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    Ciudad Encantada

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    More than 20 Km out of town a very well promoted park may be... a nice stroll or a touristy trap. I read that it looks like Cappadocia, and that is insane.

    It is nothing special, but if you like an easy walk in natural environment, then it may be a very interesting option. The trail is easy, less than 3 Km long, and the rocks do show some odd shapes, feeding the imagination of those who gave names to each section or single rock.

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    Carmelites convent

    by solopes Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    A convent from the 16th century, located at the castle's entrance, was occupied since 1602 by the "Carmelitas descalzas".

    Nowadays it is used by the "Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo" and the museum of the foundation António Perez.

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    San Pablo bridge

    by solopes Updated Nov 12, 2014

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    The most famous bridge in Cuenca was built in 1902 in iron and wood. It is 100 meters long and 40 meters above the river level, coming from its deep bottom.

    The original bridge was built from 1533 to 1589, but collapsed. Maybe the high reputation of the new one comes from the excellent views that it allows.

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    San Jose

    by solopes Updated Nov 12, 2014

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    Looks like a church, but it is a hostel!

    Keeping the facade of an old school, the building was transformed in 1983 and became a "Posada". I don't know its qualities as a place to stay, but I do congratulate the owners for the idea.

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    Virgen de la Luz

    by solopes Updated Nov 12, 2014

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    Located outside the historic centre, this church from the 16Th century, also known as San Anton church, is owned by the city council. It has two different facades, one of the Plateresque, and Rococo decorations inside.

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    Ayuntamiento

    by solopes Updated Nov 12, 2014

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    Generally one of the remarkable buildings in Spanish cities, this official palace is not an exception.

    Closing the main medieval square - Plaza Mayor, its arches filter the access to the old quarter around the castle, and gave to the square an ambiance of intimacy and tradition.

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    San Pablo

    by solopes Updated Nov 12, 2014

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    Located a little bit out of town, in a steep hill facing the hanging houses, this monastery from the 16th century merges a Gothic structure with renaissance decoration. Only the church and cloister show the initial image, everything else is later adding.

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    Still the hanging houses

    by solopes Written Dec 26, 2013

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    In a previous tip I wrote that the best angle to see the hanging houses was from the bridge. Yes. it is!
    Tito went there, and brought a couple of new photos that confirm the common idea. We missed that angle, but it's about time for the youngsters to help the old guys, isn't it?

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    S Pedro Street

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    Strolling along S. Pedro street is a very good experience - the old city is around you, with typical houses and gardens, with many monuments nearby. There´s no way to miss it, if you walk from Plaza Mayor to the castle.

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    Castle

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    The castle of Cuenca is a city inside the city. There's not much to see in the remains of the original Arab fortress, but the whole is nice and allows splendid views over the city, the Huecar valley and the hanging houses.

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    Mangana Tower

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    There's no reference about this old tower destroyed in the 19Th century during the battle against Napoleon's soldiers, and rebuilt in 1926. It has now a Mudejar style (maybe because of its Moorish origins), and suffered a final adding in 1968 to get a fortress look.

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    Hanging houses

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    The image of Cuenca is given by the "casas colgadas", a rank of old houses atop the edge of the canyon carved by Huecar river. Nowadays they are, obviously tourist attraction, housing a museum and a restaurant. They may be seen from several angles, the best being St. Pablo bridge or the castle, where we didn't go, but... wait for a new tip - Tito will go.

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    River Jucar

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    In the low part of the city, the river is cool spot, nice for resting or water sports. There's an artificial beach, but I think that bathing is not the main use of the river. The landscape is nice, with dramatic cliffs, some of them with hanging houses behind the vegetation.

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    Artificial fluvial beach

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    Far from the sea, Cuenca used Jucar river to create an artificial beach. The space is small, but a clever solution was used to collect clothes and belongings at the entrance and storing them out of the beach. It seems to work!

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    Alfonso VII of Castilla conquered Cuenca from the moors and the mosque was, as usually, transformed in a christian church. Influenced by the Normand (the Spanish queen. Leonor Plantagenet, was daughter of the English king) it was built in first french Gothic, but the facade was later replaced in neo-Gothic, trying to reproduce the original, eliminating some baroque transformations.

    It's forbidden to take pictures inside.

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