth of monuments, Cuenca is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the town you’ll find lots of Renaissance and Medieval religious buildings that are worth exploring. Stone streets extend like long mazes, passing by numerous squares and fountains, scattered all over the town. A big advantage is a large number of viewpoints from which to admire the surroundings.
Tourists, who decide to come to Cuenca and get acquainted with its attractions, should equip in comfortable shoes. Wandering between the historic buildings of the Old Town require a lot of walking up or down the steep steps. It’s really tiring, but the trip will pay off, because landscapes are amazing.
Where to stay?
While in Madrid, you can easily get to Cuenca - the cities have a very good railway connection. If we, however, travel around Spain with our own vehicle, we have an opportunity to plan the trip explore the most of the country. It’s worth to check Camping Caravaning Cuenca, which is located approximately 7 km north of the city. The place for the vehicle costs 6.60 euros/day, while adults pay 5.50 euros/day. Within the campsite you can find grocery store and playgrounds. Guests can use bathrooms (they are adapted to disabled people) and a jacuzzi.
After relaxation you can get acquaint with the charms of the province. These include multi-colored murals at the Centro de Arte Pintura Mural in the village of Alarcón, under the official patronage of UNESCO. The village also attracts tourists with four historic churches and eighth century castle, which now houses a four star hotel.
Near Mota del Cuervo, on a hill, are standing seven historic windmills. If someone comes to town on the first Sunday of the month, will get to know the traditional process of grinding grain into flour (Molienda). Within 20 minutes we get to Belmonte, where you can see the castle and the Gothic church of Iglesia de San Bartolomé Colegial. About 50 km away is the Segóbriga archaeological park with an amphitheater, thermal baths and the acropolis.
As you can see, the province of Cuenca has many attractions, which deserve more attention. Holidays spent here will surely be unforgettable.