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    The Jucar Valley

    by pugwashman Updated Oct 23, 2012
    Ventano del Diablo (Devil's window)
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    If you take a drive out of Cuenca to the Enchanted City your route will take you along the banks of the Jucar River. Some of the scenery is spectacular, with Mountains, Lakes and Gorges. Throughout the trip there will be Vultures circling above, and you can go to the source of the Jucar River itself where there are nice walks where we saw butterflies, dragonflies and snakes.

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    Cuidad Encantada (Enchanted City)

    by pugwashman Written Oct 23, 2012
    The Mushroom Rock, or what we call the Reet Petite
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    About a 45 minutes drive from Cuenca, through spectacular scenery, is the Enchanted City. This is an area of natural limestone rock formations, some of which supposedly resemble familiar objects. Some do, some don't, but we found it was best if you make up your own interpretations on them. There is a walk that takes about 1.5 hours to go round. Aswell as the rock formations you will likely see lizards and butterflies aswell as Vultures flying high up overhead. It's well worth a visit from Cuenca, and the drive also takes in some spectacular sights along the way as the road follows the Jucar River. We got instructions and a map from the Parador in Cuenca. It only costs a few euros to go in, and there is a cafe by the car park. The Enchanted City has also been used as a backdrop in a number of films.

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    San Pablo bridge

    by solopes Updated Oct 4, 2012

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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 Oct 4, 2012

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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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    San Pablo

    by solopes Updated Oct 4, 2012

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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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    Ayuntamiento

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2012

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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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    Parque de San Julián

    by Aitana Updated Dec 20, 2011

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    This park is in the city center, a few meters from the main street and the market. With its 13000 square meters, it is a perfect place for children: swings, fountains, sand ground in the passages, trees… There is a music kiosk in the center.
    The second picture was taken the day I was born; the third, a few years later ;)

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    Virgen de la Luz

    by solopes Written Nov 7, 2011

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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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    Convento de San Pablo - Monastery

    by breughel Updated Aug 3, 2011

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    Convento de San Pablo (parador)
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    When staying at the Parador we wondered why this former Dominican monastery of San Pablo had been built on this spot outside the town of Cuenca on the other side of the ravine.
    According to the Parador organisation the only thing to be certain is that the canon Juan del Pozo built the monastery in 1523 apparently at his own expense. There are various explanations as to the reason for this surprising location but none is certain. The founder is buried in the center of the transept of the church.
    Also known is that the cloister was designed by Pedro de Alviz and the church by his son Juan, built in the late Gothic style with Renaissance decoration.
    During most part of the 20th c. the conventual's complex was a seminary until 1975 when it was abandoned.

    Restoration work began in 1991 and the Parador opened in 1993. It is an impressive building when seen from the town side of the Huecar.
    The former refectory is now the dining room, complete with its magnificent coffered ceiling and the original pulpit. The former chapterhouse has been turned into a café.
    The church is presently a museum of modern art.

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    Scenic walk on the cliff, passing the Santuario

    by DSwede Updated May 6, 2011
    Cliff side passages.

    There is a very nice pedestrian passage way that winds down (or up if you come the other way) the cliff sides, giving you nice views and quiet corners of the city.

    You will not only drop down along the cliff, but will momentarily actually even pass through it just above the Santuario de Nuestra Señora De Las Angustias.

    Continuing on to C/ de San Juan, you will have views of the lower cliffs of the city and the river below. In the summer, people have picnics and go swimming in some of the river's pools.

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    The city cats

    by DSwede Updated May 6, 2011
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    The old city has lots of cats. Maybe its a factor of the small spaces, or the preference of the locals, or their ability to have a good life, but the cats in Cuenca are always around.

    They are however typically congregated in certain places. We stared for a long time, but could never clearly identify what these guys were preying on. Typically the cats are just basking in the sun and spending their lazy days waiting between meals. We found the cats in this spot every time we walked by, regardless of the day.

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    Quiet rest below San Miguel

    by DSwede Written May 6, 2011

    After walking the town up and town, quite possibly the quietest spot for a rest and view of the valley below, and the cliff line (of the west side of the town) is the walking path just below Calle de San Miguel, on the back side of the church.

    The path ends shortly after the church, so there is no thru-traffic.
    There are ~4 benches that you can sit and take in the sun while looking down the valley.
    The hill is steep enough that there is nothing below you to obstruct your view.

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    Ventano del diabolo.

    by breughel Updated Jan 21, 2011

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    After the excursion to the Ciudad Encantada one should continue northwards to Salto de Villalba where the road CM 2105 meets the gorges of the Jucar at the "Window of the Devil"(photo 1).
    To our regret, due to the lack of flow of the river, the spectacle of the stream was disappointing. However the gorges of the Jucar, upstream to this point, are very beautiful (photo 2).
    Downstream the valley opens itself with the small town of Villalba de la Sierra (photo 3).
    We joined Cuenca by the CM 2105 along the river Jucar.

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    L'excursion à la Ciudad encantada se continue vers le nord à hauteur de Salto de Villalba où la route CM 2105 rencontre les gorges du Jucar à hauteur de la "Fenêtre du Diable".
    A notre regret, par manque de débit de la rivière, le spectacle de l'eau était décevant.
    Par contre les gorges du Jucar en amont de ce point sont très belles.
    En aval s'ouvre la vallée avec la petite ville de Villalba de la Sierra.
    On rejoint Cuenca par la CM 2105 qui longe le Jucar.

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    La Ciudad Encantada.

    by breughel Updated Jan 21, 2011

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    The usual excursion outside Cuenca consists in visiting the curious rocks formed by the erosion into distinctive and memorable shapes and called the "enchanted city".
    It is a part of the Serrania de Cuenca situated at 35 Km of the city.
    Follow the river Jucar to the North and then take CM 1204.
    The site is situated at a height of about 1.400 m in a landscape mainly forested with pines.
    Car park at the entrance. Admission charge. Walk of a little more than one hour.

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    L'habituelle excursion hors de Cuenca consiste à visiter les curieuses formations rocheuses produites par l'érosion dans une partie de la Serrania de Cuenca situé à une trentaine de Km de la ville. Il faut sortir de Cuenca vers le nord en suivant le lit de la rivière Jucar pour ensuite prendre la CM 1204.
    Le site se situe à une altitude d'environ 1.400 m dans un paysage principalement boisé de pins.
    Vaste parking à l'entrée de la "ville enchantée".
    Entrée payante. Parcours fléché d'un peu plus d'une heure.

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    Calle Alfonso VIII.

    by breughel Updated Jan 21, 2011

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    This street which joins the Plaza Mayor to the lower part of the city is characterized by buildings of a simple architecture but with facades painted in lively colours. Bleu, yellow, orange, red on three or four stores high. At the back of these houses there is often a supplementary floor downwards because the unevenness of the ground.
    Most of these houses date of the 18th c.

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    Cette rue qui rejoint la Plaza Mayor et le bas de la ville se caractérise par des immeubles d'une architecture sobre et plutôt banale mais dont les façades sont peintes dans des couleurs vives. On y trouve des violet, bleus, jaune, orange, rouge généralement sur trois ou quatre étages. Du fait de la dénivelation il y a souvent un étage supplémentaire vers le bas à l'arrière.
    La plupart datent du XVIIIe, quelques unes d'une architecture plus recherchée se situent dans le bas de la rue Alfonso VIII près de la Plaza del Carmen.

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