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Cuenca: Medieval Old Town and Cathedral Tour

1. Cuenca: Medieval Old Town and Cathedral Tour

Take a tour of Cuenca and experience its historic sites and stunning location with a Spanish-speaking guide. Perched on a natural rock, whose slopes descend into deep gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers, the city is often referred to as the "Eagle's Nest" and the old town is a great example of unbelievable architecture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Cuenca is an undiscovered gem of Spain, full of dramatic "Hanging Houses" and splendid ecclesiastical architecture. Take a stroll through the old town and discover the secrets of the main monuments. Travel back in time along the narrow streets and marvel at the hanging buildings. Get an insight into the local lifestyle and history along the way. Then, get the chance to look inside the 12th-century cathedral, first built between 1182 and 1270 in the Gothic style, and altered several times during the Renaissance and 18th century.

Cuenca: Tourist Train Tour

2. Cuenca: Tourist Train Tour

Discover the UNESCO World-Heritage listed city of Cuenca in one day with the tourist train stopping at the city’s most important monuments. Head out on a route that totals approximately 45 minutes. Take a ride on the tourist train leaving from Cuenca Castle before making its way to historic sites such as Plaza Mayor (the main square), the San Julián Park, the Gothic-style Cuenca Cathedral and the famous Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses) on the banks of the Huecar River. You’ll have the chance to stretch your legs at any of the stops to view these monuments up close. Enrich your visit with an audioguide providing explanations of the legends surrounding Cuenca’s landmarks. Listen through free headphones to the guide available in 5 languages: Spanish, French, English, German and Italian.

Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

3. Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

Experience Cuenca and the Enchanted City with an expert local guide on this full-day tour. After taking the bus to the Castilla La-Mancha region, stop at a wine cellar before continuing on to the Enchanted City, where the group will enjoy a walking tour through this magical place. Marvel at the unique natural structures and spectacular scenery. Continue on to the city of Cuenca, and stop in at the Devil's Window, a well-known viewpoint with amazing views. After enjoying free time for lunch, take a panoramic tour through the sickle of the Huécar River and before going to the highest part of the city, El Barrio del Castillo. Descend on foot to visit the most emblematic corners and many monuments of the Medieval quarter of the city. Finally, arrive at the Parador, where the bus will be waiting to return the group to Madrid.

Cuenca: Nighttime Highlights Walking Tour in Spanish

4. Cuenca: Nighttime Highlights Walking Tour in Spanish

Gasp at the storybook landscapes of Cuenca, located in between two gorges, which create unique sceneries. Enjoy an evening stroll through the steep medieval streets on a walking trip with a professional guide and get to know all the historic landmarks of the city. Discover one of the most beautiful Spanish old towns and see the original fortress, built between two limestone canyons dug by the Huecar and Júcar rivers. Admire the facade of the first Gothic-style cathedral built in Spain and walk inside to take in the ornate decorations. Watch the characteristic 'hanging houses' light up at night, creating a mystical cityscape. Learn about their unique suspended structure, dating back to the 14th century.

From Madrid: Private Day Trip to Cuenca with Tour

5. From Madrid: Private Day Trip to Cuenca with Tour

Enjoy the convenience of a private door to door transport service on this day trip from Madrid to Cuenca. Take a tour with a local guide to admire sights like the convent of Saint Pablo and the imposing Cathedral of Cuenca Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Madrid. Sit back and relax in a comfortable car on the scenic drive to Cuenca. Meet your local tour guide once you arrive. Take in the Roman and Moorish monuments in the historic center. Head to the Cathedral of Cuenca to view its imposing Gothic façade. Admire the 15th century Saint Pedro's church which occupies the highest point in the city. Continue to the outside of the old town to view the massive convent of Saint Pablo which is perched atop a cliff. Marvel at the old houses that hang precariously off the the cliffs at the houses of Casas Colgadas. Have some free time to explore the city center or stop in at a local restaurant before returning to your accommodation in Madrid.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Amazing day trip. Highly recommend. I was supposed to have English tour, but when I arrived the tour was in Spanish only and no one spoke English. I have basic Spanish skills. No matter the language, words are not needed to appreciate the natural and historical beauty seen on this trip. Morning started with coffee/restroom break at Finca La Estacada then on to the Ventana del Diablo for a quick stop to see amazing view. We then went to La Ciudad Encantada. It was stunning and unexpected. Great tour through rock formations. The day ended in Cuenca which is gorgeous. The history surrounds you. The homes on the cliffs are awe inspiring. Lunch with a newly made friend was exceptional. We laughed and enjoyed despite the language barrier. One of my favorite tours ever. Great guide, Antonio, even though I barely understood him. The guide in Cuenca was amazing too. A trip not to miss. Very unique.

We had one more day in Madrid and wanted to do something else as we had seen everything in Madrid already. We happen to randomly come upon this tour and it was the best thing we could have done for our last day in Spain! The enchanted city was a small hiking Excursion. I do wish we were given more time to do more hiking to explore on our own there. It was nice to be out in nature in Spain. Then when we got to cuencq, they gave us an hour and a half for lunch and we found a cute little spot for lunch. Then we took a tour of the town. That was very cool! Victor our tour guide was awesome too!

I would definitely recommend this tour. Victor was an amazing guide. He was very approachable, funny and very attentive. He gave a lot of information, first in Spanish and then translated it into English for all English speaking people. As he's from Cuenca himself he gave a personal touch to the tour which made the whole experience outstanding.

Viktor was a great guide who led us through the day with full enthusiasm. The combination of nature and culture was perfect. Very interesting excursion. I found it particularly positive that it was not a huge tour group, but a fairly manageable number of participants.

Nos gustó el paseo, muy buen explicado! Aprendimos mucho y fue divertido. Gracias