Ciudad Encantada

Castilla-La Mancha

The extraordinary Ciudad Encantada, surrounded by pine woods, has limestone rocks which have been eroded into fantastical shapes by nature – you'll get a taste of it around Cuenca. The shaded 40-minute circuit around the open-air rock museum is great for breaking up a car journey. It’s crowded on weekends.

To reach here head north out of Cuenca on the CM2105 then CM2104 for around 27km; Ciudad Encantada is well signposted.

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