Although I wasn’t completely blown away by the town of Cuenca, I would have to say we found some of the nicest people there. Christina, Jenn, Paige, and I all went for a little day trip.
In Spain, it’s very common to ask other people for directions. I’ve even been asked for directions. I’m horrible at directions so….the conversation doesn’t usually go to far. However, there have been a handful of times when I actually have given directions!
We decided to ask a lady on the street for directions and not only did she give us directions but she walked with us for about 10 minutes! She was so nice and even stopped to ask for further directions because she didn’t know where the tourist office was.
She asked us if we had a “guira” which means guide. We laughed and said, “no!” “It’s always more fun without a guide.” Day trips, for me at least, usually consist of wandering around the town and attempting to find the top picks, having lunch and then heading back home.
Puente de San Pablo. The bridge has an amazing view of the river!
Cuenca is best known for their “casa colgadas” hanging houses. Pictured here is the most famous one. The hanging house has been remodeled and is now an modern art museum. –Tip: If you are a student or have a student id you can get in for a 1.50€, otherwise it’s 3€. Totally worth it. The museum also offers beautiful views and the architecture and interior is amazing.
This is a view from the museum.
A few photos inside of the museum.
After the museum we wandered and found the cathedral. We didn’t go inside but the outside was breathtaking, just like all the other cathedrals.
Then on to plaza mayor. Plaza mayor is pretty small and doesn’t have too many restaurants. We ended up stumbling upon a restaurant, El Secreto, that I had seen on tripadvisor. The service and the food wasn’t outstanding, just average.
After lunch we were pretty tired and got a little lost so we ended up walking around and stopping in a little bakery. A little old man, who was very hard to understand, started talking to us. He asked us what we were doing in Cuenca and was super friendly. Then the owner of the bakery started talking to us in English and told us that her son also spoke English. After that we chatted for about an hour with the guy and even got some free cookies! Score!!
Personally, I was a little disappointed in Cuenca because I thougt there would be more hanging houses. Technically there is really only one that hangs off the cliff. But the nice people that we encountered defintely made the trip!
I just got back from Sevilla today, so more pics and blogs to come!