Hanging out in Cuenca

The Plaza Mayor

Kaley asked me, “Is there anything to see in Cuenca besides las casas colgadas?”

The short answer: yes, there are a few more things you can do. Soaking up sun on the main square, for example, is ideal for people-watching and cathedral-gazing. There is a smattering of museums and collections (Science! Roman ruins! Semana Santa!) on which I am no expert. I’d recommend the Spanish Abstract Art Museum to any visitor, since it’s your ticket not only to art but also the belly of these strange structures.

Another site is the castle, or what remains of it:

18th-century remnants

From the top of the castle you can take in sweeping views of  the town as well as the dry landscape so characteristic of Castilla-La Mancha:

Part of the fun of a Cuenca trip is simply to wander around, checking out the various vistas and making bets on just how much insurance must be for those houses you saw at the beginning of the day. With narrow, sloping streets and sudden drops, the town is made for exploring. Las casas may be the star attraction, but there’s plenty to see when hanging out in Cuenca.

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  1. I very much enjoyed the castle views.

  2. Cassandra

    Castle Views vs. Semana Santa Museum? There’s no contest.

  3. Cindy

    Loved the “hanging out in Cuenca” comment! Considering the houses, it doesn’t look like you could do otherwise!! Love, Mot 🙂

  4. Cassandra

    Matle – I’ll check into the website, thanks!

    Mot – You know I can’t resist a chance to use a pun : )

  5. That looks really pretty! And it looks like there’s plenty to do for a short trip at least.

    I also heard that there’s a cool music festival in Cuenca in May that’s super cheap and features tons of Spanish rock bands. I wish I could remember the name!

  6. Cassandra

    Interesting, I hadn’t seen or heard anything about a music festival.

    And, yes, you can definitely while away the hours in Cuenca!

  7. I remember loving Cuenca as well, I visited sometime around the same time you did. I visited with a Spanish friend who had already been to Cuenca and she took me up on a hike up to the Jesus statue. Do you remember seeing a statue of Jesus on a cross high up on a hill? That’s where we went. Once you walked across the red bridge and past the mirador, you had to keep following the road until it turns into a dirt path. Had my friend not been with me, I would have never known to hike up the hill. We got a great view of Cuenca from high up. 🙂

    • Cassandra

      I do remember the Jesus statue you mention! I did not, however, know how it could be reached. I’ll have to remember this trick for any future trips to Cuenca!

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