Separated from the old town by the ravine and sitting on the edge of the rock is the San Pablo Convent. This is now the parador, a luxurious restoration and four star, state-run hotel. The convent dates from the 16th century and the hotel is adorned with period furniture and works of art. The parador makes an excellent place to stay with splendid views of the town. From the parador take the iron bridge to the old town and watch for the famous 'hanging houses'.
The 'Hanging Houses'
Are possibly the most surprising and amazing features of the city. These four houses literally hang on the edge of the cliff, overlooking the deep ravine near San pablo Bridge. These houses have become a symbol of Cuenca.
Within many of the cobbled streets of old
Cuenca you will find rows of tall, town houses, painted in vivid
pastel colours such as those pictured left. This particual street
is found through the arch of the town hall, heading down the hill.
There are few shops in the old town other than the odd tourist
shop. For shopping you need to head to the modern part of Cuenca.
You will however find a great shop near the town hall that sells
all manner of local craft items.
Walk past the cathedral, up the hill to the castle for splendid panoramic views. There is a walk from the castle, heading even higher that gives you the best views. A little past the castle you will find a tourist information office and several quaint bars. There is ample parking at the top so taking a car through the town is not really a problem. This is also the place to be if you are a walker. There are several planned routes giving the best sights.
Located in Plaza Mayor dates from 1177 and shows architecture over several periods. The interior houses many works of art. There are several chapels located within; each very different.
The Palcacio Episcopal dating from the 13th century is also worthy of a visit.
The Town Hall
Dating from the 18th century is located near the cathedral. Close to this you will find several street cafes where you can enjoy the afternoon sun. There are sevarl car parks close by; don't be tempted to park in the Plaza Mayor. Pictured right is the Plaza Mayor and Town Hall, looking from the cathedral steps.