Cuenca, Ciudad Encantada & Hanging Houses
Cuenca, Ciudad Encantada & Hanging Houses
Cuenca is a small town in the south of Castilla region of Spain, whose historical old quarter is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a very unique location which makes the city so special: Located on a rock hill, parts of the town are in 946 metres height! While the new part of the city (“Ciudad Nueva”) is located in the valley, the historic city center is still up on the hill. Going up to see it can be sometimes challenging as the stairs are partly very steep! But it’s definitely worth it to take this way up, as you can see the Plaza Mayor, the cathedral of Cuenca and the hanging houses.
Hanging Houses (Casa colgantes)
These houses stand out with wooden balconies, literally hanging from the rock and looking towards the river Jucar. As Cuenca suffered from constant lack of space, people decided to just build their houses “above” the river, making it look like they are hanging from there.
For many travellers, this is one of the most beautiful corners of Spain:
It is a geological site near the city of Cuenca, in which the erosive forces of weather and the waters of the nearby Júcar river have formed rocks into distinctive and memorable shapes. It was declared a Natural Site of National Interest on 11 June 1929.
You can believe us when we say Cuenca is beautiful, but it is even twice as beautiful during the evening time.
So this time we will stay during evening and enjoy the afternoon & Evening views of Cuenca.
We will visit Ciudad Encantada, Cuenca & we will also stop on Ventano de Diablo (Mirador) Viewpoint to Jucar River and Hanging houses.
Some photos from the last excursions to Cuenca (click to see more):
Food and drinks: You can bring from home and or eat at a restaurant there and enjoy the authentic food from Cuenca.
Clothes: Bring comfortable clothes because we will walk a lot.
individual ticket: until Wednesday 24€, after Wednesday 26€
group of 5 or more: until Wednesday 23€, after Wednesday 25€
includes: bus + both guides (Cuenca & Ciudad Encantad)
Discount of 5% with discount code “LANGUAGEEXCHANGE”
not included: Entry to Ciudad Encantada 5€
More info: http://www.ciudadencantada.es/
online: link below
office: Plaza Honduras 26
at language exchange meetings: Check the page where and when they are held.
Cuenca with Valencia Language Exchange
Description of the different places we will visit:
Guided tour of the city of Cuenca:
The historical center of the walled city of Cuenca is in a steep rocky mass, whose edges have been eroded by the rivers Júcar and Huécar. The city of Cuenca deserves its fame of a singular city with a spectacular natural beauty, the great singularity of its buildings, mansions, temples, churches and typical streets of other times make of this town Cuenca one of the favorite destinations to visit in its tour of Spain.
During our trip to the city we will be accompanied by an official guide of the city showing us the magic city.
we will visit the monuments, the church of San Pedro, the Plaza Mayor, in it we will see the Cathedral and at the end closing the square with three arches, the city hall the Museum of Sciences, the road before the Tower Mangana and a viewpoint with part views of the modern city of Cuenca.
Hanging Houses, (Casa Colgantes)
Within the buildings that we can find in their narrow streets, these houses stand out with wooden balconies, literally hanging from the rock and looking towards the river Huécar. Its origin is uncertain, but its existence is already documented in the fifteenth century. They have been used as private homes and Consistorial House. They currently house the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art of Cuenca, Fundación Juan March.
Most of them were constructed without any logical sense and in any way, molding the constructions one above the other.
It is a set of stones that, by the action of nature, were acquiring forms of objects, people or animals, such as the winch, the stone sea, the boat, a seal or a dog. If you are looking for an original place, this is your site.
Window of the Devil: (Ventano del Diablo)
Then we will make a stop at the viewpoint of the Devil’s Window where we will also eat. It is a rocky place where erosion, for many years, was molding curious figures, arches and promontories.
Centuries ago, the land was covered by the sea. The bottom was of limestone, that once without water, was to the intemperie. The rock was exposed to natural agents and therefore has the particular physiognomy we see today