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Cuenca's wonderful casas colgadas, or 'hanging houses', which have been built precariously onto, and into, the cliffs and gorges which surround the town, are one of the reasons this little city captures the imagination of so many travellers. These wonderful constructions, but also Cuenca's old town, with its beautiful medieval architecture, are why UNESCO has included the whole city on its World Heritage list. There's limited options when it comes to staying within Cuenca, so many of our Gurus' recommendations for the best places to stay in Cuenca are actually just outside the city, but offer excellent views of the whole spectacular region.

As well as having your mind blown by the seemingly death defying casas colgadas, with their balconies built out over oblivion, Cuenca's highlights are its wonderful Gothic cathedral, its archaeological museum, full of the area's Roman finds and relics, and its Museum of Spanish Abstract Art - which occupies one of the magical casas colgadas.

Don't forget that as with all popular destinations, the best places to stay in Cuenca will be very difficult to book during the peak summer months. So get organised and plan well ahead!

Best Places to Stay in Cuenca

For location

  • The Posada de San Jose has been enchantingly converted from an old monastery, with lots of the original charming features, like the uneven floors and exposed beams retained. The modern decor sets this off beautifully too. There's also a tapas restaurant and wonderful views across the Huecar Gorge. Its location couldn't be better, right in the heart of the Historical Quarter.

For rural guesthouse

  • La Casita de Cabrejas is a 13 room guesthouse run out of a working farm. Rooms are romantic with their pastel colours, and rustic by design, and they've a nice pool and serve excellent local cuisine. The guesthouse will also help you get the most out of the region with their own adventure company.

For luxury

  • The Parador de Alarcon is easily one of the best places to stay in Cuenca and area if you're after a spot of luxury. It offers four poster beds, exposed stone walls, antique furniture, gourmet food and fabulous views.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Cuenca, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • La Casita de Cabrejas

    Cuenca (Jábaga)

    A lovely private farm cum guesthouse surrounded by vineyards, gardens, and the historical sights of the Cuenca region. Romantic rustic bedrooms in pastel colours have wooden beams and attractive furnishings. Excellent regional cuisine, pool, and an adventure company to get you involved.

    13 rooms from $63
    Active Holiday  -  The hotel has its own adventure company, so countryside activities are a highlight of your stay.
    Country Escape
    Sights nearby  -  Cuenca Cathedral.
  • Posada de San Jose

    Cuenca (Castile-La Mancha)

    An enchanting former monastery. Characterful rooms have uneven floors, exposed beams, white washed walls and modern furnishings. Outstanding views across the Huecar Gorge. A terrace, excellent regional Tapas cuisine, and walking tours nearby. A perfect spot to explore UNSECO listed Cuenca.

    22 rooms from $96
    Local exploring  -  Cuenca is a UNSECO site, and walking around the gorge is a must. Fishing, climbing and mueseums on offer
    Sights nearby  -  Mountains of the Serrania and visit Ventano del Diablo, Ciudad Encantada, Callejones de Majadas, Nacimiento del Rio Cuervo
    Views  -  Huecar River Gorge
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Parador de Alarcon


    Riverside hotel in a castle. Elegant rooms feature stone walls, antique furniture, regal drapes and river views. Garden and terrace. Sublime gourmet cuisine in the restaurant, and extensive wine list from the region. Unique, full of character and romantic.

    14 rooms from $184
    Romantic Break  -  Gorgeous rooms with antique four poster beds, housed in a historic castle on the river, with riding and wine tasting trips
    Fishing  -  On the Júcar River, hotel can advise on equipment rental
    Sights nearby  -  Castillo de Alarcon, Iglesia de Santo Domingo
    Great walks  -  By the nearby Alarcón Reservoir
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