Old Town of Cuenca, Natural Beauty, On The Rocks

Old Town of Cuenca, Natural Beauty, On The Rocks

Cuenca is a municipality belonging to the Castilla la Mancha autonomous community. It is located on a rocky promontory, that descend almost vertically into the Júcar and Huécar rivers.

As seen in the picture above, the “hanging houses”, were built  in the fifteenth century, on the rock which rise to form the Huécar river canyon. After thousands of years dating back from the Upper Paleolithic, 90,000 BC, through the Roman period, and until the later Muslim invasion in the year 784, the town of  Qunka or Kunka, was established.

Hanging Houses from the San Pablo Bridge
Hanging Houses from the San Pablo Bridge

These are the only surviving examples of this type of building, that were common in this city for a long time. Currently the Hanging Houses, are a restaurant and the Museum of Abstract Art.

They also serve as a great location for millions of photos taken from the San Pablo bridge.

Cuenca Seen From The San Pablo Bridge
Cuenca Seen From The San Pablo Bridge

The photo below, show a part of The Enchanted City.  It is a geological site near the city of Cuenca, where the erosive forces of the weather, and the water of the nearby Júcar river, have formed very special and fantastic shapes on the rocks.

Enchanted City of Cuenca
Enchanted City of Cuenca
Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City), geological site close to Cuenca
Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City), geological site close to Cuenca
Enchanted City - "El Tormo Alto", Rock Formation
Enchanted City – “El Tormo Alto”, Rock Formation

These rocks of outstanding beauty, also serve as a great location for sport climbing.

Escaladores en Cuenca
Escaladores en Cuenca
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