Buenavista, 2, Cuenca, 16002, Spain
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Ciudad Encantada - Cuenca - Spain
Cuenca - Spain
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Travel Tips for Cuenca
Little is known from Cuenca before the arrival of the Moors. There was probably an Iberian settlement and a subsequent small Roman defensive point. But it is not until the Moors founded Conca that the city gained significance.
Nowadays, most of the Arab legacy has gone lost except for the Mangana tower, that appears solemnously among the narrow lanes of the upper city.
A day before my visit to Cuenca we were in Segovia. This is when I asked Ursula if Easter processions are taking place in that part of Spain. She said that for a "show" like this I'll have to go to the south of Spain. About two hours later our way was blocked by a small (about 50 people) procession. I jusmped out of the car and ran after them. It looked so beautiful to me, especially those beautiful little girls dressed as Virgin Mary. Little I knew, the next day in Cuenca was preparing for me a 10 times bigger event.
We came to Cuenca on Good Friday at around noon and were informed by a local that there's no way to get to the old city by car or bus. Why? we asked " Procesiones" the man said. Here I was, hating myself for missing what I wanted to see the most.
Luckily, we didn't miss it. When we arrived to the main square the procession was about to start. Men, women, and children dressed in Ku-Klux-Clan-like outfits of different colors were everywhere. Later I learned that the head cover of this kind symbolizes mourning.
Slowly the first brotherhood started the ceremony. Led by an orchestra, followed by children, at least 2 dozen of men were carrying heavy figures of Jesus and Mary. Slowly moving from side to side they brought the figures to life making them look like they move. The outfits created ocean of colors, each color belongs to a different brotherhood.
Apparently, this is the most important festival of Cuenca, and over 30,000 people participate in the parade.
I'll stop right here. Take a look at the travelogue or simply go to Cuenca during Easter. Your trip will be unforgettable.
Alarcon, in the province of Cuenca at 90 Km south of this town is worthwhile a visit even a stay in the Parador. North of Alarcon extends the lake and dam "Embalse de Alarcon".
The small town is a well preserved fortress, going back to the Moslem period, located inside a loop of the river Jucar. The ravine formed by the river has a depth of about 100 m providing a natural protection for the town. A second loop of the Jucar just in the North of Alarcon contains also medieval fortifications.
The arrival to Alarcon by the connection with the N-III road is impressive by the sight from the medieval tower Torre del Campo, the passage through the Puerta de Chinchilla. Arriving at the main square alleys lined with white houses lead to the Castillo site of a Parador.
In the week Alarcon is almost empty of inhabitants, number of houses are second homes for people of the city, mainly Madrid.
There is a tourist information office. The lady speaks French as well as English.
Museo de Arte Abstracto, Cuenca
housed in one of the most impressive of the hanging houses to be seen perched over the side of the steep drop into the gorge below is the excellent museum of abstract art.
its a great chance to get into a hanging house too.
The ruins of a castle of 13th century, dominate the top of a steep street (Calle de San Pedro). Of course, it has not the fascination of another Spaniard castles, because there are only rests of the walls, but they are enough to awake our imagination...
Las ruinas de un castillo del siglo XIII dominan la cima de una calle empinada (Calle de San Pedro). Por supuesto que no tiene la fascinación de otros castillos españoles, porque sólo quedan restos de las murallas, pero son suficientes para despertar la imaginación...