Cuenca Intramuros

The city of Cuenca is fortunate enough to boast two walls, one natural dividing mass of limestone escarpment which separates the Júcar and Huécar rivers and the medieval wall which featured seven doors and enclosed the city. One of those doors, the Valencia doorway, invites us into the Saint Lucía district and leads us to Coin Street, where the local architecture is still recognizable today from the buildings which jut out onto the streets below. Ascending the “Gallo” Steps we can discover part of the medieval wall and also a tower which has been converted into a viewing point. From here, we travel on to The Almudí, an old grain warehouse which supplied the city during the 16th Century. The El Salvador church, with its close links to Cuenca’s Holy Week celebrations draws us towards the Holy Week Museum where we can learn a little more about the most important and emblematic rituals of the city and which have been declared of international touristic interest. Trinidad Bridge which is situated above one of the old city doors, the Huete Door, guides us to the Virgin of the Light Church, the home of Cuenca’s patron saint and who, according to legend, iluminated the path for King Alfonso VIII to conquer the city after 466 years of Muslim rule. It was also King Alfonso VIII who ordered the construction of the Santiago Hospital. Just in front of the opening of Peso Street, we can see a tower which reminds us that here once stood the church of Saint John, who lent his name to this entrance, aso known as the Bolted Doorway. This entrance, which opens onto the Júcar ravine, takes us to a balcony which treats us to a magnificent view of the city and invites us to continue our tour onwards to the natural beauty spots close to the Saint Michael, Pilares and Saint Nicholas neighbourhoods.