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Cuenca: Medieval Old Town

1. Cuenca: Medieval Old Town

Take a tour of Cuenca and experience its historic sites and stunning location with a Spanish-speaking guide. Perched on a natural rock, whose slopes descend into deep gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers, the city is often referred to as the "Eagle's Nest" and the old town is a great example of unbelievable architecture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Cuenca is an undiscovered gem of Spain, full of dramatic "Hanging Houses" and splendid ecclesiastical architecture. Take a stroll through the old town and discover the secrets of the main monuments. Travel back in time along the narrow streets and marvel at the hanging buildings. Get an insight into the local lifestyle and history along the way. Then, get the chance to look inside the 12th-century cathedral, first built between 1182 and 1270 in the Gothic style, and altered several times during the Renaissance and 18th century. (Week ends only)

Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

2. Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

Experience Cuenca and the Enchanted City with an expert local guide on this full-day tour. After taking the bus to the Castilla La-Mancha region, stop at a wine cellar before continuing on to the Enchanted City, where the group will enjoy a walking tour through this magical place. Marvel at the unique natural structures and spectacular scenery. Continue on to the city of Cuenca, and stop in at the Devil's Window, a well-known viewpoint with amazing views. After enjoying free time for lunch, take a panoramic tour through the sickle of the Huécar River and before going to the highest part of the city, El Barrio del Castillo. Descend on foot to visit the most emblematic corners and many monuments of the Medieval quarter of the city. Finally, arrive at the Parador, where the bus will be waiting to return the group to Madrid.

Cuenca: Historic Center and Cathedral of Cuenca Walking Tour

3. Cuenca: Historic Center and Cathedral of Cuenca Walking Tour

Embark on a scenic walking tour through the historic center of Cuenca, and admire historical architecture, gaze at spectacular views of the Júcar and Huécar Gorges, and experience the beauty of the Cathedral of Cuenca and its stained glass windows. Meet the guide near the Plaza Mayor and enjoy the views of the Júcar and Huécar gorges while exploring the historical beauty of the Old Town, and its beautiful architecture. Cross the Plaza Mayor and head toward the San Pablo Bridge area. Walk across the bridge over the Huécar River Gorge, and see some of the best views of the hanging houses of Cuenca, an emblem of the city and an example of popular Cuenca architecture. Finish the tour with a stop at the Cathedral of Cuenca. Finish the tour at the Cathedral of Cuenca, the fifth-largest cathedral in the entire national territory, and one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture in Spain. Admire the beauty of the stained glass windows, the chapels, and the spectacular views from the triforium.

Tour nocturno por Cuenca Medieval

4. Tour nocturno por Cuenca Medieval

Explore the remarkably intact townscape of Cuenca on a night-time walking tour. See the medieval buildings of Plaza Mayor stacked on 2 deep river gorges. Walk through narrow winding streets and cross the San Pablo bridge to admire tall houses with wooden balconies hanging over the sheer cliffs.  Follow your guide through a network of cobbled streets while listening to the history and legends of this medieval fortress town. Enjoy the impressive views of the Júcar and Huécar gorges, passing by the most emblematic corners of Cuenca's old town. Arrive at Plaza Mayor to look at the two most iconic monuments in the town – the arcaded Town Hall and the Cuenca Cathedral. Marvel at the old-looking facade rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1902 with a magnificent Renaissance doorway.  Finally, head to the San Pablo bridge area. Get on this iron and wood footbridge that crosses the Huécar River to get the best views of the hanging houses of Cuenca – an emblem of the town – that look even more stunning at night in the floodlights.

