province of Cuenca is one of five provinces within the region of
Castilla-La-Mancha, the other four being Guadalajara, Toledo, Albacete
and Ciudad Real. The whole area has some of the most historic and beautiful
lands within the whole of Spain.
Remains of burial grounds dating from
the Iron Age have been discovered as
well as some major Roman settlements such as those at Saelices and Valeria.
Cuenca the city, known as the city of
light is easily accessed by means of the
N430/N320 highways and has a good infrastructure within the city.
The city has more than its fair share of historic monuments, which include:
- The Cathedral, located in Plaza Mayor dates from 1177 and shows
architecture over several periods. The interior houses many works of art.
- The Palacio Episcopal, 13th century, the Town Hall dating from the 18th century, splendid churches including San Miguel, San Felipe, Las Angustias
and the Convent of San Pablo, now a hotel.
- There are several very good museums.
Cuenca is a small city, built on a
rock. The space on the rock was smaller than the
required space, so many houses are partly hanging over the cliff.
In the mountains nearby Cuenca is the
Ciudad Encantada, the enchanted city.
Thanks to natural erosion, the rocks here resemble elephants, crocodiles,
moon-landscapes and so on.
If you come here in November, there's
a slight chance of snow. Some of the
rocks look great in white.