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Travel – Cuenca – Spain – Part 4

Cuenca is actually a city within the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain.

Main Sights of Cuenca

Monument dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
• In addition to the Cerro Del Socorro, there is a monument dedicated to Holy Heart of Jesus.
• The construction materials were transported on donkeys in the mid-20th century.
• This place is a magnificent viewpoint of the city.
• It may be accessed by taking the trail to Palomera or Buenache de la Sierra.

Cuenca Province Council
• The provincial council’s seat also known in Spanish as Diputacion provincial de Cuenca is actually a building with 2 floors.
• It was constructed in the early twentieth century.
• This was along with a project that was conceived by provincial architect Rafael Alfaro.
• Cuenca’s coat of arms in the facade consists of Carrara marble.

Other notable buildings in Cuenca are:
– The San Felipe Neri church
– The Our Lady of sunshine church
– The Las Petras convent

• Archeological Museum
• Diocese’s Museum
• Museum of Abstractionism
• Museum of Science of Castile-La Mancha
• Spanish Abstract Art Museum, in Cuenca.

El Escardillo Park
• It has many trees and a fountain spanning a small patch of ground.
• It truly is one of the best green areas in the old town.

Los Moralejos Park
• This park is located near to the entry point from Madrid, Los Moralejos, also called “Carrero”.
• Its old name was Carrero Blanco, the VP of General Franco.
• This is a park which was enlarged in the early nighties.
• This was when San Julian’s fair was moved to its current location.
• This released some volume of land.
There is also a:
– Bicycle lane that may be built recently.
– El Sargal” sport centre
– Santa Ana, “El Vivero”, near the Cuenca’s bullring has very large trees that give shadow to many in the park.

San Fernando
• It is located at the expansion subject of Cuenca.
• It features three small lakes.
• San Julian, the oldest one in Cuenca was created in the beginning of the twentieth century.
• He built it from the land donated by Gregoria Fernandez de la Cuba, whose sculpture is found here.
• San Julian’s park is usually a demonstration of sustainable design.
• There is no grass.
• Instead, there are rectangles of terrain along the perimeter containing large trees.
• They are separated by bush rows and sand paths.
• At the heart, an area houses a bandstand.
• A sculpture of Lucas Aguirre y Juarez, who devoted its philanthropic efforts to education of poor children, is also here.
• A fully functional “Manneken pis” relieves thirsty passers-by in the summer days.

Festivitals in Cuenca

• St. Julian’s Day also called Julian of Cuenca – 28 January
• Saint Matthew’s Day – 21 September
• A bull known as la vaquilla in spanish is released on the streets that is being led by people who have ropes.
• People from Cuenca, grouped in “penas”, eat and drink around the streets during four days.
• It is really amusing to watch.

How does the name Cuenca originate?

• The name “Cuenca” comes from Latin word conca meaning “river basin”.
• It includes the gorge of the rivers Jucar and Huecar.
• It is created from the now-ruined Arab castle, Kunka.
• Metropolis of Cuenca can also be referred to as the “Eagle’s Nest”.
• This is due to its precarious position around the fringe of a gorge.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate of Cuenca would be a typical continental Mediterranean of Spain’s “Meseta”.
• Winters are relatively cold, but summers are quite hot.
• Spring and autumn seasons are short.
• You will discover pleasant temperatures during the day.
• It gets rather cold at nights.
• This is due to altitude from 956 m above sea level.
• It is about 1000 m altitude for the old town.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

• Cuenca lies on the secondary rail route which runs from Madrid to Valencia.
• There are at least 4 trains to and fro every day.
• The journey takes about two and a half hours from Madrid.
• It takes about three and a half hours from Valencia.
• The trains have poor quality.
• It becomes better to travel on road.
• It requires 1h 30m from Madrid.
• Cuenca will have broadband trains.
• You will need 45m from Madrid.
• It’s actually a popular weekend destination.
• Hotels are sometimes less crowded through the week.
• There exists a bus station called Cuenca bus depot.
• It is located in the core of Cuenca.
• There are buses available that travel to nearby cities.
• Travel time to Madrid is around two hours.
• Expect the same travel time to Valencia.
• It costs around €12.
• Metropolis is served with the Cuenca Railroad station.
• It is a popular day or weekend trip from Madrid, that it is rather well connected.
• A brand new AVE (high-speed rail) link was established between Madrid – Atocha station and Cuenca – Fernando Zobel station.
• Travelers have frequent connections every day.
• It cuts down on the journey time as it is only 50 minutes.
• RENFE also operates a non high-speed service.
• It takes about three hours from Madrid.
• Auto Res is a bus operator.
• It links Madrid to Cuenca.
• It takes about 2 hour or 2:30 hour duration.
• The A-40 motorway connects town using the A-3 to Tarancon.
• This is about 82 kilometres (51 mi) away from Madrid.
• It totals to 166 kilometres (103 mi) to Spain’s capital.
• Cuenca is 200 kilometres (120 mi) faraway from Valencia, through the A-3 from the opposite sense.

Get Around
• It’s better to travel around in a car or go by walk.

Some Travel Books on Spain

Rick Steves’ Spain 2013 Lonely Planet Spain Spain…A Culinary Road Trip

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