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Published since 27 October 2007

  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca
  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca
  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca
  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca
  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca
  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca
  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca
  • Ciudad Encantada
    Cuenca


  Ciudad Encantada is pet friendly (ask the owner).  

Our resort consists of the following apartments:

• An 115 m2 apartment for 8 (sleeping up to 10 on 150 cm chair bed.)
• Three 90 m2 apartments for 6 (sleeping up to 8 on 150 cm chair bed.)
• And lastly, a 65 m2 apartment for 4 (sleeping up to 6 on sofa bed in the dining room)

The accommodation for 8 (Tormo alto) is a duplex with four bedrooms. Two of them have 150 cm and 135 cm beds, and one has its own terrace. The other two bedrooms have two 90 cm beds that can be joined together to make a large bed. Other features: two bathrooms, kitchen, 32 m2 dining room with sofa bed for two (150 cm.) and a terrace with stunning views of the valley.

The apartments for six (El Jarote, Fuentealbilla and El Sotillo) have three bedrooms each, one with king-size bed and two single beds that can be joined together. Other features: two bathrooms, large kitchen and dining room with sofa bed (double bed) for two.

The last apartment (Tío Daniel) has two bedrooms, with a king-size bed and the other with two single beds. Other features: kitchen, bathroom and dining room with sofa bed for two.

Common features to all apartments:

• The dining room is 23 m2 in the apartments of four and six, and 32 m2 in the apartment of eight. Two large sofas (three sofas in the apartment sleeping ten). All of them consist of double chair-bed, removable and usable as small benches. Wide dining table, fireplace (charged separately, briquettes €6), TV, cupboard, etc.

• The kitchen has a fridge, extractor hood, microwave, toaster and cooking utensils, glasses, plates, cutlery etc. They also feature mop and brush and dustpan, cleaning products, etc.

• Two bathrooms for convenience (in the apartments for eighteen, only one in the apartments for six). Toilet paper and hand soap.

• Bedrooms have beside tables with drawers, wardrobe with hangers and drawers. Each room has a set of towels per person consisting of hand towel, bath towel and mat. Duvets also available if necessary.

• Barbecue have two common barbecues on the terrace for the five apartments (available throughout the year including summer months). The wood for the barbecue party is charged separately - €6 (bag of charcoal). Please check for use.

Nestled in the beautiful landscape of Valdecabras Valley just 15 minutes from Cuenca Old Quarert, a World Heritage Site, and 12 minutes from the Enchanted City. 50 minutes from the Cuervo River and 25 from Las Majadas.

Description Summary:
Pet friendly Heating BBQ
Terrace Fireplace TV
Built-up area Near a river  

Environment & Activities Ciudad Encantada

Location:

• The Hosquillo. In the heart of the Serrania de Cuenca Alta you can find "The Hosquillo" - beautiful valley where numerous species of our fauna find shelter . This space was created on October 22, 1964 as Experimental Hunting Park, and its main function is to act as a farm to repopulate hunting species such as deer, fallow deer, wild goat, roe deer, mouflon and wild boar. From July 1, 1966 it begins to depend on the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha.
The name "The Hosquillo" comes from to its sullen and inaccessible topography covered by dense vegetation. Its area is 910 hectares owned by the Cuenca City Council. It has different ecosystems: from the high cliffs that enclose the valley and important protected bird species such as eagles, peregrine falcons, vultures, owls, etc. to the abundant pine forest of the Serrania, or Escabas and Truchas Rivers - habitat for brown trouts and otters. The vegetation is also an important feature in "The Hosquillo", home to species such as Scots pine, Corsican pine, oaks, boxwood, gorse, yew, holly, willow, poplar, hazel, aspen, etc. Access to the park is by guided tours, allowing entry to a maximum of 50 from schools and associations during weekdays, and individuals during weekends.

