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    The bridge of San Pablo.

    by breughel Updated Nov 11, 2013

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    The bridge of San Pablo joins the old city at the vaulted alley next to the "hanging houses" with the other bank of the Huecar and the monastery of San Pablo, presently the Parador. This metallic footbridge of 100 m length, about 50 m height, is certainly one of the tourist attractions of Cuenca.
    The bridge was built in stone on the order of canon Juan del Pozo, in 1543, as he wanted to link the convent of San Pablo to the town.

    Only the base of the stone pillars remained as the bridge got progressively ruined and was demolished to be replaced in 1902 by the present metallic footbridge.
    In fact the river is not much visible, it is rather a brook. The bridge also crosses the road called Paseo del Huecar.
    The sights are extraordinary on the cliffs and the hanging houses.
    At night the bridge and the cliffs are lit to make the spectacle enchanting.

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    Le pont de San Pablo qui relie la vieille ville à hauteur du passage voûté à côté des Casas Colgadas avec l'autre rive du Huecar et le monastère de San Pablo, aujourd'hui parador, est un des principaux attraits touristiques de Cuenca.
    Cette passerelle métallique d'une longueur de 100 m surplombe le ravin d'une cinquantaine de mètres.
    Une premier pont en pierres fut construit au milieu du XVIe s. il en reste encore la base des piliers. Ce pont tomba en ruines et fut démoli à la fin du XIXe s. pour être remplacé en 1902 par la passerelle en fer actuelle.
    En fait la rivière est peu visible, c'est plutôt un gros ruisseau que jouxtent des cultures maraîchères. La passerelle traverse aussi la route appelée Paseo del Huecar.

    Les vues sont extraordinaires sur les falaises et les maisons suspendues.
    La nuit le pont et les falaises sont éclairés ce qui rend le spectacle féerique.

    Bridge of San Pablo. The bridge at night
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    Ciudad Encantada

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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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 Capadoccia, 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 Jan 25, 2013

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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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    Cuenca Old Town

    by pugwashman Written Oct 23, 2012

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    Cuenca Old Town has lots of interesting sights, from the Plaza Major to the Cathedral to the Monastery, the Hanging Houses, the Saint Paul bridge across the ravine to the Parador and the Parador itself. It's quite compact so easy to find your way around, but it is on a hill so can be quite steep in places. There are nice walks that follow the route of the Jucar and Huecar rivers that converge in Cuenca.

    Our Lady of Grace Cathedral The Town Hall (Ayuntamiento), built in 1762 Old Town through the arches of the Town Hall Cuenca Old Town and Parador from hill View of Jucar river from city walls
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    Casa Colgadas (Hanging Houses)

    by pugwashman Written Oct 23, 2012

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    The Hanging Houses of Cuenca hang out over a ravine, and have become the iconic symbol of the City. In truth it is their wooden balconies that hang out, and only a few of them remain today. I believe one is a restaurant and another is a Museum. They date back to the 15th Century.

    The Hanging Houses of Cuenca Lit up at night Casas Colgadas Hanging Houses and Cuenca Old Town
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    The Jucar Valley

    by pugwashman Updated Oct 23, 2012

    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.

    Ventano del Diablo (Devil's window) View of the Jucar Valey A Lake A Griffon Vulture The source of the Jucar River
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    Cuidad Encantada (Enchanted City)

    by pugwashman Written Oct 23, 2012

    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.

    The Mushroom Rock, or what we call the Reet Petite A Chef's hat perhaps ? A row of Teeth in need of flossing ? One of thousands of buttterflies we saw Down in the dingely dell
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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 ;)

    My brother My brother and me

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    Convento de San Pablo - Monastery

    by breughel Updated Aug 3, 2011

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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.

    Convento de San Pablo (parador) Inside
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    Scenic walk on the cliff, passing the Santuario

    by DSwede Updated May 6, 2011

    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.

    Cliff side passages.
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    The city cats

    by DSwede Updated May 6, 2011

    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.

    Ventano del diabolo Gorges of the Jucar Villalba de la Sierra
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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.

    Ciudad encantada 1
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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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