Parador de Cuenca Information

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Parador de Cuenca

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Facilities

  • Twin rooms (54)
  • Double rooms (7)
  • Room with living room (2)
  • Capacity (126)
  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Deposit box
  • Minibar
  • Lift
  • Parking
  • Garage (charged)
  • Credit cards
  • Currency exchange
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Tennis court
  • Swimming pool
  • Golf (5km)
  • Airport (167km)
  • Station (2km)
  • Port (220km)

Parador de Cuenca - 16th century convent (4*)

The Parador

Overlooking the sheer-sided Huécar Gorge and the famous “casas colgadas” (houses hanging from the rockface), the Parador de Cuenca is spectacularly located in the former Dominican convent of San Pablo opposite the old town. The building forms part of the World Heritage Site that takes in the old quarter of Cuenca, a historic cathedral city situated half way between Madrid and the Mediterranean coast.

A metal bridge over the gorge connects Cuenca’s Parador with the old town, offering tremendous views up and down the valley and across onto the hanging houses for its guests and for most of the year a river slowly snakes down the gorge. With its pale walls, pantiled roofs, its peaceful cloister and its old chapel, the former convent building of the Parador de Cuenca provides an atmospheric stay for the visitor, you cannot fail to sense the authentic ambience of this wonderful, religious monument. The rooms within the Parador are very comfortable, cosy and traditional in style – often with small windows and tiled floors - and the bar and restaurant offer splendid service and great local cuisine, the perfect place to spend a relaxing evening as you soak up the atmosphere.

The Parador's restaurant - the original refectory - specializes in the local Cuenca cuisine, with such dishes as Ajomortero (a purée of desalted cod, potato and olive oil), Morteruelo (a spicy game pâté) and Alajú (a variety of nougat made with almonds and honey, wrapped in a crêpe).

The Parador de Cuenca is fully equipped with modern facilities which include a gym, sauna, tennis court and a seasonal open-air swimming pool.

Keytel Tips

- Desserts are particularly good in the Parador’s restaurant
- Enjoy a stroll around the old town before nightfall and enjoy a drink in one of the traditional old bars

Local area

The city of Cuenca has become a very popular attraction in the region of Castilla La Mancha due to it being declared a World Heritage site and the abundance of architecture and nature that can be found there. The city is divided into two parts; the old town and the modern town. The upper is the old historic town, the heart of the city of Cuenca, where the main historical focal points such as the impressive gothic Cathedral and the main square can be found.

Cuenca’s Parador is to be found here. What makes this location special is the combination of rivers, valleys, the gorge and the mountain ranges- creating some wonderful panoramic viewpoints of the surrounding areas. For those wanting to explore a little further afield, the ‘Ciudad Encantada’ or Enchanted City is a must-see for visitors, located outside the city (35km) it showcases some extraordinary rock formations created by a combination of weather and river erosion.

Click here for Lorna Robert's expert view on this Parador as she journeys through Madrid & Castilla La Mancha.

Parking

This Parador has a garage which has a charge, payable locally.

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.

The Parador's restaurant - the original refectory - specializes in the local Cuenca cuisine, with such dishes as Ajomortero (a purée of desalted cod, potato and olive oil), Morteruelo (a spicy game pâté) and Alajú (a variety of nougat made with almonds and honey, wrapped in a crêpe).

Swimming Pool

The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 15th June 1st September 2017.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.

How to get there

The Parador is located in the middle of the Hoz del Huecar gorge, opposite Cuenca's Suspended Houses, whose access, like that of the old centre, is the extraordinary metal bridge. The N-III is the reference road from Madrid, at the turn-off from Tarancón, or from Valencia through Motilla del Palancar.

Nearby Hotels

Alarcon - 86km
Chinchon - 130km
Albacete - 142km
Teruel - 153km
Madrid Airport - 160km

Region & Cuisine

CASTILLA-LA MANCHA


The third largest in area of Spain’s Autonomous Communities,  Castilla-La Mancha  is also the least densely populated region on the Iberian Peninsula with just 21 inhabitants per square kilometre.  Extending from the province of Guadalajara to the north of Madrid, down through central Spain to its southern borders with Murcia and Andalusia, this is a region of dramatic landscapes and extensive plains immortalized by Miguel de Cervantes in his world-famous work Don Quijote de La Mancha.

With mountains in the north, mountains in the south, high plains in the east and two major rivers, the Guadiana and the Tajo (Tagus), traversing the region from east to west the climate of Castilla-La Mancha is diverse, to say the least. Classified as ‘Continental Mediterranean’, in general winters are cold and summers are hot, with mild temperatures prevailing in autumn and spring.

Besides Guadalajara, the four other provinces which make up this region are Toledo (the city of Toledo is the region’s capital), Albacete, Ciudad Real and Cuenca.  These five cities are really the only major conurbations within this whole vast region, the rest of which encompasses hundreds of small, tranquil villages together with three of the most important nature reserves in Spain:  Tablas de Daimiel and Cabañeros National Parks, and Ruidera Lagoons Nature Park.  Daimiel and Ruidera are wetlands of great ecological value, rich in wildlife, in particular migratory birds. Cabañeros is representative of the authentic Mediterranean Iberian forest.

Certainly one of the region’s cities, Toledo, is an absolute must to visit.  One of Spain’s great artistic treasures, Toledo towers on top of a hill protected by a bend in the  Tagus river to form a natural fortress complete with moat, as it were.  Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO,  Toledo’s old quarter encapsulates most of the historic sights in the city which was for many centuries the capital of Spain and known as the ‘city of three cultures’ – Christian, Islamic and Hebrew.  Without a doubt the best view of Toledo is to be had from the Parador, located on a hill across the Tagus valley, preferably in early evening when the light is just magical.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city of Cuenca, dramatically set between two steep gorges and famous for its ‘Hanging Houses’, a number of which were originally built as a palace in the 18th century but are now property of the city.  Much of the area of La Mancha traversed by Don Quijote and Sancho Panza lies to the south-east of the province of Cuenca and over the border into Toledo province, and a good place to see some of the famous windmills is in the countryside near the village of Campo de Criptana.

The cuisine of the region is varied.  Guadalajara provides lamb and kid, and in particular ‘morteruelo serrano’ – a delicious rich paté of blended meats.  Cuenca’s dish ‘par excellence’ is its own version of morteruelo, made here with ground pork liver, game, hen, nuts and a variety of spices.  Albacete is known for its gazpacho made with a crunchy flatbread,  and for mountain rabbit and hare, while in Ciudad Real you will find many game dishes, several versions of ‘pisto’ (similar to ratatouille), ‘asadillo’ (roast skinned peppers and tomatoes with garlic) as well as excellent lamb stews.

Toledo was, according to Alexander Dumas, ‘the Spanish city where he had eaten the best’.  The province is rich in game and the best known dishes include Toledo-style partridge, marinated boar and ‘cuchifrito’ - crunchy pieces of suckling pig – together with many kinds of sweet biscuits and cakes.

The most emblematic product from La Mancha is Manchego cheese, made in over 300 towns and villages from the milk of over half a million sheep raised on the plains. Over the last twenty years or so the quality of La Mancha wines, especially red wines, has improved dramatically and excellent wine is now produced in the region, particularly in the area of Valdepeñas.

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.