Panoramic view of Cuenca from the bridge
Cuenca Cathedral, 12th-13th centuries
Come and explore Cuenca, whose historic centre has the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Its buildings blend in perfectly with stunning natural landscapes. This fusion of art and nature give this city in the Castile-La Mancha region, in inland Spain, a special atmosphere. Shall we start the walk?
Cuenca is 170 kilometres from Madrid, in the Castile-La Mancha region. The first thing you will notice is the cultural heritage of a city that maintains intact its appearance of a medieval fortress, with its palaces, stately houses, towers, churches, convents, streets, squares and walkways. Its historic centre is packed with civil and religious buildings of different artistic styles, the majority constructed between the 12th and 18th centuries.
Before strolling through the centre of Cuenca, we would recommend that you take a look from a distance: seeing how the city "hangs" from the rock is spectacular. From the San Pablo Convent, now home to a Parador Hotel, you will be able to enjoy this view, with the San Pablo Bridge suspended over the Huécar Canyon, along with the façades of the Hanging Houses, the city's most emblematic structures, defying the gorge below. These buildings are excellent examples of traditional architecture. They are currently home to the Spanish Museum of Abstract Art, not to be missed, given that it has one of Europe's best collections in the genre.
Cuenca is even more stunning on weekend nights, when the area of monuments is fully illuminated. Try and stay the night in the city if you can. It is well worthwhile. The following await you in its streets: the Cathedral (12th-13th centuries), the first example of Gothic architecture in Spain. Its façade is the only one in the country in Anglo-Norman style; the area surrounding Plaza Mayor Square, with emblematic buildings such as the Town Hall; networks of narrow streets, hills, staircases, underground passes and stone walls that lead to places such as Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Shrine and San Miguel Church, from where you can enjoy stunning views of the area… There are numerous itineraries to follow. The best thing is to head to the Tourist Office, where they will help you to plan your stay.
In the area surrounding Cuenca and the rest of the province there are many interesting routes and excursions where the countryside plays the lead. Don't miss the Enchanted City. It is 36 kilometres from Cuenca and is an area of weird rock formations that look like animals and objects. Get ready to live an unforgettable journey in this fascinating land.