Cuenca: the sustainable tourism spot you can't miss
Located between Madrid and Valencia, almost in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, the province of Cuenca stands as a great destination for ecotourism and inland tourism .
Despite the belief that nature in Castilla-La Mancha is monotonous and poor, the truth is that Cuenca has a surprising diversity of landscapes. From the mountains to the plains of La Mancha, there are more than 20 protected natural areas that offer visitors different options to get to know the same land.
To enjoy the inner tourism in Cuenca , it is best to establish the base camp in its capital, a World Heritage city that is practically in the center of the province. The city has taken advantage of the space on the sickles of the two rivers that cross it, the Júcar and the Huécar, to project its layout. One of the most representative images of Cuenca is that of its "hanging houses" on the Huécar river.
Around the city, the different natural regions are distributed. To the northwest, the Alcarria Conquense, an area of wide valleys and little marked reliefs. Among the most outstanding places in this area are the Sierra de Altomira and the Estrecho de Priego, both listed as Special Bird Protection Area. The most adventurous will find there the Via Ferrata de Priego, which offers excitement and sensations of vertigo.
To the southwest is the region of La Mancha, characterized by an extensive plain. In spite of treating, in general, of a flat and quite dry land, in her they are important humedales, like the lagoons of the Hito or of Manjavaca. In La Mancha Húmeda, bird lovers will be able to photograph a large number of aquatic species.
However, perhaps the Serrania de Cuenca is the region with the greatest variety of landscapes and attractions. The Serrania extends throughout the northeast of the province and alternates high mountain landscapes, imposing gorges, torques and impressive geological formations. In addition, its flora and fauna are very diverse, and one of the star activities in this area is, for example, the hearing of the bellowing.
Among the essential places of the Serranía are the Ciudad Encantada, the birth of the Cuervo River, the Hunting Park of the Hosquillo or the Torcas de Palancares. All of them are full of charm, which invite to hiking and contemplation of nature. Well, if something is transmitted to us by Cuenca, it is the desire to discover.