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Between the gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers stands this town in Castile-La Mancha, home to an exceptional architectural heritage. The historic fortified city of Cuenca, formed by the area within the walls and the neighbourhoods of El Castillo, San Antón and Los Tiradores, has been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. Its historic centre declared of Cultural Interest, extends along the edge of rocky cliffs in the heart of the Serranía de Cuenca mountains. The cathedral, the Hanging Houses and the cobbled streets will enchant even the most jaded traveller. Cuenca's Parador hotel is housed in an old Dominican convent, where guests can relax in comfort and enjoy the region's most traditional dishes. One of the best times to visit the city is during the Festival of Religious Music, which has been declared a festivity of International Tourist Interest. Art, history, adventure sports, thermal baths, and shooting are just a few of the options on offer in the province of Castile-La Mancha.

Cuenca, with its historic walled centre which, together with another three neighbourhoods in the city, has been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO, extends along the top of a promontory which overlooks the ruins of an Arab castle, the ancient fortress of Kunka. Meanwhile far below, the modern city spreads along the valley of the Júcar river.

The 'upper city', with the mediaeval street layout which characterises the town, begins opposite the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Luz, at the foot of the bridge of San Antón. This is the start of a route which goes up hills and steps and provides numerous points affording attractive views over the scenery.

The first stop could be at the church of San Felipe Neri, a sober construction which comes into its own during the Easter week celebrations, when the traditional Miserere is sung from its steps. The interior is decorated with Baroque and Rococo motifs. From the other side of the Plaza del Carmen square we can go up to the square of the Torre Mangana tower, one of Cuenca's ancient lookouts and a symbol of the city, visible from almost anywhere in the town. The Science Museum is a stone's throw away.

What to see in the destination

  • Historic fortified city of Cuenca
  • Cuenca castle
  • Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de Gracia
  • Convent of Las Carmelitas Descalzas
  • Convent of San Pablo
  • Cuenca Museum

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Cuenca TouristCard

Basin TouristCard card offers the tourist a number of facilities and discounts when accessing all cultural, leisure and services of the city of Cuenca.

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Fundación Turismo de Cuenca

Centro de Recepción de Turistas.

Avda. Cruz Roja, 1. 16002 Cuenca España

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