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