Cuenca Off The Beaten Path

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    Path to San Julian el Tranquilo
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    Arcas church

    by Aitana Updated Nov 30, 2010

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    Arcas is a small village, just ten minutes from Cuenca, southwards (take road N 320)
    The Church is the most beautiful and well preserved Romanesque church in the province, built in the XIII century. In the façade the highlight is the main door with its pointed arches. At the head of the church, laterally, is the distinctive bell tower.
    In the interior, a wooden paneling is preserved.
    The church has been restored. Since then, it has been a traditional venue for concerts during the Cuenca Religious Music Week.

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    Playa

    by Aitana Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Who said that there is no beach in Cuenca? After a short and nice walk along the Júcar river, you will arrive to the Playa, where there are also swimming pools.
    First picture: the beach seen from the castle, on the left.
    Second picture: the swimming pool beside the Jucar.

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    San Julián el Tranquilo

    by Aitana Updated Apr 5, 2010

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    Saint Julian (1128-1208), the second Bishop of Cuenca, was born at Burgos and studied at Palencia. He was a brilliant student and was appointed professor of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Palencia at the age of 25. In 1196 he was appointed Bishop of Cuenca under the reign of Alfonso VIII. He arrived at night to avoid the crowd that was waiting for him. His apostolic and missioner labor drove him all over the province. He was known for his worries about the people in need no matter their religion. He died on January 28th 1208. This day is a feast day in Cuenca. Also the fair and feast of Saint Julian are celebrated during 10 days of August.
    Saint Julian used to retire to pray in a cave in the Cerro de la Majestad, where there is a spring. He used to call it “the place of my tranquil day”. There, he also used to confection wicker baskets that shared out among the poor. Now there is a small chapel in his honor, where the mass is celebrated every Sunday. There is a recreational area with some stone tables and seats where you can enjoy a picnic. The viewpoint offers a fantastic view of the Júcar gorge.
    There are two ways to reach this place. Leave the city following the Júcar gorge. Some 430 m from the Church of Our Lady of Light, on the left hand side of the road, a path starts that leads to San Julián (third picture). The chapel is quite high above the river level, but the path ascends slowly and the walk offers nice views of the city. There is also an access from the road: 2.25 km from San Anton bridge, on the left hand side, there is a small parking space. From there, big stair steps carved on the rock take you up.

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    Ventano del Diablo

    by Aitana Written Mar 4, 2009

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    My mother & grandfather at Ventano del Diablo
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    The name means Devil’s window. It is a natural viewpoint on the Júcar gorge, with the shape of a natural arcade, that affords a superb view of the river. From Cuenca, take road CM-2105, pass Villalba de la Sierra and a few km afterwards you will see the viewpoint.

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    Cementerio de San Isidro

    by Aitana Written Mar 4, 2009

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    Camino de San Isidro, seen from the castle

    The cemetery of San Isidro is the last rest place for the members of the brotherhood of San Isidro. It offers superb views of the Júcar gorge.
    From the Plaza Mayor, take San Pedro street, continue to Trabuco street. After the castle walls the street forks: take the left one, Camino de San Isidro, and follow it 540 m.

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    Ventano del Diablo

    by barbskie Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    As we drove from the Enchanted City towards the city, we passed by the municipality of Villalba de la Sierra stopping at this area: The Devil's Window. Here's a fantastic location to view far wide. Don't miss to include this itenirary once you are in Cuenca.

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    Empty streets of Alarcon

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    Empty main street of Alarcon
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    The main square and the streets were nearly empty (in the week).
    Nevertheless it is possible to eat in Alarcon. There is the restaurant of the parador (but once the waiters are busy they don't care about new arrivals).
    Informal but good is the restaurant Asador on the square at the entrance of the Parador. They are kind but don't expect them to speak other languages than Castillan.

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    The ramparts of Alarcon

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    Ramparts at Alarcon
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    The hill where the village is situated seems to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. It was conquered by the Romans, converted into a fortress by the Arabs and conquered back by Alfonso VIII. The enclosing ramparts are one of the best known and most complete defence systems existing in Spain today. The castle was built by Alfonso VIII on the site of an earlier Arab castle.

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    Parador of Alarcon.

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    Castle-Parador of Alarcon
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    This Parador situated in the castle of Alarcon has only 16 rooms. The most sensational are situated in the main tower of the castle.
    One room per floor; a total of 6 floors. Certain rooms have no windows. The one we occupied on the 5th floor had some openings in the walls that are more than 1 meter thick.
    From the hotel we had magnificent sights on the gorges of the river Jucar and on other medieval fortifications of the town of Alarcon. The place is very quiet and very comfortable according to the classification 4 stars of this Parador.
    Easy parking next to the garden of the Parador.

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    ALARCON

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    Entry to Alarcon
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    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.

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    Views from the Ronda del Jucar.

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    View on the Jucar gorge
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    The walk on the Ronda del Jucar, at the western limit of the old town, offers beautiful views on the Jucar river and the cliffs of the gorge.
    From the Hermitage de las Angustias it is worthwhile to follow a path on the left overlooking the ravine. That path about 200 m long, although getting narrower, leads to a number of stairs climbing up to the Castillo and entrance of the town. Views on the bend in the river and on some parts of the old walls.

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    Ciudad Encantada

    by DPando Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Ciudad Encantada
    Located closed to Cuenca city, its a curios nature arquitecture designed by rain and calimstones building a person or animal shapes... its a surprisingly journey from Madrid or Cuenca

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    Convento de San Pablo

    by andal13 Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    Convento de San Pablo

    This convent is situated on a cliff over river Huécar; if you dare to cross the narrow bridge, you can visit it. Like I have vertigo, I remainded on this riverside!

    Este convento está situado sobre un acantilado a orillas del río Huécar; si uno se anima a cruzar un puente estrecho, lo puede visitar. Como yo sufro de vértigo, me quedé en esta orilla!!!

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    Fundación Antonio Pérez

    by andal13 Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    This foundation is situated at a very odd ancient building: a convent of 17th century. It seems a labyrinth, where each small room leads you to another, and several stairways; through its windows you can see a beautiful sight of the cliff. In this place, there is an amazing collection of modern art. The entrance is free.

    Esta fundación está ubicada en un antiguo edificio de características particulares: un convento del siglo XVII. Parece un laberinto, en el que cada pequeña habitación conduce a otra, y posee varias escaleras; a través de sus ventanas se disfruta de la espectacular vista de los acantilados. En este lugar existe una impresionante colección de arte moderno.

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    The "Embalse de Alarcon"

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    The am of Alarcon on river Jucar
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    Nice walk on the side of the Jucar ravine to the Embalse (dam) de Alarcon.
    A map of walks can be obtained at the tourist office.

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