How to visit The Hosquillo? Access to this park by guided tours.
Associations and schools:
Weekdays.
Maximum - 50 people per shift.
Shifts: Summer (April to October) 2 shifts, at 11:00 and 16:30. In winter 1 Time: 11:00
Must be included in the application: Name of the person responsible, Address, Phone, ID, name of the Association or Centre, No. people and schedule preference.

Individuals
Weekends: Shifts: Summer (April to October) 2 shifts, at 11:00 and 16:30. In winter 1 Time: 11:00.
One request per car, indicating the number of people. Must be included in the application: Name of the person responsible, Address, Phone, ID and preference schedule.
FAX to send the request: 969 17 89 09
By mail: Provincial Delegation of Agriculture and Environment. C / Colón, # 2 16071 - Cuenca Tel: 969 178 300.

• Source of the River Cuervo. Next to Vega del Codorno and 85 km deep into the mountains, we find some of the most attractive places in Cuenca - the source of the Cuervo River and its waters rushing down a cliff from high ledges leading to capricious formations of spectacular beauty. To get to the source of the river, travellers from Cuenca should take the road that follows the Hoz del Júcar and delves into the Highlands. As you access the mountainous landscapes, you will discover interesting and surprising places such as Villalba de la Sierra, Uña, Tragacete and Huélamo. Any of them worth a stopover. Some of medieval origin, they preserve historic buildings and always embedded in strategic places featuring beautiful scenery. Past Tragacete, the Cuervo River is just 12 km.
Once there, travellers will be surprised by the nice infrastructure facilities, restaurants, camp sites, esplanades, etc. located along the river itself.
To get to the birth, you need to walk through the marked tracks passing through gullies and beautiful waterfalls.
A little further up, the path leads up to the birth itself in silent grotto where the water comes gushing through a crack in the rock. There you will find, at last, the source of the Cuervo River.

• Lagunas de Cañada del Hoyo. Travellers will find the Lagunas de Cañada del Hoyo just 40 km from Cuenca and 10 km from Las Torcas along a forest track. Caused by the same phenomenon as the torques, the gaps are formed to abut with an aquifer subsidence on a layer of impermeable land, so that the torque of the bed is covered with water. Las Lagunas were declared Natural Monument by the Regional Government of Castilla la Mancha in 2007. The lagoons are 7, each with its own name - (Laguna Gitana o de la Cruz, Laguna del Tejo, Lagunillo de Tejo, Laguna de la Parra, Laguna de la Cardenilla, Laguna de las Tortugas and Laguna Llana. Three of them belong to the top group and are free access. You can leave the car next to them for the walking tour. The other four lakes are within an estate called 7 Leguas, where you can make a botanical walk besides visiting the lakes (http://www.lagunasdecanada.cjb.net).

The lakes are unique in that its water apparently is a different color, which is related to plant mineral composition of their funds.

Access: from Cuenca, take the road N-420 towards Teruel. Pass through the town of Fuentes and 13 km from there is a road that leads to Cañada del Hoyo. Cross this town and 3 km away turn off the road taking to "Lagunas".

The Laguna del Tejo is the largest of them all, and also the deepest: 30 m approximately. It is spectacularly beautiful and as it shades from white to transparent milky glass, forecasting the arrival of the intense summer heat. This is due to the intense activity of aquatic microorganisms, and carbonate precipitation events.

But the aquifer is a watertight compartment, so any spillage or degrading alteration can remain for several decades, perhaps more, making deterioration virtually irreversible. It is therefore very important to protect these unique lakes, as geological phenomena of this type are world heritage. It hosts a fountain and numerous plant species, especially in the shady slope, among which are the yews after which the lagoon is named. A narrow stone wall separates it from the Lagunillo del Tejo, whose circumference is almost tangent.

Another lagoon is the Laguna de la Gitana also called Laguna de la Cruz. This is one of the two meromictic lakes in Spain: this rare chemical characteristic, which makes it the ideal habitat for a rare microfauna belonging to endemic species, has become the subject of many studies and publications. The most striking result of this phenomenon is the color change that occurs in the lagoon water for one week a year, from blue-green to blue-white.

