About two hours west of Madrid, Cuenca is one of Spain’s most memorable cities. A World Heritage Site, it’s famous for its hanging houses (or casas colgadas), with their wooden balconies which hang out over the sheer cliffs of the gorge, but it’s the location that makes it so remarkable, with its old centre perched on a steep promontory at the meeting of two deep river gorges. Wandering through its tiny narrow streets amidst the medieval buildings is like stepping back in time, especially on a dark Winter evening when the only life is nestled in the cosy bars around the old Plaza Mayor.

View out from the city over the gorge


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Cuenca's medieval heart

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I'm a poet based in Bristol via Derry, St Andrews and Madrid. When I'm not writing or performing my own poetry, I'm reading or trotting about with my camera. There is sometimes drink taken.

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Nicola Heaney

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