This is one of several overviews because the area is so large! The most noticeable sight is the Hanging Houses on the right that lead up to the old town.
Looking at the walk way below, there are a few hardy souls heading for the old town. In the ravine is the river that together with the Hanging Houses, helped keep out the attackers over hundreds of years. You can see a bit of the town in the distance.
This view of our lovely Parador was originally the site of a 16th century convent and retained some original paintings.
This area, Costilla-La Mancha, was immortalized by Cervantes (1547) in “Don Quixote de la Mancha”. The tall, skinny knight riding a sway backed horse and wearing a medal dish as a hat and accompanied by his side-kick, Sancho. Both were out to defend those who needed protection….and did!
This infrequently visited area has great mountain ranges, dramatic gorges and the two cities of Toledo and Cuenca and these were the factures that drew us to Cuenca.
Four of these hallways encircled a beautiful outdoor patio (I could not take a picture because of the bright light). The comfortable furniture, and nearness of the bar made social interaction available ….weather rain (rare) or heat (hot summers)….air conditioning within.
This view of our lovely Parador was originally the site of a 16th century convent and retained some original paintings. This lovely painting above a large doorway was one.
We separated after breakfast: Bert, a photographer, and his wife, Frie, were off to explore. Shortly thereafter Mike and I followed, but a little more slowly. After crossing the track and walking steeply uphill, this was a fantastic close-up of a Hanging House. It was open for tours. But the first room WAS the balcony… and there was no way I was going to look out or down from there!
I took this lop-sided picture of this 12th-18th century Cathedral because of the horde of people surging up the steps trying to enter the church.
Little did we know that it was the beginning of May Day Celebration in the square and the church was locked. There was laughter, music, and finally prayer. This assuages my desire to see the antiquities housed inside.
The younger priest wending their way through the crowd to line up before the stage.
This joyful celebration was worth missing the 12th and 18th century antiquities in the Cathedral.
My opinion is that this row of religious were older, because they got the seats. Because of the crowd (and not understanding much of what they were saying) we moved on to eat lunch and of course have a glass of lovely wine.