Tower of Serranos; one of the old city gates
Palace of the Marquéz de Dos Aguas
The old Turia river, now Turia gardens
After the meeting I spent a an hour or 2 walking around the very futuristic and fascinating City of Arts and Sciences with one of my new friends from the meeting before taking the train to Cuenca. The buildings are all designed by the local architect Santiago Calatrava.
Science museum, resembling the skeleton of a whale
Hemisphèric, representing a human eye, contains an IMAX cinema.
Hemisphèric and Reina Sofía Palace of Arts
Reina Sofía Palace of Arts
View from the Turia gardens
The old walled city of Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also located halfway between Valencia and Madrid along the railway line and therefore a convenient place to visit since it was easier for me to fly to Madrid than directly to Valencia. The old town is built on a steep spur between the rivers Huéca and Júcar; it has a long history, starting with a Muslim fortress in the 8th century. I spent a day and a half exploring the town and hiking around the area in beautiful sunny weather before continuing to Madrid for my flight back home.
Looking down on the old town on the spur in the front and the new town of Cuenca behind it in the plains.
The famous Casas Colgadas, hanging houses
Bridge of Saint Paul over the river Huéca, to connect the convent of Saint Paul with the old town of Cuenca
Cuenca cathedral by night
Bridge of Saint Paul to the old town of Cuenca by night
The Júcar river gorge forms the northern boundary of Cuenca
The cliffs are popular with climbers
I came across long lines of processionary caterpillars on my hike in the hills around Cuenca