Road trip 2, day 2, Cuenca

Whenever you talk to Spanish people and ask them where to go or what interesting cities to visit, they recommend you to see Cuenca. And after today, I understand why!

Those of you who have been to Tuscany, Italy, might have visited Pitigliano, a picturesque little village built on a rock. And Cuenca reminded me lot of it!

Compare these two pictures I’ve taken and compare! Amazing, right?

Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy

Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy

The interesting places to visit in Cuenca I found in the old town. Narrow streets and stairs lead up the rock to the top where you have a breathtaking view on the new part of Cuenca and its surroundings. The best pictures I made are from the bridge which connects Parador de Cuenca and the old village. Here you have a perfect view to the most famous perspective of Cuenca: las casas colgadas or the hanging houses with their wooden balconies.

Las casas colgadas, Cuenca

Las casas colgadas, Cuenca

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Although I’m not a religious person, I visit churches on my travels. Always. I don’t know why but I think they always reveal something beautiful. I’m very happy I did so today because the yellow light in the Catedral de Santa María y San Julián de Cuenca was very cool. Don’t you think?

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Tomorrow: Toledo! Olé!

sA

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Road trip 2, day 1, Alarcón

Ok, fair enough, Alarcón is quite far away from Costa Blanca but this trip still makes part of my experience of my sabbatical year in Spain. So I make it short and I write today’s post about my 1st day in Castilla-La Mancha, the province you might know or heard of in Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote.

Alarcón is a tiny medieval village with a lovely castle and a pretty view on the river Júcar, about 190km south-east of Madrid.

Castle of Alarcón and Júcar river

Castle of Alarcón and Júcar river

I spent the afternoon with a short hike along the river, strolled through the few and narrow streets and squares, had a many pictures taken there and captured the sunset in the pine wood which surrounds Alarcón.

church Santo Domingo de Silos, 13th century

church Santo Domingo de Silos, 13th century

Main square

Main square

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I’m spending the night in El Hidalgo de Alarcón, a cosy and rustic B&B in the quiet village. Nights are still chilly up here so I’m happy that the heating is working very well.

I’m looking forward until tomorrow when I’ll discover Cuenca and more of Castilla-La Mancha! 🙂

NIght night everybody!

sA