Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Cuenca

Casas Colgadas

The most striking element of medieval Cuenca, the casas colgadas jut out precariously over the steep defile of Río Huécar. Dating from the 14th century, the houses, with their layers of wooden balconies, seem to eme…
Top Choice Museum in Cuenca

Museo de Arte Abstracto Español

From the outside, they look as if they’ve been sawn off from some high-altitude Tibetan temple, but, from the inside, Cuenca’s famous casas colgadas (hanging houses) have been transformed into a suite of airy, clean…
Top Choice Spanish in Cuenca

El Bodegón

No frills, great value, lightning-fast service. Up a narrow lane in the new town, this sociable bar could turn out to be the Castilla-La Mancha eating experience that lingers longest in your memory. It's the perfect…
Top Choice Museum in Cuenca

Museo de la Semana Santa

This museum is the next best thing to experiencing one of Spain's most spine-tingling Semana Santa parades first­hand. Spread over two floors, the hugely accomplished audiovisual show moves from room to room showing…
Top Choice Spanish in Cuenca

Figón del Huécar

With a romantic terrace offering spectacular views, Figón del Huécar is a highlight of old-town eating. Roast suckling pig, lamb stuffed with raisins, pine nuts and foie gras, and a host of Castilian specialities ar…
Cathedral in Cuenca


Lured in by the impressive old-looking façade (it was actually cleverly rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1902), Cuneca’s cathedral is well worth a visit – and not just for those attending Mass. It was built on the sit…
Fusion in Cuenca

Romera Bistrót

Bikes, truffles, sashimi... sound interesting so far? Romero is one of Cuenca's newest restaurants with a short menu that's all over the map: salmon sashimi, black spaghetti, and a foie-gras royale. Everything is ex…
Religious in Cuenca

Semana Santa

Cuenca's Holy Week celebrations are renowned throughout Spain for the eerie, silent processions through the streets of the old town. There's even a town museum dedicated to the annual event.
Tapas in Cuenca

La Bodeguilla de Basilio

Arrive here with an appetite, as you're presented with a complimentary plate of tapas when you order a drink, and not just a slice of dried-up cheese – typical freebies are a combo of quail eggs, ham, fried potatoes…
Gallery in Cuenca

Fundación Antonio Pérez

This huge modern-art gallery in the labyrinthine ex–Convento de las Carmelitas is a typical Cuenca synthesis of old and new. Stuffed with exhibits that will perplex, inspire and (possibly) amuse, it is large, but cr…