The sewage Lagunillos, Tejo and Tortugas, constitute an ecosystem unlike any other lagoon. The shallow depth, between 5 and 8 m, allows sunlight to reach the bottom, activating the proliferation of plant and animal populations to the point of exceeding the capacity of regeneration of the organic matter within the system. The hue of the water is due to the effect of light dispersion of the organic particles in suspension as well as plankton and chlorophyll concentration.

• Las Torcas. The processes that led to its formation are very interesting as they began following the last regression of the Theis Sea, ancient Mediterranean, whose western edge was located in this area in the Serrania de Cuenca. In Turonense period, approximately 80 million years ago, the sea began to recede definitively after several successive developments that took place earlier in the Mesozoic era. From that moment, and thanks to a favorable climate and the action of carbonated water in the limestone, very soluble, drainage areas favored the dissolution of these into favorable direction fractures, called joints that allowed land subsidence.

Las Torcas are located on the Monte de Palancares, cataloged public utility, near the city of Cuenca. They are actually a curious set of ground subsidence, extending from Torca del Medio Celemín to Torca del Tío Señas.


• Enchanted city. Júcar River, a few steps away between Uña and Villalba de la Sierra, is a gigantic and impressive canyon. It is here, at almost 1,500 m above sea level, where nature has allowed one of those quirks that always filled travellers with awe - The Enchanted City, declared a Natural Site of National Interest. These geological events, world famous, are literally rock formations sculpted by the action of water, wind and ice, that by eroding rocks for centuries, has managed to model human figures, objects, animals, with an accuracy difficult to understand, even get a crazy city, a city that seems asleep under a mysterious spell. Its different hardness and composition of rocks have made possible the sculpture formation of the Enchanted City. Indeed, these on top of a grayish color, are dolomite and at the bottom, a reddish, marly limestones, less magnesium and less resistance to erosion. Walking through the Enchanted City creates the illusion of doing so by a cyclopean and labyrinthine city, with its streets and squares, tall buildings, bridges, Roman, Gothic gates, monoliths, copses and even large ships upright on their keels. The vegetation is splendid, formed by oaks, junipers, boxwood, blackberries, etc.

Flocks of sheep graze around breaking the silence with the sound of their bells, and a perfume of rosemary, thyme and marjoram always floats in the air.

Activities:

Only 15 minutes you can find the largest adventure activities centre in Castilla La Mancha natural environment - Cuencaventura. I worked as a monitor for several years so I can recommend you activities to do.

In Cuencaventura you can do five activities to enjoy adventure in the incomparable setting of the Cañada Real de Rodrigo Ardaz, one of the best preserved throughout the country, through lush pine forests and groves in our horse riding or on quad bikes.

You can also see all the natural beauty of the area as the crow flies from one of our microlight aircrafts or dive into the emerald waters of Júcar River in the area known as "Los Cortados" - one of the emblematic sites in the Cuenca Mountains Natural Park.

Finally, Júcar rapids Level II (mild rapids interspersed with shallow streams and small wave trains). A fun canoe shallow descent of about 5 km, enjoying the scenery, the lush vegetation and fauna of the Júcar River (wild ducks, herons, etc.).

It is a company authorized by the Dirección General del Medio Naturalwith the registration no TN-CLM013., and by the Tourism Board under no 16697700002. Quad routes are authorized with the required environmental impact report of the Department of the Environment. The canoe navigation is authorized by the Júcar Confederation with file no 2008NV0085, and horse riding with no ES16240000019.

Activities Summary:
Multisports Quads Horse trails
Hiking Basketball Fishing
Mountaineering Football  

Owner's Comments Ciudad Encantada

Firewood is not charged, but coal and firewood for the barbecue are extra (€6/bag).

Pets. Price: €10.9 per day and pet. VAT included.

Each extra sofa bed is charged at €10.9/person a day.



(*) Distances in straight line