69th WDA / 14th EWDA - Joint Virtual Conference - Cuenca, Spain August 31 - September 2

Guided visit to the walled medieval city of Cuenca, a World Heritage city

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, the Historical Centre of Cuenca has much more to discover than just the Hanging Houses. Funded on a crag between the gorges of its two rivers, this network of labyrinthic medieval streets, stately homes, panoramic viewpoints and monumental buildings, makes the visitor marvel at its simple contemplation. The medieval city of Cuenca deserves a visit and the Organizing Committee of the 69th WDA – 14th EWDA Joint Conference offers you the chance to go back home with an incredible memory of this historic place in the World.

On the planned guided route, the visitors will discover the heritage of Cuenca and its history, culture, art, the character of its people, the anecdotes and gossip that surround this city, and which are combined in a guided tour, under the umbrella of humour and good atmosphere.

The tour will bring you to a bus drive along the gorge of the Huécar river Panoramic Route to Castle parking lot, in the highest part of the city. The visit will continue on foot on the highest part so that the whole route is downhill and around 2 km long. The tour will show you the ruins of the, originally Muslim but later on Christian, castle of Cuenca, several viewpoints to the gorges of Húecar and Júcar rivers, the old Inquisition Tribunal, the church of St. Peter, the Convent of the Barefoot Carmelites, the old St. Joseph's College, the Cathedral, the Major Square, the Town Hall, the Episcopal Palace, Ronda square, Huécar Skyscraper and the historic neighborhood of San Martín, the Hanging Houses, the St. Paul’s bridge and the St. Paul’s Convent.

The duration of the tour would be around 2-4 hours in the afternoon of the Spanish late summer, so please remember to bring comfortable walking shoes and sun protection!