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Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 124

Cuenca & La Ciudad Encantada

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Cuenca & La Ciudad Encantada
Cuenca & La Ciudad Encantada

Time & Location

Dec 06, 2019, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 124, Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 124, 46022 València, Valencia, Spain

About the event

 CUENCA – the impressive Spanish town on the edge of a cliff. Roman ruins, gothic towers, and hanging houses — these are just a few things to do in Cuenca. Perched atop a craggy cliff face halfway between Madrid and Valencia, the Medieval town of Cuenca Spain is a fascinating place to visit. Cuenca really feels like somewhere you should enter on horseback. The fortified walls and cobblestone streets make it clear that this town has been here for a while. Most residents now live in the “new” part of town downriver, which helps the old city retain the feeling of stepping back in time.  The Moors built Cuenca in the 12th century, and much of it is preserved well enough to become a UNESCO World Heritage site in the ’90s. As a result, Cuenca has been the backdrop to many cinematic efforts due to its authentic Medieval atmosphere.  

On the way to the city of Cuenca, we will stop at the “El Ventano del Diablo” viewpoint, where you can admire some of the impressive views of the Cañón del Júcar and where many birds, including vultures and alimoches fly over.  

After taking spectacular photographs, we will continue with our trip to Ciudad Encantada  (“Enchanted City”). Located in the village of Valdecabras (Cuenca), in the heart of the Natural Park of Cuenca, the Enchanted City is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places in Spain where you can meet and learn karst geological process and admire his whimsical formations. Therefore, the Enchanted City was declared a Natural Site of National Interest (1929), Natura 2000 Network (1997), Natural Park (2007) & Geosites-UNESCO (2011) At Enchanted city we will take a guided tour and will have a very photogenic walk that has been the scene of shooting different films. The visit is completed with stops in amazing landmarks of the Natural Park of the Serrania de Cuenca where you can watch and photograph vultures, raptors and forest birds. 

Our next stop after Enchanted City will be Cuenca. One of the best things to do in Cuenca is to take a walking tour. Upon our arrival to Cuenca we will make a guided tour, which will help us to understand the city better and make more of the rest of our visit.   

What´s interesting in Cuenca? 

📍 Cuenca Cathedral. The Cuenca Cathedral is known as la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Gracia (the Basilica of Our Lady of Grace), this is Spain’s first Gothic cathedral and it’s really impressive. 

📍 Casas Colgantes (Hanging houses). With origins as far back as the 15th century, these are like early versions of your back porch, only hanging off a cliff hundreds of meters above a river. This is part of what gives Cuenca its UNESCO status, and it’s cool to see. 

📍  Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. This very modern space is housed in the same building with the Hanging Houses mentioned above. The place has a slight labyrinthian feel, in that there are stairs and rooms that lead in unexpected directions. Along the white walls, there are over 100 large paintings and sculptures from some of Spain’s titans of abstract art. 

📍 Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge) & the Parador de Cuenca. Overlooking the gorge on the other side of the river from the hanging houses is the Parador de Cuenca, a very nice hotel built in a former monastery. It’s a beautiful building and one of the best hotels in Cuenca Spain, but another reason to visit is simply the path to get there.  

📍  The Saint Paul Bridge originally built in the 16th century under the proposal of canon Juan del Pozo and formerly the bridge was made by stone. The idea was to connect Saint Paul's Convent with the rest of the city. The original bridge collapsed, and the current one was built in 1902, made of wood and iron according to the style dominating at the beginning of the 20th century. It is up to 40 metres high and 100 metres long, and supported upon the remains of the old bridge. The bridge has one of the best photo spots of the hills of Cuenca, unbeatable views of the city. The "colgadas" houses can be seen in full from the bridge. 

SCHEDULE:📆 

8:00am: Meeting point 📍 near  C/Actriz Encarna Mañez #3 

8:00am-11:30am: bus from Valencia – Ciudad Encantada 

11:30am: arrive at Ciudad Encantada Natural Park  

11:30am: hiking road at the park, guided tour  

13:00am: meeting point to take the bus to Cuenca 

15:00pm: start of walking tour in Cuenca with official guide  

17:00pm: free time in the city , time to visit Museum of Abstraction Art. 

18:45pm:meeting point near the bus station  

19:00pm-22:30pm: bus from Cuenca - Valencia  

22:30pm: Arrive back to Valencia 📍C/Actriz Encarna Mañez #3 

Included >⭕️ 

- Private bus from Valencia to Ciudad Encantada 🚌 - Private bus from Ciudad Encantada to Cuenca  - Official guide in Cuenca and in Ciudad Encantada - Visit of museum ( optional, free entrance ) - Private bus from Cuenca to Valencia 🚌 

Not included: - The entrance to Ciudad Encantada - 3€ / person 

PRICES: 

CHEAPEST PRICE - 27€ till 5th November midnight 

AFTER GROUP DISOCUNTS: 30€ - 1 person 29€ - 2 persons 28€  - 3+ persons 

Don´t miss out on this amazing trip! Please pass by the Soy Erasmus office to buy your tickets soon! 😁 

ONLINE PAYMENT: https://www.soyerasmusvlc.com/events/cheapest-price-till-5-11-cuenca-ciudad-encantada-trip 

Tickets

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    €33.00
    +€0.83 service fee
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