Cuenca, the city of hanging houses

Destinations, Castilla La-Mancha

In the city of Cuenca, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, it will be difficult not to fall in love with the cobbled streets and the houses that hang delicately on the cliff.

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Hanging houses are probably what Cuenca is best known for. These houses, which stand out from the Huécar River Gorge and were built to maximize living space for Cuenca’s growing population in the Middle Ages. In addition to these impressive houses, you will find other charming houses throughout the old town that have colorful facades as well as medieval stone structures that really transport you to the past.

Are you wondering if these houses really are home to people? The answer is no, because they now house an elegant art museum, the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. The best thing about this museum is the fact that the art is displayed near the windows from which you can see the river gorge, creating an impressive image.

The location and scenic value of the city are definitely among the main reasons to visit Cuenca. And as you might expect, the hiking trails are an excellent way to enjoy the city’s landscapes. You can get some really impressive views of the Huécar River gorge from the Mirador Barrio del Castillo, a surprising enclave near the ruins of the old castle.

Do you want more? Because the subway tunnels under the old town of Cuenca, have served several purposes throughout the history of the city. One example: they were used as an air raid shelter during the Spanish Civil War. Due to its location between Madrid and Valencia, it suffered quite severe air attacks during the war. The people of Cuenca would hide in the tunnels during these attacks. The tour takes you through the tunnels and creates a theatrical simulation of what it would have been like to be there during an air attack. The tour is both a chilling thrill and a provocative history lesson.

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