Useful tips for Cuenca bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Cuenca. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Cuenca. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Cuenca highlights.
The province of Cuenca has beautiful landscapes. Your tour with a bus rented with driver around Cuenca can start through the city of Cuenca which has been declared a heritage site. You will be able to visit La Alcarria Conquense, La Mancha, La Manchuela and La Serranía which are places with natural Cuenca, el Parque Natural del Alto Tajo and Hoces de Beteta y Solán de Cabras.
This province has many prehistoric sites. One of the most beautiful that you should go to by coach is Los Abrigos de Verdelpino, Boniches and Villar del Humo. As well, we recommend consulting a travel agent, tour guide or tour operator about sites worth seeing.
While in Cuenca you should travel to some of the wineries. Two of them are Bodega Finca La Estacada in Tarancón that produces the wines Secua and Finca la Estacada or Bodegas Illana in Pozo Amargo with its wine Casa Illana.
The companies that organize events, congresses or conventions should consult with Fundación Cuenca Ciudad de Congresos on Avenida Cruz Roja and transfers in a minibus rented with chauffeur.
When you get hungry, we suggest to travel to these restaurants: Asador La Fragua in Alarcón that has a children’s park and a terrace and allows dogs, Restaurante La Olmilla in Albate de las Nogueras with its traditional cuisine or Restaurante San Nicolás in the city of Cuenca where in the second half they celebrate the XV Jornadas Nacionales Gastronómicas de Caza.
You can rent a bus in Cuenca city or in Cuenca Province. Since there are so many tourism options in Cuenca, we’ve summarized a few of the best, such as La Exposición Permanente de la Obra de Gustavo Torner (The Permanent Exposition of the Works of Gustavo Torner), where they also hold concerts for La Semana de la Música Religiosa (Religious Music Week). El Tren Turístico Ciudad de Cuenca (The City of Cuenca Tourist Train) travels from the modern city to the most interesting places in the medieval city.
In the last decade the Cuenca city council has started to promote an alternative form of transportation that is more ecologically- and user-friendly by creating ten bicycle rental spots called “TuBici” as part of the Cuenca Bici project. These bike rentals are accessible to residents; tourists need to head to bicycle rental stores. Currently there are several places that cater to tourists, such as Todo Bici Cuenca and Severiano Peñalver Zarco, which not only rent bicycles to tourists but also offer them a guided tour through the city (on mountain bike paths).
Definitely do not miss the Semana de la Música Religiosa (Religious Music Week), an internationally renowned cultural event of great interest to tourists, which goes from Black Friday to Easter Sunday and which is celebrated in various traditional locations throughout the city.
Built in 1182, this cathedral has three naves and chapels that cover the side aisles and an area with an iron-work gate designed by artist Ventura Rodríguez; this area contains the Sepulcher of Saint Julian and the High Altar.
We also recommend taking a walk along Carretería Street, the urban and administrative center of the city. If you do, be sure to visit the upper part, which is currently home to the University of Castilla-La Mancha, The Menéndez Pelayo University, The Historic Archives, The Tourist Inn (el Parador de Turismo), City Hall (el Ayuntamiento), and the Science Museum.
Some of the most popular places to visit in Cuenca include The Enchanted City (La Ciudad Encantada), where you can admire the huge, diverse limestone rock formations and impressive shapes, and San Pedro Street, the stately street which was formerly Cuenca"s main thoroughfare. On this street you will find mansions that are generally accessible via a large wooden gate with a coat of arms and feature large balconies and windows with beautiful grilles. Besides these houses you can also find churches and convents.
You can take a coach rented with chauffer to the city"s downtown area to take a relaxing walk while you admire the walled city, the hanging houses, the narrow streets, fountains, and corners. Huécar Park is a nice place to end your walk by having a rest under the trees while breathing in the open air.
If you want to rent a bus for an excursion or trip that originates or terminates in Cuenca, we suggest including these stops in your itinerary:
Everyone who visits Cuenca should stop by here. These houses come from the fifteenth century and with their balconies, they make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. These houses are a symbol of the city, commonly seen on postcards of Cuenca.
This is a rock formation with an opening on a winding road, and it offers spectacular vistas. It’s right on a cliff with a river going down it. You won’t soon forget the beauty that you behold here.
So called because the principal access way leads to the street of the same name, right in front of la Casa del Corregidor and Clemente Aróstegui’s Palace. It constitutes a labyrinthine framework of passageways, rooms, and cellars of varying length that have been excavated over the centuries. These tunnels have served a variety of purposes, such as wine cellars, food storage areas, communication links between buildings, escape routes, and during the Spanish Civil War they were used as improvised bomb shelters.
This is an ideal place to go and live the experience of eating at a historic site. One of the most popular restaurants in Cuenca, it offers regional entrees such as ‘eggplant stuffed with crayfish’ and ‘venison with aromatic herbs.’ It has won several awards, among which ought to be mentioned the first place award from the Castilla-La Mancha Committee of the Restoration Contest X for 2002, which designated it as the best restaurant in the Autonomous Region of Castilla-La Mancha.
These are the ruins of a thirteenth-century castle, located on Trabucose Street. In addition to part of the walls, its towers have also been preserved. Bezudo Arch, one of the ancient gateways to the walled city, also forms part of these ruins. This part of Cuenca has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.None