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Cuenca Old Town
Cuenca Old Town in central Spain sits high on a rock formation flanked by the gorges of two rivers. Some of its buildings dramatically line a cliff edge (see photo).
They date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Some of their balconies hover precariously over a deep ravine. The Museum of Spanish Abstract occupies one of these cliff-edged structures. Art critics have praised it.
The Cuenca Old Town is more than just hanging houses. Visitors enjoy exploring its main square and the narrow, crooked, cobblestone streets lined with pastel-hued buildings. The 13th century Cathedral is also worth a visit.
Climb up to the castle and beyond for sweeping vistas. For a memorable view of the Hanging Houses, walk on the suspension bridge.
The modern part of Cuenca
It is minimally interesting. Use it only as a gateway.
Nearest major city
Cuenca is about 140 kilometers (85 miles) from Madrid, making it a popular day or two trip from Spain's capital.
Location in Spain