Wild and beautiful scenery
I can't think of any
What a spectacular location!
The outside amazes by openings in the facade. This facade was built in neo gothic style after the Torre del Giraldillo collapsed and damaged the original facade in 1902.The construction started at the end of the 12th century on the spot where an ancient mosque had been located.Most interesting visit of the inside of this cathedral, dedicated to San...more
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...more
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...more
The Parador is excellent. It is an old Convent, so the building itself is everything you would dream...more
I had been to Cuenca a few times, but never need a place to stay before. Being a small city, most...more
Comfortable, well located, large rooms. The hotel is in the city center, in front of Parque de San...more
Located inside the castle, with a pleasant esplanade that "invites us" (and we didn't use because it was full and we had to go inside) it is a simple restaurant with local food.We decided to eat as locals, a set of tiny dishes with several different cooking ("tapas") and enjoyed them. It was cheap, but I think that, with a formal meal, the prices...more
We had come to Meson Jose before to have a couple drinks in the patio. It is on a rather popular street with a few different bars and restaurants. If this place is full, feel free to try your luck at the others on the same street.The patio fills up quickly when the weather is nice. Lunch is served until 4pm. Dinner can be served in the back dining...more
This casual spot is a good place to get a couple drinks and possibly some tapas or rationes. It's interior is adorned with posters, pictures and old tins from mostly Belgium breweries, but also some German or miscellaneous others.
The proprieter works behind the bar, pours and serves most everything. There is typically some really soft music playing, maybe jazz or blues.
This is likely the only establishment where you can find a stock of non-Spanish beers, and not only that, but several of the Belgium beers on draught too!. Beers like Kwak, Grimbergen, St. Bernardus, Chimay, etc.
Dress Code: The dress code here is casual, with it being a pub atmosphere instead of a club.
The city is well connected with Madrid by rail (RENFE), by Bus (2h or 2:30h) and by highway, taking the A-3 highway and changing at Tarancón junction to A-40 (166 km). Also from Valencia there are good connections by rail, by bus and by highway: A-3 till Minglanilla, then CM-211 till Almodóvar del Pinar and N-320 (200 km).A new high-speed rail...more
What to buy: I am not sure what is the speciality of Cuenca, but here, as any where else, there are some shops for tourists. Fortunately not a lot of them yet!
Muslim troops entered in the Iberian Peninsula in 711 and conquered the area around Cuenca in 714. They built an Alcazaba (fortress) in a strategic location, between two gorges of the rivers Júcar and Huécar, the site of the present city of Cuenca. The place became a prosper agricultural and textile manufacturing city.During the re-conquest of the...more
Who says that just because you don't know the language you don't know what people are saying?! They are staying 'we have a good healthy sense of humor'... that's one thing I've found from walking around the streets of Cuenca.This particular find is on the top of the old city, on Calle Larga.more
The Good Friday Procession, The Way to Calvary, starts at 5.30 am. It is called the Mob’s procession (Las Turbas) because the mob vilifies the image of the Redeemer howling and playing out of tune trumpets and drums.The following sonnet, written by my grandfather’s brother, is dedicated it to the figure of Jesus Nazarene, sculpted in cypress wood...more
Well, I don't want to spend more than a minute to explain how these guys ripped me off over 40 euros for a miserable, mean dinner. It was a Sunday evening and I didn't have too many places to chose among and I ended up there, in that infamous hole which is Cervecería Corinto.
I ordered a Tuna Salad that costs 12 euros and I had a dish with A plastic-like tomato and some can tuna (not even drop of olive oil a salad? Is this Spain? GRRR!). Then the tostadas (kind of sandwiches) were also in very poor condition. The service was just unable to serve correctly 4 dishes and to charge us correctly. The owner was there, watching how his business sunk and not only didn't so anything but he looked proud of it.
I was looking for its address on the Internet and I found they have several open cases against local authorities because of hygene reasons.
Just in a word: shameful.
It's in Calle Alférez Rubianes 9 - Cuenca, 16004
You must know exactly what you are about to see - this is not a tourist trap, but... alomst!I read somewhere that this place was very similar to Capadoccia. Well, Capadoccia is fabulous, and that drove me to the place, for a disappointment. The comparison is absurd. This is a trail in nature, 3 Km long, with a few strange rock formations. If you...more
Cuenca has a high altitude, and so for this I recommend layers and some warmer options in general. (My visit was in February, but still it´s a point worth noting in general). The helpful tourist office adviser was shocked at our suggestion of sleeping overnight in the car, and thankfully pointed us towards a cheap pensión for which we were very...more
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...more
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...more
There are countless trails around Cuenca. They are more commonly accessed as I mentioned below. They are open year round, at all hours of the day, so use them as you wish.The days can be hot and the trails dry at times, so bring water. But also being in the hills, watch out for rain, particularly in the spring. good shoes or boots are recommended.more
One of the most remarkable details in Cuenca is the dramatic combination of history and nature. Monuments, canyons and river compose a strong combination, with breathtaking views in many points. No matter what you like, I'm sure you wll find something interesting in Cuenca and its surrounding area.more
There are several hypotheses about the origin of the name, but it seems that it derives from Latin Conca, which means river basin (actually, the Spanish word Cuenca has the same meaning). The old city is between the gorges of the rivers Júcar and Huécar.Another hypothesis is that the name derives of the now-ruined Arab castle, Kunka.more