The Coronavirus crisis is causing a lot of panic, which is restricting travel around the world. Unfortunately, Spain is one of the hardest hit countries. This is particularly discouraging, since Spain is one of the greatest travel destinations in the world.
The good news is that the crisis won’t last forever. This means we should look forward to future trips. One of the great places to travel to after the pandemic ends is Cuenca, Spain.
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There are plenty of great things to do when you visit Cuenca. You can read more below.
Wonderful Things to Do When Visiting Cuenca
This list of places to visit in Cuenca will help you to prepare a trip to one of the 15 World Heritage cities in Spain. The city is divided into two parts. The old town located at more than 1000 meters above sea level and the new city that extends into the lower part. Cuenca has an impressive old town, located on a rocky hill surrounded by the gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers, where the buildings border the cliff and the narrow streets take you back to the Middle Ages.
Here you can stroll through the old town until you find the emblematic Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses) or the skyscrapers of the San Martín neighborhood, which is a real wonder and that can still be enjoyed, at certain times of the day, by very few tourists.
Although you can get to know the old town pretty well in a day, we recommend that you spend the night in the city so you can take a pleasant walk at night and have more time to see the surrounding jewels such as the Enchanted City.
Based on the experience of our visit to Cuenca, it is considered one of the best tours in Madrid. Therefore, we will leave you with this list of what we believe are, the three best places in Cuenca.
1. The Hanging Houses
Las Casas Colgadas, is a series of buildings with overhanging balconies over the gorge of the Huécar River. It is one of the most iconic places to visit in Cuenca.
Among the buildings built between the 13th and 15th centuries, only three remain: the Casa de la Sirena, which houses an inn, and the two Casas de los Reyes, which houses an Abstract Art Museum.
To get the best views of the Hanging Houses, we recommend you stand in the middle of the Puente de San Pablo or from the climb to the Convento de San Pablo.
2. Main Square
The colorful Plaza Mayor is the center of the city and another one of the most beautiful places to see in Cuenca.
This square is surrounded by buildings with colorful facades, including the Baroque style Town Hall with three round arches, the Convent of Las Petras and the impressive Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de Gracia.
The Plaza Mayor is also a perfect place to have a drink in one of its terraces and start walking through the city, as it is where the bus line leaves you and connects with the train and bus stations.
A good option for getting to know the history of the city and not missing out on anything important is to book this guided tour or this full tour of Cuenca, which includes entrance to the cathedral and the Museum of Abstract Art.
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3. Viewpoints of Cuenca
One of the best things to do in Cuenca is to go to its viewpoints overlooking the Júcar and Huécar rivers, the city and the mountainous surroundings.
Among our favorite viewpoints to visit in Cuenca are:
Mirador Florencio Cañas: located near the Main Square, it stands out for its views of the San Pablo Convent.
Mirador del Castillo: located under the ruins of the castle, another of the places to see in Cuenca, it offers spectacular views of the houses that border the hill and the Convent of San Pablo.
Mirador hoz del Júcar: located near the Plaza del Trabuco, it overlooks the gorge of the Júcar River.
Mirador del Rey: located in the highest part of the city, it offers panoramic views of the whole city and its surroundings.
Check Out this Wonderful Area After the COVID-19 Crisis Ends!
The coronavirus crisis is taking its toll on the travel industry. We need to start planning trips to enjoy after it ends. We encourage you to enjoy a trip to Cuenca, which is one of the most iconic parts of Spain!