From Cuenca a road runs north up the wild and romantic valley of the Júcar, with beautiful views to the rear of the town and the valley, and comes in 36km/22mi to the Ciudad Encantada ("Enchanted City") - not a city but a fascinating geological feature. Here, in the course of many thousands of years, erosion has hewn out of the sedimentary rocks a stony labyrinth of crags and caves and lakes and waterfalls which, with a little imagination, can be seen to resemble a ruined city with its houses and streets and squares.
Mirador de Uña
From the "Enchanted City" a road goes north and then east to Uña, with a viewpoint (mirador) from which there are fine views of the Río Júcar and the artificial lake of La Toba.
Nacimiento del Cuervo
From Uña there is a more arduous excursion on a road which runs east and then north to Tragacete (35km/22mi), from which it is another 12km/ 7.5mi to the Nacimiento del Cuervo, the source of the Río Cuervo. The effort is rewarded, however, by the beauty of the spring, with the water emerging from moss-covered caves and tumbling over rocks into a pool.
Monasterio de Uclés
From Cuenca N 400 runs west to Carrascosa del Campo (57km/35mi), from which a minor road (CU 701) leads southwest to the monastery of Uclés, built between the 16th and 18th centuries, which was the headquarters of the knightly Order of Santiago. It has a very beautiful patio. In the crypt of the church (1529) is the tomb of the poet Jorge Manrique (1440-79). The refectory has a magnificent panelled ceiling with carved medallions containing portraits of Grand Masters of the Order and of the Emperor Charles V.
La Endiablada, Almonacid del Marquesado, Spain
On February third, the people of Almonacid del Marquesado hold a celebration in which they all disguise themselves as devils.
The museum offers displays on a variety of science related topics, including astronomy and evolution.
Address: Plaza de la Merced 1, Spain
Opening hours: 10am-2pm, 4pm-7pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), San Mateo Feast and Grape Harvest - Spain (Sep 20-25), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee: Adult Admission Cost, Group discounts Discount
Useful tips: Extra cost for Planetarium.
Map of Cuenca Attractions