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Explore the Charming City of Cuenca and the Surrounding Natural Park
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About the Event
Cuenca, a Spanish town situated at the edge of a cliff, is a truly remarkable destination. With its Roman ruins, Gothic towers, and hanging houses, Cuenca has much to offer. The Medieval town of Cuenca is a fascinating place to visit. The fortified walls and cobblestone streets are a testament to the town's long-standing history. While most residents now live in the newer part of town downriver, the old city still retains the feeling of stepping back in time.
A visit to Cuenca is incomplete without a stop at the "El Ventano del Diablo" viewpoint, where you can admire some of the impressive views of the Cañón del Júcar. The site is home to numerous birds, including vultures and alimoches.
After taking in the spectacular views, we will continue our journey to Ciudad Encantada ("Enchanted City"). Located in the village of Valdecabras (Cuenca), in the heart of the Natural Park of Cuenca, the Enchanted City is undoubtedly one of the most impressive places in Spain, where you can witness the unique karst geological process and admire whimsical formations.
We'll take a guided tour of the Enchanted City, which offers a very photogenic walk that has been the scene of shooting different films. The visit is completed with stops at amazing landmarks in the Natural Park of the Serrania de Cuenca, where you can watch and photograph vultures, raptors, and forest birds.
Our next stop is Cuenca, where one of the best things to do is to take a walking tour. Upon our arrival, we'll take a guided tour to better understand the city and make the most out of our visit.
Here are some interesting sites to see in Cuenca:
- Cuenca Cathedral: Known as la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Gracia (the Basilica of Our Lady of Grace), this is Spain's first Gothic cathedral and it's truly impressive.
- Casas Colgantes (Hanging Houses): These were like early versions of a back porch, only hanging off a cliff hundreds of meters above a river. Part of what gives Cuenca its UNESCO status, this is a must-see.
- Museo de Arte Abstracto Español: This modern space is housed in the same building as the Hanging Houses mentioned above. The place has a slight labyrinthian feel, with stairs and rooms that lead in unexpected directions. Along the white walls, there are over 100 large paintings and sculptures from some of Spain's titans of abstract art.
- Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge) & the Parador de Cuenca: Overlooking the gorge on the other side of the river from the hanging houses is the Parador de Cuenca, a beautiful hotel built in a former monastery. The Saint Paul Bridge, originally built in the 16th century, is a path to the hotel. The bridge has one of the best photo spots of the hills of Cuenca, unbeatable views of the city. The "colgadas" houses can be seen in full from the bridge.