We visited the city of Cuenca a couple of weeks ago and even though the city is beautiful, we wanted to explore Cuenca’s nature. We drove about 28km and were discovering the enchanted city with kids. It’s called “city”, but it couldn’t be a bigger misguidance. The Enchanted City or “Ciudad Encantada” is a Natural Site of National Interest. It’s situated in a canyon that is almost 1,500 metres above sea level and characterised by its curious rocky formations.
The Enchanted City dates back to 90 million years ago, when it was part of the seabed of Thetis. It was quiet waters, which led to the deposition of salts, especially calcium carbonate. The sea retreated and a seabed of limestone surfaced. The action of water, wind and ice created this amazing geological phenomenon.
The visitors can walk around Ciudad Encantada and learn about the karst geological process. There’s a well-marked loop route of about 3 km. This route isn’t difficult, but it isn’t recommended for strollers.
I saw a couple with a stroller and they had to pick the stroller a few times in order to climb some “stairs” or some stones. In general, it’s a flat path.
There’re information panels with the name of the figures each formation is resembling. Some formations are easy to recognise, for other you will need a bit of imagination. You have, for example, the Seal, Boats, the Dog, the Sea of Stone, Roman Bridge, the Slide, the Mushrooms, the Convent, the Lovers of Teruel, the Turtle.
The great thing about Ciudad Encantada is that children can walk around, climb, jump and also learn about the karst geological process. There’re banks to sit down and a lot of shadow from the trees. The perfect combination to have a picknick and to discover the Enchanted City at your own path.
In the weekends, you can also join a guide that will tell you more about Ciudad Encantada. The ticket with guide costs just one extra euro: 6€. Check the opening times in their website. In the summer, it’s open every day from 10:00 until 20:00.
If you drive from Cuenca city to Ciudad Encantada, make a stop at Ventano del Diablo. A great viewpoint of the river Júcar.
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