We have spent a weekend in Cuenca With a very special group of friends. A few weeks ago, Victor, from My homeland are my shoes, invited us to spend the weekend at his home in the Huerta de la Obispalía, a small town where all the neighbors know each other and in which every morning a van He will sell the bread, because there is neither bakery nor shops. We had never been to Castilla la Macha and we accept the invitation delighted. In addition, we were going to be able to coincide again with Victor and Eva, with Rebecca of El rincón de Sele and meet in person Adela de Callejeando for the planet and Raúl de A pilgrim for the world. A weekend full of good friends and great travelers.
On Saturday, after a breakfast of champions, we took the opportunity to visit the city of Cuenca, a world heritage site since 1996. The historic fortified city of Cuenca It was initially built as a defensive point of the Caliphate of Cordoba and is famous for its perfectly preserved historic center and for the hanging houses.
We start the route up to "El Santo", a viewpoint on a mountain in front of the historic center where you can enjoy a magnificent view of Cuenca. Then we returned to the car to go see the city. We managed to park just below the St. Paul's Bridge, which joins the National Parador with the part where the hanging houses, and Victor explained that in the past the bridge was made of ropes and wood. From the end of the bridge, you can see one of the most famous views of Cuenca, that of the hanging houses, the historic center and the Sickle of the Huécar.
In fact, this same panorama has become very popular in Japan, because the author of anime (series of drawings) Sora no oto (the sound of the sky) has been inspired by Cuenca to create the city in which the action takes place. So it was not surprising that during our ascension to the historic center we met several groups of Japanese who were visiting the city.
Definitely, The most emblematic of Cuenca are the hanging houses (What no pendants!). It is a building built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and that until the eighteenth century housed the town hall. What stands out are the wooden balconies. The houses can be visited, one is a restaurant and another one is the Spanish Abstract Art museum.
We follow our route until we reach the Main Square where is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace. It was built at the end of the 12th century in Norman Gothic style and we did not enter because we had to pay 5 euros. In fact, if you want to visit it for free, you can do it on Sundays at 9.30 and 12, when the mass is celebrated.