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Castilla-la Mancha- an autonomous region in central Spain, encompassing the provinces of Toledo, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, and Albacete. It was established as an autonomous region in 1982. It is in the historical region of New Castile. Its plains are drained by the Tagus and the Guadiana rivers, and it is bordered by the Iberian range, the Baetic range, and the Morena range.  Wonderful mountainous scenery and valley views, historic cities and castles are well worth the visit.
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Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, Europe
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Cuenca - Mountain top town, renowned for its "Casas Colgadas", or hanging houses, the city is literally hewn out of rock.  Wonderful countryside and views.  Cuenca is a city (2004 pop. 47,862) in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. It is the capital of the province of Cuenca, one of the largest provinces in Spain (17,061 km2.), almost as large as countries like Slovenia or Montenegro... read more Click to view map
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AC Cuenca, Cuenca
Built in 2003 and located 2.5 kilometres from the Old Town, the Hotel AC Cuenca is housed in a distinctive three-storey contemporary building which features a geometric facade in light and dark woods. Within three kilometres of the hotel, guests can walk the picturesque streets of the Old Town and visit the shops and restaurants dotted along the archways of the Plaza Mayor. The hotel houses a fitness centre where guests can work out before indulging in a sauna, steam room, Turkish bath or massage treatment. In the evening, guests can grab a drink from the bar and relax by the fireplace in the lobby or head to the library to browse the bookshelves. The hotel's AC restaurant serves a menu of international dishes and local specialities in a contemporary, minimalist dining area.
Exterior Views Parador de Cuenca, Cuenca
16th Century Convent facing the hanging houses.  The former San Pablo convent sits in a privileged location on the Hoz del Huécar gorge, comprising steep walls and luxuriant vegetation outside Cuenca, facing the hanging houses.  The glazed cloister and old chapel - today a cosy café - are the perfect complement to the interior combining traditional features with more contemporary touches such as wicker, leather and upholstery.  The cosy, comfortable hotel rooms - some with splendid views of the hanging houses - are a highlight as are the conference rooms, the bar and marvellous dining room decorated with exquisite taste.  Well-spiced seasonal fare makes up the base of traditional Cuenca cuisine.  The morteruelo creamy pâté, hash with potted pork loin and roasts are standout, as are the traditional desserts...
Parador de Alarcón, Alarcón, Cuenca Province
This authentic 8th Century fortress is situated on a promontory above the meandering river Júcar, on the Manchego-Levantinas border. The hotel occupies the medieval castle of the Marqueses de Villena, which is over 13 centuries old. Magnificent oak and a mixture of modern and classical styles have transformed this Parador into a new building. The fabrics used within bring out its medieval character; the reds and oranges contrast with the austerity of the space and serve as a backdrop for its genuine art collection.  The Parador de Alarcón cuisine is based on the famous ‘conquenese’ cuisine comprising pickled partridge, duck and game pâtés, and Manchegan ingredients such as Morteruelo (hot meat pâté), Zarajos (fried lamb’s intestines) and Pisto Manchego (marrow with onion and tomato).
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Guadalajara - capital of the province of Guadalajara. It is located roughly 60 km northeast of Madrid on the Henares River. It has several historic buildings such as the Palacio del Infantado, as well as many churches. Click to view map
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AC Guadalajara, Guadalajara
Located in the historic centre, close to the Palacio del Infantado and well communicated with Madrid. Its interior decorated with strong contemporary colors and modern art, this four storey hotel is located opposite the 15th century Infantado Palace in Guadalajara's historical center, less than two kilometers from the station. After a few laps of the on-site jogging track or a workout at the fitness center, guests can relax in the sauna or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool. Featuring comfortable sofas, black lacquered dining chairs and bold artworks, the hotel's David Guerrero Restaurant offers local cuisine in a modern environment. Guests can chose between the bar and the coffee shop for a relaxing drink.Featuring wooden floors, minimal contemporary furniture and crisp white linens, the 103 air conditioned rooms offer free Internet connections, cable television and direct dial telephones.
Hotel Alcarria, Guadalajara
The Hotel Partner Alcarria is housed in a contemporary three-storey property on the edge of the town of Guadalajara, 1 kilometre from the centre. Amistad Park is 500 metres from the hotel, and the Palacio del Infantada Is 2 kilometres away.  There is a 24-hour front desk with a safe-deposit box, and the hotel also offers a room service menu. The onsite café has a patio for outdoor relaxation, and other amenities include air-conditioned public areas, conference facilities, and free garage parking for those arriving by car. Restaurant Arriaca serves regional specialities in a contemporary setting.  The 53 guestrooms, over three floors, have light, neutral decor and functional furnishings.
