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!
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.
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.
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.