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  • Day2

    Cuenca, Spain

    October 1, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Just about a 100 kms from Madrid is the lovely medieval town of Cuenca. Beautiful location perched high up on the stone cliffs with some beautiful old hanging houses and churches and stone architecture buildings with terracotta tiled red roof houses, make it an ideallic location for a day outing.Read more

  • Day2

    The eyes of truth and Devil's Window

    October 1, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Some amazing fall colors in this region make for a very stunning drive. The eyes in the hill near Cuenca is a unique natural erosion converted to a piece of art. On the way to Albarracín we stopped at the Devil's window. Also saw some very stunning villages on the way.Read more

  • Day74


    January 25, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Cuenca is an old fortress town in the middle of Spain, an hour on the train, east from Madrid. It is perched on top of narrow gorges carved by the Huecar and Jucar rivers, and known for its medieval buildings that cling onto the edge of the cliff, modified in the 1920s to include balconies that hang off the edge of the cliff. These used to line the cliff edge, but there are only 3 such houses left, and looking at them, I shudder to think of what happened to the others. These balconies really hang over a drop of over 300m, supported by nothing. Not even ineffectual toothpicks pretending to give some structural support.

    Just about 25km from Cuenca is the Enchanted Forest. It is not a vegetative green forest of trees, but one of stones, rocks and monoliths carved through limestone by nature. The resultant formations resemble chatting faces, dog's head, ships, whale's tail, and even a city with high rise buildings and streets. All very amazing, amusing and, enchanting. Not driving, we needed to hire a guide. We found Alberto of Ecotourismo Cuenca for only €100 for a 4 hour tour. The tour included the Devil's Window, a lookout where he sets up a telescope for us to watch vultures nesting. He locates their nests by the white steaks their poos leave on the cliffs. It was really fascinating watching the nurturing side of these much maligned birds. Alberto also pointed out the effects of global warming to the ecosystem. For example, there is a population explosion of caterpillars that feed on pine leaves. The cold snowy winters curb their destruction of the native pine forests. However, without the extended days of cold, these caterpillars continue their life cycle throughout the winter months, and the poor pine trees have no time to recover. Indeed, as we were walking around the Enchanted Forest, we saw caterpillars, huge nests of larvae, and the butterflies.

    There are many trails and treks that surround Cuenca town, around and along the rivers. We just explored and did little treks as none of the trails are very well marked, although attempts have been made at the town end to mark the direction of each trail. Once on the trail, the markers disappear, and one just follows whatever looks like a trail. It either leads somewhere, or to the cliff edge, which always presents great views. Being such a beautiful place, and with nowhere in particular to go, and no time restrictions, except "before it gets dark", we had a great time just walking. We must be starting to get travel weary as we also managed to watch a couple of episodes of House that Kai streamed onto the TV via a HDMI cable that we packed from Perth.
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  • Day63

    Day 63: Cuenca

    April 19, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Moving fairly quickly now as there's a bunch more World Heritage sites and places we want to get to in Spain before heading for the UK in early May. So with that in mind, we left Aranjuez in the morning and drove the hour or so eastwards to Cuenca, where another site awaited us!

    Cuenca is an old Moorish fortress built on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by gorges on three sides. Gradually over the years a town built up around it, but due to the terrain and lack of space it became a very vertical town, with houses even built out over the cliffs! These days most of the town is lower down the hill on a flat plain, but the old section is world heritage listed.

    We arrived at the base of the gorge and found a park, then commenced the long walk uphill. We were underneath a large iron bridge which had some great views spanning the gorge and up to the town, so we walked up to that and then across and back, stopping a couple of times to do filming.

    Into the town proper where we checked out the main sites - a cathedral, some chapels and the old fortress, though very little actually remains of the old fortress. It was mostly destroyed during the Napoleonic wars sadly, and the reconstruction these days was a prison during the Spanish Civil War and is now government offices I think. Likewise the cathedral, although one of the oldest Gothic style cathedrals in Spain, the belltower completely collapsed in 1902 and destroyed the facade with it. The facade was rebuilt, but we decided against going inside (it was a bit pricey and of course, dogs not permitted).

    Had a good look from various viewpoints as well, since the sheer cliffs on three sides meant great views of the surrounding areas. Finished filming what we needed to, grabbed a lunch of local soup from a restaurant before heading to our accommodation - a ranch style hotel about 10 minutes drive from town. Room was newly refurbished and quite nice, though the walls were very thin and a noisy young family were next door. I turned the TV up super loud to block them out, and they soon went out for dinner anyway. We had dinner in, an extravagant feast of baguette, cheese, jamon iberico and Milka.
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  • Day35


