If you were thinking of making a dynamic getaway but don’t know where, we have the solution to your big question. Cuenca will be the ideal destination whether you are a nature lover or a passionate about culture and good food. Faced with such a variety, it is not surprising that it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. If you have chosen this wonderful city full of history as your destination, we are sure that it will not leave you indifferent. That is why today we want to guide and accompany you in planning your trip so that you do not overlook anything.
Cuenca is a city in Castilla la Mancha located between the rivers Júcar and Huécar. Although it is known to have existed since the Palaeolithic period, what remains to this day belongs to the Arab conquest and its subsequent Christian reconquest. Now that you know this, it will be much easier for you to understand the reason for its beauty. If you decide to stop when you arrive to appreciate the views, you will see Cuenca perched on rocks as if by magic. This city has an almost completely mountainous terrain, with slopes and cobbled ground, so if you plan to walk through it you should wear comfortable footwear.
What to see in Cuenca?
San Pablo Bridge
First of all, you can’t miss St. Paul’s Suspension Bridge. It is currently made of beams that are similar to those of the Eiffel Tower. This reconstruction was made in 1902 by the collapse of the previous and original. The old bridge, which was made of stone, was built to save the natural gorge of the Huécar River. From here you will be able to see the famous “hanging houses” from a unique panoramic perspective. Not to mention the view you have from there of the river! Keep in mind that we’re talking about a 60 meter high bridge and a landscape full of green areas and small houses in the background that will make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale.
As we have already told you, the San Pablo Bridge and the hanging houses are a visit that goes hand in hand. Whether you’ve crossed the bridge to the end, or decided to enter the city first, getting to the houses is the crowning point, the icing on the cake. And in case you were spinning… Yeah, they’re hanging houses and not hanging houses. We advise you that if you decide to visit them take into account this small difference to guide you. Although there is little left of this popular architectural wonder, it is worth a visit. In addition, they are the headquarters of the Spanish Museum of Abstract Art and admission is free.
Once you have reached this point, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the old part of the city: the main square and its monuments. The most important is the Cathedral of Santa María and San Julián, built after the Catholic reconquest. It is of a Gothic style that is still maintained despite the reconstructions and collapses it has lived through.
The main square also houses the Town Hall, a building set on three arches under which you can walk. From here you can reach Calle Alfonso VIII and take a colourful and lively walk (the name of this street comes from the conqueror of the city in 1177.) And if you are interested in seeing more of the architecture that the Muslims left in Cuenca on their way, you should visit the Torre Mangana.
Although its history is not fully known, we assume that it is a defensive enclave from which threats could be spotted. The Muslim governor resided in this area, but there are no more than underground remains of his chambers.
Ventano del Diablo
In case your expectation of this getaway was not only to cross Cuenca, but also its closest surroundings to be able to do trekking, it counts on this option that we offer you. On the devil’s window there are still many living legends, some say that it was the place where the devil entertained himself by throwing people into the Júcar River, others say that it was the place where a tragic triangular love story took place. The truth is that the wonderful and ardently charming thing is its height and the view of the city (green grounds, the river).
If you decided to reach the Devil’s Window and are willing to let your imagination run free while you walk, visit the Enchanted City. It originated 90 million years ago, when the sea covered this city. When this was withdrawn it gave rise to the current Natural Site of National Interest, declared in 1929. You will travel through enormous limestone stones that are held by their great strength and that have taken shape thanks to erosion. The road is not much more than 3 km and is made between a pine forest.
In addition, if you are interested in gastronomy, it will be a good time to try the local products and typical dishes such as Morteruelo or Zarajos. Here the journey ends together, but your personal experience begins. We hope you decide to visit Cuenca and our recommended places. More information about Cuenca HERE.