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Cuenca has a dramatic and spectacular setting looming above precipitous river gorges. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cuenca is famous throughout Spain for its hanging houses with their balconies leaning out above a sheer drop. The old quarter of this memorable Castilian town sits on a high ridge with views over the surrounding country. With an unusual cathedral and a picturesque centre, Cuenca is an attractive and evocative destination. Venere.com has partnered with great Cuenca hotels to offer visitors the best value rooms for their requirements and budget, with maps highlighting tourist sights and the best routes for arrival. Booking Cuenca rooms in advance at Venere helps visitors enjoy a relaxed stay in this unique location.
What's Cuenca Like?
Taking a walk along the gorge of the Huecar river offers a powerful perspective on Cuenca clinging to its cliff. The setting is Cuenca's main selling point, and the hanging houses, the casas colgadas, are certainly spectacular. Two of them, dating from the 15th century, have been converted into an elegant gallery showcasing a prestigious collection of modern art. The Museo Diocesano gallery is less well-known but contains some outstanding pieces, including rare Byzantine art and works by El Greco. There have been attempts to make Spain's first Gothic cathedral, begun in 1196, more ornate but the interior remains atmospheric and impressive. Cuenca's charm is reflected in the easy going bars and restaurants around the Plaza Mayor where locals gather in the early evening. Cuenca hotels offer the perfect base to explore this remarkable town and its surroundings.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Cuenca
Cuenca is used to tourists and English will probably be understood in the restaurants and cafes but it is polite to learn a few basic phrases of Spanish. Locals tend to observe the traditional siesta, so the city can be very quiet and shops closed between about 3pm and 6pm. Cuenca shares the Castile region's fondness for rich meat dishes. Local specialties include the unusual zarajos, lamb intestines wrapped around a vine branch, grilled and served as an appetizer with olive oil and lemon. Resoli is the local Cuenca liqueur, usually drunk with cakes or desserts. Most versions are coffee flavored and sold in ornamental bottles shaped like the town's hanging houses. Venere.com helps visitors to identify the ideal Cuenca hotels for their stay in the town. Collating certified reviews from past guests, Venere also offers informative photos and sample room layouts to give travelers a detailed picture of what to expect from their Cuenca accommodation.
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