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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Northeast Castilla-La Mancha

Ruinas Romanas de Valeria

The fascinating archaeological site of Ruinas Romanas de Valeria is located just outside the village of Valeria, 34km south of Cuenca. Though not as extensive as the nearby ruins of Segóbriga, Valeria is less known …
Top Choice Cathedral in Sigüenza

Catedral de Santa María de Sigüenza

Rising up from the heart of the old town is the city’s centrepiece – the cathedral. Begun as a Romanesque structure in 1130, work continued for four centuries as the church was expanded and adorned. The largely Goth…
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 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 International in Cuenca

Romera Bistrót

Bikes, truffles, sashimi…sound interesting so far? Romero is one of Cuenca's new breed of contemporary restaurants with a short menu that's all over the map: salmon sashimi, black spaghetti and a foie-gras royale. E…
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 Modern Spanish in Cuenca

Raff San Pedro

Tucked down a narrow pedestrian street near the cathedral, Raff's innovative culinary convictions run deep with lively fresh flavours and combinations like tomatoes stuffed with scallop cerviche and stuffed gnocchi …
Top Choice Spanish in Pastrana

Cenador de las Monjas

The dining room in the old 16th-century San José monastery offers beautifully prepared Spanish food that is anything but austere. Sit under a wood-beamed ceiling, overlooked by oil paintings of severe-looking nobili…
Top Choice Spanish in Sigüenza

Calle Mayor

A standout meal stop between the cathedral and castle, be sure to order the simple starter of tomatoes which are grown in the owner's backyard. Mains here tend to be traditional with local roasted meats, such as goa…