Cuenca: Nighttime Highlights Walking Tour in Spanish

5. Cuenca: Nighttime Highlights Walking Tour in Spanish

Gasp at the storybook landscapes of Cuenca, located in between two gorges, which create unique sceneries. Enjoy an evening stroll through the steep medieval streets on a walking trip with a professional guide and get to know all the historic landmarks of the city. Discover one of the most beautiful Spanish old towns and see the original fortress, built between two limestone canyons dug by the Huecar and Júcar rivers. Admire the facade of the first Gothic-style cathedral built in Spain and walk inside to take in the ornate decorations. Watch the characteristic 'hanging houses' light up at night, creating a mystical cityscape. Learn about their unique suspended structure, dating back to the 14th century.

Madrid: Roman Empire Tour

6. Madrid: Roman Empire Tour

We will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Plaza del Conde de Casal, Madrid, escorted by our guide. Our first stop will be in Segóbriga. One of the most important Roman cities in the center of Spain, in which some of its most characteristic parts are still preserved, such as the forum, the baths, the theater and the amphitheatre. We will continue our tour by visiting one of the most unique attractions in the area, the Lapis Specularis Mines. The Romans extracted here this ore, which they used as crystal, and they distributed it throughout their empire, creating great wealth in the area. Afterwards, we will give you free time to have lunch in the city of Cuenca. We will end our tour with a guided visit to the Mosaics of the Roman Villa of Noheda. This villa hosts the largest mosaics of the Roman Empire found until today, with almost 300 square meters of extension. At the end of the visit we will begin our way back to Madrid, where we will arrive at roughly 19:30hrs Archaeological park of Segobriga. One of the most important traces of the Roman world. This city was the economical and trading ground control for the mines where they obatined the Lapis Specularis, also known as Hispania’s Crystal, allowing its economical peak and its monumental developement starting in the times of Augustus. It is one of the best examples of a Roman city in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, center of lapis specularis mining, true engine of growth of this region in the times of the Romans, which reflects in an obvious way in the city’s urban design. There were only 7 Roman cities in Spain that had a theatre an amphitheatre and a circus, and Segobriga is one of them. We will be thrilled b yan ancient Roman theater and we will step on the arena of a real amphitheatre, followed by the visit of the public baths. Lapis Specularis mines. Hispania’s Crystal, in Saceda del Río district. In small groups of approximately ten people, our guide will bring to a context the value this material gave to this region long time ago. An authentic Roman mine to analyze, in a very visual way, the means and the techniques used in these spaces, lighting, working process, etc. These mines are located in an unmatched natural space, making of this visit the perfect blend between a nature excursion and a historical visit. The Roman Villa of Noheda. This luxurious Roman Villa from IV Century AD, known as the Spanish Pompei, hosts the largest Roman mosaic in the world. At the villa’s triclinium, of 231 square meters, we can find this mosaic unique because of both its dimensions and its state of preservation as well as because of its rich figurative scenes. It is, without a doubt, one of the great wonders on the Roman world. Not in vain declared Katherine Dunbabin, emeritus profesor at Oxford University and one of the world’s greatest experts in mosaics, that it is “the most impressive mosaic she had ever seen along the whole Roman Empire”.

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What people are saying about Cuenca, Spain

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

The tour was really amazing. With charm, patience and friendliness, the guide accompanied us throughout the day in English and Spanish. Even with the numerous photo enthusiasts, he calmly let everyone take the perfect snapshot or even offered his photo skills himself. Learning about everything first hand from a locale was not only interesting but also more unique than a normal stripped down tourist manuscript. Thumbs up for Fernando, who brought his love for Spain a thousand times closer to us. I can really recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy the country air, nature and wonderful views combined with a tracking experience away from the crowds

Excellent Tour organization with good guide and driver to start off the trip, We whole heartley enjoyed the day trip to Cuenca. It was raining and gloomy but our guide's passion effectively took us back to history. I would definitely recommend without any hesitation.

Fernando was very knowledgeable at the park and the city. This tour had a nice amount of walking and the hanging houses were beautiful. Would definitely recommend wearing outdoor gear.

it was more than expected, the guide Fernando was friendly, the city was beautiful, just can't describe with words!! highly recommended! good memories!

It is a place to visit, sibestan for Madrid absolutely recommended