The Hanging Houses of Cuenca

Cuenca is famous, worldwide, for its Hanging Houses. Casas Colgadas, in Spanish. To tell you the truth, the first time we came to Cuenca it was snowing and I don’t even remember seeing them, although I’m sure we did. This time, I embarked on a lonely walk to go see them instead of having lunch, and I was slightly disappointed.

Yes, they’re lovely, but….nothing of what, as we say in Italian. My mind was not blown, there was no “oooh” of appreciation, the photos are not spectacular.

Anyway, here they are.

Oh, a word of warning for tourists that want to go visit them: there is a racket of men that pretend they only want to show you around out of the pure goodness of their hearts, but in the end they want money. And won’t let you go until you’ve given it to them.

casas colgadas hanging houses cuenca travel

Here they are! From right under. Difficult to take a photo from here.

casas colgadas hanging houses cuenca travel

Slightly better. Ok I’m going to walk away and try to get all the houses in together. And maybe the guy will leave me alone.

casas colgadas hanging houses cuenca travel

aha! Much better! Here are the houses, in all their glory. And it was so hot, I was basically alone. Although since I was alone, the man that insisted on showing me around was stuck to me like glue…even though I pretended I didn’t speak a word of Spanish

casas colgadas hanging houses cuenca travel

The cool bridge that takes you to the other side of the steep valley and that is perfect for a photo shoot. No, the man isn’t gone – he’s right behind me trying to show me the castle.

casas colgadas hanging houses cuenca travel

Tada! See what I mean when I say they could be more awe-inspiring? Anyway, on the bright side the man is gone. Yes, I gave him a euro. What else could I do? He had small hungry children at home……….

For more photos of Cuenca, click here!


About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.


  1. humanity777

    Beautiful – thanks for sharing.


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