Tryp Guadalajara, Guadalajara
The Tryp Guadalajara is a modern property located in a quiet residential area adjacent to a golf course and two kilometres from Guadalajara centre. After breakfast, guests can browse through the complimentary newspapers in the hotel lobby or head to the hotel's fully-equipped fitness room for a workout. The hotel houses a games room complete with billiards table and television, and guests can enjoy Mediterranean specialties in the modern La Claraboya restaurant. The hotel houses its own bar and those on business will benefit from the hotel's 14 meeting rooms and range of audio-visual equipment. The 159 guestrooms are decorated in soft neutral colours with patterned fabrics and modern furnishings. Room amenities include air conditioning, wireless Internet connections, satellite television with pay movies, telephones, hair dryers, minibars, and safes.
Manzanares - A picturesque town in the Sierra de Guadarama at the foot of La Pedriza mountain. Its 15th century castle is a jewel of civil architecture. It is worthwhile taking a stroll through La Pedriza park and along the banks of the Manzanares river.  Location is 47 Kilometers from Madrid. Click to view map
Parador de Manzanares, Manzanares, Ciudad Real
Located in a La Mancha style country house in Manzanares, the Parador De Manzanares is placed between three most beautiful nature reserves of the country, which are Cabaneros, the Ruidera Lagoons and the Tablas De Daimiel. Trees, bushes, gardens, and plants impregnate this place with greenery, and with its swimming pool make for a very appetising setting within the La Mancha countryside. The hotel has well-appointed rooms that are equipped with modern amenities, provides an affable and friendly atmosphere.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves regional specialities and also enjoy a fine drink at the bar.  Conference facilities are available for people on business travel. During leisure, you can relax at the pool or explore the city
Oropesa is a Spanish town in the province of Toledo. The town of 2,872 is famous for its castle-turned-parador, which was built in 1402. The parador was formerly the residence of the Toledo family of nobles. This includes Francisco de Toledo, Count of Oropesa, who became the Viceroy of Peru. The town has a yearly celebration in April called "Jornadas Medievales", or "Medieval Days", which plays off the presence of the Castle in Oropesa. Click to view map
Parador de Oropesa, Toledo Province
15th Century Palace and Castle - The stately home of the Álvarez de Toledo, Counts of Oropesa, once the home of soldiers, clergy and noblemen, enjoys exceptional views of the Sierra de Gredos. The historic value of the Torre del Homenaje, a tower attached to the Parador, the columns of the courtyard, and the pool with outstanding views over the plains of Campo Arañuelo, make up a very attractive hotel. The interior is dominated by lamps, chests and curtains, with large, bright rooms, lounges and work spaces. Game and seasonal produce are features of Oropesa, where the cookery of Toledo offers lamb, roast kid and other specialities such as migas del Arañuelo, a bread-based dish, and confit of partridge. 
Sigüenza - a beautiful and inviting city, enriched by the passing of time although its medieval character is relatively unchanged. Stroll through the winding streets of the city contemplating interesting monuments and visiting shops filled with local artisan crafts. Click to view map
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Exterior Views Parador de Sigüenza, Sigüenza  - Guadalajara Province
Installed in an Arab fortress, built on Roman foundations, the construction began in 1123 of this imposing castle, home of bishops, cardinals and kings. This is an appropriate base for exploring the historic town and the beautiful landscape around it.  The hotel’s traditional Castilian furnishings are tastefully displayed in the large, comfortable rooms, some with canopied beds and terraces, authentic royal bedchambers in a palace which has kept its lordly halls, ideal for meetings and celebrations, and a 13th century Romanesque chapel. Within its thick stone walls is the cobbled courtyard and an imposing dining room, where you can enjoy fried eggs with breadcrumbs and lardoons, oven roast baby kid, cod with Manchego cheese, and for dessert the famous borrachitos seguntinos and flores de Cabanillas.
Exterior Views Rusticae Molino de Alcuneza, Sigüenza
Traditional flour mill overlooking the fresh waters of the river Henares. It is situated only five minutes from the medieval city of Sigüenza. Originally built in the 15th century, the hotel has been tastefully restored, keeping the original features such as wood, stone and iron. Fireplaces and spacious lounges transform the mill into a place that invites you to rest and relax. The whole family run the hotel taking care of every detail and making you feel at home. In 1997 the mill was awarded the prize of the best rural hotel in the region.  The hotel cooks beautifully made traditional dishes for the guests. Only serves dinners: 27,05€ approx.  The rooms are as cosy as the rest of the millhouse; white washed walls, wooden furniture, pretty lamps and flower ornaments. 
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Cuenca is a city (2004 pop. 47,862) in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. It is the capital of the province of Cuenca (see map), one of the largest provinces in Spain (17,061 km2.), almost as large as countries like Slovenia or Montenegro.

