"The old town on the rocks." Top 5 Page for this destination Cuenca by breughel

Cuenca Travel Guide: 214 reviews and 530 photos

Off the beaten path in Spain.

If after having visited Madrid, Barcelona and the big cultural attractions of Andalusia or Castille y Leon, one wishes to escape the tourist groups, then he will not be disappointed by a visit to Cuenca, at the feet of the Serrania de Cuenca (with peaks up to 1800 m), in Castille la Mancha, halfway between Madrid and Valencia.
If the modern part of this city of about 50.000 inhabitants leaves indifferent, on the other hand the old town hung on a rocky platform enclosed by the rivers Jucar and Huecar deserves not only the trip but also a stay preferentially in the parador which is one of the main monuments of Cuenca.

Hors des sentiers battus de l'Espagne touristique.

Celui qui après avoir visité Madrid, Barcelone et les grandes attractions culturelles d'Andalousie ou Castille y Leon, souhaite échapper aux bataillons touristiques ne sera pas déçu d'entreprendre le voyage de Cuenca, au pied de la Serrania de Cuenca (aux pics atteignant 1800 m), en Castille la Mancha, à mi-chemin entre Madrid et Valencia.
Si la partie moderne de cette ville d'environ 50.000 habitants laisse indifférent, par contre la vieille ville accrochée sur une plate-forme rocheuse enserrée par les rivières Jucar et Huecar mérite non seulement le détour mais aussi le séjour de préférence dans le parador qui est un des principaux monuments de Cuenca.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Read my tips, all are positive.
  • Cons:Nothing from my experience.
  • In a nutshell:I wrote 34 reviews and should reduce them to 1 sentence !?!
  • Last visit to Cuenca: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Great tips

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Dec 8, 2013 at 5:03 AM

      Thank you for visiting my Cuenca page. My tips are not brand new but the old town will not change in a few years.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Hello, Eddi! It's an outstanding destination...Spain is certainly a huge country full of superb sights and interesting customs....

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Hi Eddy, I see it has been over three years since I last looked at this page. Interesting tips and fine photos of Cuenca and Alarcon. I have never stayed in a Parador in Spain, but you certainly make them sound pleasant and worthwhile.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    Absolutely charming - a very nice touch to have your text in both English and French! <(?¿?)>

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    what an amazing village ( humbles ronda ) and photographer's dream. your pictures are great. love the gate to alarcon especially. n.

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Thank you for your comments on my Cuenca page. Indeed it is a magic city. You posted nice pictures and good tips. Great work!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    I visited here a few yrs back but lovely to see yr pics - have to hunt mine out from wherever!just returned to finish reviewg yr pg. nice and thoro thanks!am falling asleep tho at 430 in afternoon!still recovering from Belgium!?or Im in need of a beer!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    Amazing picture of the Cuenca Old Town! and very nice tips! Casa colgadas looks like it is going to FALL! Ciudad Encantada es muy interesante...Greetings from Arizona, Norman :)

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    The Cathedral & Churches look interesting I have never seen the hanging houses :) Wow this would be a big plus for me!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Another great page! I have to spend more time exploring your incisive tips.


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