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A weekend in Cuenca and its natural surroundings

Cuenca

Cuenca Province has plenty of towns, places of interest and an endless number of activities that are waiting to be discovered and perfect for including on a short trip. From the World Heritage City of Cuenca to the exceptional natural scenery including dizzying gorges and landscapes known for their memorable rock formations. This route will help you check it out.  

The city of Cuenca and its must-see sights

The fortified city of Cuenca has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. If you visit, you’ll have the opportunity to discover some of its most iconic sights. - The Hanging Houses, also called the Hanging Houses of Cuenca. They have become the city’s symbol. The name comes from the large cantilevered balconies over the Huécar River gorge. Did you know that the interior houses the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art? - The best panoramic view of the Hanging Houses can be seen as you cross the San Pablo Bridge. If you can, visit it during the day and night—you’ll love how the area is lit. - The Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Julian in Cuenca, predominantly Gothic but with elements of the Romanesque and Neo-gothic, is another one of the beautiful landmarks that can’t be missed—both from its main façade facing the Plaza Mayor, as well as its interior.

Hanging Houses of Cuenca

- The skyscrapers of Cuenca are a group of 30 buildings that on one side, on Calle Alfonso VIII, have 4 and 5 floors and on the other side, facing Huécar Gorge, have 8 or 10, constituting a singular, eye-catching architectural ensemble that is well worth the visit. - The las Angustias stairway is also another beautiful sight to see. That’s what leads to the Shrine of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias.   The list could go on: the castle, Calle De Los Tintes, for a walk along the Huécar River, Calle Alfonso VIII... You only have to stroll a little bit to discover more.

The mouth of the Cuervo and Júcar Rivers

The Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park has a lot of little nooks and crannies worth visiting. To discover the mouth of the Júcar River, you must go to Tragacete, a beautiful town located in the centre of a valley and about 65 kilometres from the city of Cuenca. On the way, you can enjoy a 20-metre waterfall—an absolute marvel to see. At the top, to the right of the waterfall, an old mill will catch your eye. Less than 30 minutes by car from there, you’ll reach the mouth of the Cuervo River. Through a path among tall trees like weeping willows or hazelnut trees, you’ll reach two waterfalls. The first one is smaller and the prelude to what follows, which is a waterfall that’s breathtaking at any time of year, and especially during the rainiest months. From there, you’ll still have a few metres to climb to get a glimpse of the wellspring from which the river streams. 

The mouth of the Cuervo and Júcar Rivers

El Hosquillo Exploratory Hunting Park

This 910-hectare park was created to study and preserve different species of fauna and learn more about our natural resources.Numerous species of birds such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons, vultures and eagle-owls, as well as deer, mouflons, mountain goats and wild boars are among its inhabitants. Although you may be more attracted to brown bears or Iberian wolves, both species are in danger of extinction.To visit it, you must book in advance, and you will be able to visit for about three hours led by one of the park's guides. A perfect activity for children and adults alike.

El Hosquillo Exploratory Hunting Park

La Ciudad Encantada

Even if you’re a difficult one to please, we’re convinced that the ‘Enchanted City’ of Cuenca will not disappoint. It’s a spectacular place thanks to the rock formations that have been formed over thousands of years by wind, water and ice. A 20-metre monolith, an enormous arch known as the ‘Roman Bridge’ and ‘a man’s face’ are some of the 13 figures you’ll see on your route through this enclave. Near the Enchanted City, you’ll find the Ventano del Diablo, or the ‘devil’s window’ lookout point. It offers one of the best views of the Júcar River canyon. 

La Ciudad Encantada

The Cañada del Hoyo Lagoons Natural Monument

As you can see, in Cuenca and its surroundings you can find all kinds of landscapes. The Cañada del Hoyo Lagoons is a group of seven permanent lagoons with a depth of between 4 and 32 metres, and another one of Cuenca’s natural wonders. It is noteworthy that each one is a different colour due to the microorganisms that live in them. Turquoise, black, green: marvel at each one.Without a doubt, if you're looking to disconnect for a few days, Cuenca has everything you're looking for.  So, get ready to pack your bags and go!

The Cañada del Hoyo Lagoons Natural Monument