    April 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Mercredi, 4 avril 2018
    Après une nuit bien froide, nous quittons Madrid pour aller dans la province de Castilla-La Mancha, un haut-plateau. Nous franchissons un col de 1170m pour rejoindre la cité historique de Cuenca, classée UNESCO, qui est située sur un éperon rocheux. Les maisons sont accrochées comme des nids d'hirondelles à la falaise. Nous traversons un pont peu engageant pour atteindre le centre. Il y a de nombreuses églises et couvents dans cette ville médiévale. Nous allons visiter la cathédrale, somptueuse, de toute beauté. Il y a plusieurs "autels de procession" exposés, qui ont servis pendant la semaine sainte, dont le plus grand (la sainte cène) se fait porter par 66 confrères. Nous montons jusqu'aux ruines du château, dont on jouit d'une belle vue sur les ravins qui enserrent Cuenca. Un joli resto, un brin moderne, nous a tapé dans l'oeil en passant, le Aljibe. Pas de regrets, c'est très soigné, presqu'un "gastro", nous nous y sommes régalés. Le camping de Cuenca se trouve à 10km du centre, au bout du monde. Nous nous emitoufflons en prévision d'une autre nuit très froide.Read more

  • Day7

    Cuenca bergauf und bergab per Bike

    October 16, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Vorbei an einem riesigen Kletterspot parken wir kurz vor den Toren Cuencas. In unserem neuen Autoatlas als sehr sehenswerte Stadt markiert, wollen wir uns selbst ein Bild davon machen und fahren mit den Fahrrädern erstmal ziemlich lang bergauf. Der eigentliche Wanderweg ist zum fahrradfahren weniger geeignet. Oben erwartet uns dann schon der Ausblick auf die Altstadt und die bemerkenswerten Häuser, die auf die Berge aufgebaut wurden. Sie sehen aus wie Säulen die sich an die Gegebenheiten der Berglandschaft angepasst haben und sind teilweise riesig hoch.

    Viele der Häuser sind sehr gut erhalten, was die Altstadt richtig charmant wirken lässt. In den Strassen sind noch die alten Laternen aufgehängt, was sich schön ins Stadtbild schmiegt. Zurecht ist die Stadt als sehenswert eingestuft. In Mitten der historischen Altstadt ist ein riesiger Platz mit einer schönen Cathedrale, die wir uns anschauen wollen. Im Moment ist da eine Ausstellung drin, die den Blick in das Innere versperrt und somit schlendern wir noch durch ein paar Souvenirshops auf der Suche nach ein paar schönen Ansichtskarten, aber gehen auch da leer aus.

    Wir schauen uns noch ein paar der Barrios (Nachbarschaften/Stadtteile) an, in denen die Einheimischen Cuencas wohnen und fahren dann wieder zum Auto zurück. Unseren Platz für die Nacht haben wir dann auch gleich entdeckt und wir fahren Kirby noch an die obere Stadtgrenze mit Blick in die felsige Landschaft.

    Hier verwerten wir noch unsere Reste und kochen Abendessen. Fabi hat Schluckauf vom Essen. Das heisst es ist gut scharf geworden ;)

    Anschließend mischen wir uns noch unters Volk und gehen noch in eine Bar etwas trinken.
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  • Jul7


    July 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    De muren rond de binnenstad werden aangelegd door de Moren, die er in de 8e eeuw een burcht bouwden.
    De stad werd op 21september 1177 veroverd door de Castiliaanse koning Alfons VIII, tijdens de Reconquista. Snel na de verovering werd begonnen met de bouw van de kathedraal. Deze verovering wordt in Cuenca nog jaarlijks gevierd van 18 tot en met 21 september met San Mateo.
    De casco antiguo  is schilderachtig en kent onder meer de kathedraal uit de 12e eeuw, de eerste gotische kathedraal van Spanje. De façade van de kathedraal werd in de 19e eeuw toegevoegd.

    Bekend zijn ook de 'hangende huizen', casas colgadas, die gebouwd zijn op een uitstekende rotspunt boven een ravijn.
    De oude, uit de middeleeuwen daterende binnenstad is gesitueerd op een heuvelrug tussen de rivieren Júcar en Huécar en daardoor langgerekt van vorm. Vandaar dat er veel trappen te lopen zijn. Centrale plek is het Plaza Mayor, waaraan de kathedraal en het stadhuis gelegen zijn.
    Er wordt veel gerestaureerd en al was het zondag, Ad ging meteen een handje helpen.
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  • Jul7

    Cuenca 2: bidden tot de Heer 24\7

    July 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    De joden en islamieten werden verdreven tgv het christelijk monopolie in de 12e eeuw. Maar een natuurlijk uitsterven dreigt nu de " slavinnen van het Heilig Sacrament" die 24 uur per dag bidden nog maar met 15 zijn. Ze communiceren alleen met de buitenwereld via een luikje, en met de Heer in de kapel. ( NB op goede vrijdag bidden ze niet, hij is dan bezig...) In een ander klooster dat een groot blok beslaat - met een paar ruimtes in de plint verhuurd- leven nog 2 nonnen, beide ruim 90÷! ( Het roze gebouw heeft de ingang)
    Op een andere plek is de kerk omgetoverd tot parkeergarage.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cuenca, قونكة, Горад Куэнка, Куенка, Conca, Κουένκα, Kvenko, کوئنکا, קואנקה, कुऐनका, Կուենկա, CEJ, クエンカ, კუენკა, 쿠엥카, Kuenka, Cuenca i Spania, ਕੁਐਂਕਾ, 16001, Куэнка, เกวงกา, کوینکا، ہسپانیہ, 昆卡

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