Main monuments
Our Lady of Grace cathedral - La catedral

It was built from 1182 to 1270. The façade was rebuilt after it crumbled down in 1902. It is the first gothic style Cathedral in Spain (together with Avila's one), because of the influence of Alfonso VIII wife, Leonor Plantagenet, from Aquitaine, who introduced the Anglo-Norman style.

From that date the cathedral has undergone some changes. An apse-aisle (doble girola) was added in the 15th century, while the Renaissance Esteban Jamete's Arch was erected in the 16th century. The main altar was redesigned during the 18th century: it features a precious iron-work gate. The façade was rebuilt in 1902 from ruins due to the collapse of the former bell tower, the Giraldo. In the early 1990s modern coloured windows were installed, and in 2006 one of the two old baroque organs from Julián de la Orden was recovered. The other organ has also been restored, and on 4 April 2009 an inauguration ceremony was held.

When being indoors, don't forget to note that the naves doesn't follow exactly a straight line and the San Julián altar, at the apse-isle, a marvellous one with columns made of green marble. If it is a sunny day you will be able to enjoy the coloured light on walls and on the floor produced by the windows.

Convento De Las Carmelitas, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, Europe
Convento De Las Carmelitas, Cuenca,
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Saint Peter church - Iglesia de San Pedro

With Romanic origins, the church was rebuilt by Jose Martin de la Aldehuela during the XVIII century and features since that moment a baroque façade. It shows an octogonal shape outdoors but it is circular inside, and it is located at Plaza del Trabuco, with near stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. A lot of weddings are celebrated here.

This church can be reached by going up along San Pedro Street from Plaza Mayor .

Saint Michael church - Iglesia de San Miguel

It was erected during the XIII century, with only one nave and an apse. In the XV century a second nave at the north side was added, the dome was built by Esteban Jamete in the XVI century and finally the wooded ceiling of the two naves was changed by stone-made vaults during the XVIII century. Saint Michael was restored in the XX century, and its management was transferred to Cuenca's municipality from Cuenca's Diocese, so that this church could be used to hold classical music concerts.
Saint Michael

San Felipe Neri Church

Our Lady of Light church (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Luz)

The Savior church - Iglesia del Salvador

Built in neogothic style during the XVIII century, with only one nave and a high tower. It shows a modest baroque facade and some remarkable baroque altars indoors.

The famous religious procession "Las Turbas", held on Good Friday morning, starts at this location, since the image of "Jesús el Nazareno", which is at the forefront of the procession, is kept within "El Salvador".

If you are on Holy Week in Cuenca you shouldn't miss this moment (6 am), but please don't forget your coat and beware of crowds.

Las Petras convent

Saint Paul bridge - Puente de San Pablo

It was built from 1533 to 1589, a construction driven by the canon Juan del Pozo, over the river Huecar's Gorge, aiming at comunicating the old town with St Paul convent.

The original bridge collapsed, and the current one was built in 1902, made of wood and steel according to the style dominating at the beginning of the XX century. It is up to 60 metres high, and supported upon the remains of the old bridge.

When crossing the bridge, mind the height, don't be afraid of the creaking wood, and enjoy the views of the old town.

Parador Nacional de Turismo, The old Saint Paul convent
Bishop Palace. Since 1588 it contains a museum of art with goldworks, Flemish tapestries and paintings from artists such as Ribera, Van Dyck and El Greco.
El Castillo: An Arabic alcazar which, for some centuries, housed the local seatl of Holy Inquisition.
Mangana tower. A watch tower commanding the city, what remains of an Arabic fortress.

Town Hall - Ayuntamiento

Remarkable building in baroque style built up during the ruling period of king Carlos III and supported over three roman archs. It was finished in 1762, as it can be red on the façade.

The central arch is the only one giving access to vehicles to Plaza Mayor.
Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, Europe
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Hanging Houses - Las casas colgadas

Built over a rock above the Huecar's river Gorge in the XV century, they are the only remaining sample of this type of buildings which were frequent in this city long time ago.

Las Casas Colgadas can be considered the most famous civil building in Cuenca. They house a restaurant and the Museum of Abstract Arts and they serve as the background of millions of photos made from the st Paul bridge.

Home of the Cuenca's Province council - Diputación provincial de Cuenca

A simple but elegant building with 2 floors built at the beginning of the XX century according to a project conceived by provincial architect Rafael Alfaro.

The Cuenca shield at the façade is made of Carrara marble.

The gardens, with flowers and hedges over a grass meadow, are laboured with great care.

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Latest update: September 18, 2012