Cuenca (pronounced 'kwen-ka'), a breathtaking mountaintop autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, founded by the Moors as a strategic defense of the area. Due to the shortage of land, the people came up with the ingenious solution of building upwards alongside the cliffs. These 'casas colgadas', seven or eight story HANGING HOUSES have become a signature of Cuenca.
Driving to the top of the old city we then walked to the bottom to meet our bus. During this very steep decline, our guide pointed out the many points of interest. We then taken to a home hosted lunch. This was very special - our hostess Eva, and her father joined us for a traditional meal. The conversation back and forth enabled us to understand their family history and present lifestyle. These home visits are a signature of our tour company, Grand Circle and for the most part are a highlight of each adventure.
Saying goodbye to our hosts, we headed for Valencia arriving long after dark, checking into our hotel and then looked forward to a good nights sleep.
Showered, and having eaten, we took a panoramic drive around parts of Valencia, followed by a walking tour of the central area. After stopping for lunch al fresco, of grilled fish and vegetables, a plate of grilled mushrooms (for me) and cervaza, we walked back to the hotel to rest and experience whatever the rest of the evening holds.