Your luxury vacation begins in Cuenca. After your drive from Valencia or Madrid, check into your accommodations at the Parador de Cuenca. A delightful place to spend the night, this hotel occupies a historic monastery with a magnificent setting on top of the Huécar Gorge. Outside the city just opposite the wondrous “Hanging Houses,” the parador’s natural setting is spectacular. You’ll be awestruck by the gorge’s dramatic vertical drop and the profusion of lush vegetation. Designed with hospitality in mind, the hotel has charming decor and the building’s chapel was converted into a stylish café. There is an outdoor swimming pool, perfect for sunny days. All of the guest rooms offer the modern amenities and the breathtaking views of the city. This parador is a wonderful base for your exploration of the beautiful World Heritage City of Cuenca.
A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, Cuenca is an amazing medieval city full of interesting sights. Surrounded by its ancient wall, this beautiful historic city allows you to enter another era. Cuenca is known as an Enchanted City (“Ciudad Encantada”) because of it wonderful setting and surprising beauty. Visit the marvelous Hanging Houses (Casas Colgadas) that cling to a cliff above the Huécar Gorge. Take a tour of the cathedral, a wonderful example of Gothic style and elegant Renaissance decorations. Other noteworthy sites include the San Miguel Church and San Pedro Church as well as the 16th-century Las Petras Convent. The Museum of Abstract Art offers a change of pace for art lovers. Those who appreciate history should visit the provincial archeological museum. Cuenca is a magical place to wander and explore. Relax and enjoy coffee or “chocolate con churros” (donut sticks and chocolate sauce) in the splendid main square, surrounded by monuments and blissfully free of traffic.