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A town midst two rifts

The fascinating town of Cuenca sits on a spur of rock between the gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers. The place is an easy trip from both Madrid and Valencia, with high speed trains delivering you to the new station about 5 km out of town. From there, you can hop on a bus or grab a taxi up to the Plaza Mayor.

For me, it is one of Spain’s must-visit towns. It has steep and narrow alleys, sheer cliffs, cathedral, convent, churches, old houses hanging from the cliffs and a top class modern art gallery.

If we clamber to the top of the old town, we can get our bearings. To one side we can see the Rio Huécar, embellished by summer greenery and with the old town on the left.

Cuenca, Spain, June 2017

To the other side is the drier and more rugged gorge of Rio Huécar. This side has the famous casas colcadas, hanging houses, (mid-right below) and the St Paul Bridge which spans the gorge, connecting the old town (right below) with the Convent of St Paul (bottom left below).

Coming back down the hill it is the view on the Huécar side that attracts our attention. A walk across the wood and iron bridge, is great for its stunning views, both up and down, and a good way to get a panoramic vista of the old town.


Copyright Debbie Smyth, 16 September 2020

Posted as part of Thursday Special (rift, span, estival)

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    • I think it looks worse in the photos than in real life. I was fine and managed the bridge no problem. But we all react differently to heights and I had a colleague with me who just couldn’t do the bridge. Glad you enjoyed the virtual journey anyway, Janet. So much safer in many ways 😀

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