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2 spare nights : Cuenca or Toledo

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2 spare nights : Cuenca or Toledo

We have 2 spare nights at the end of our Spain trip and instead of spending them in Madrid, we're deciding on whether to go to Cuenca or Toledo. Would appreciate any advice on which is the more interesting city to visit (we hope to stay in the parador in either city). Thank you!

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1. Re: 2 spare nights : Cuenca or Toledo

I have used the Parador in Cuenca and accessed the old town by way of the very high walkway Puente de San Pablo (look that up on Google Images) and have also stayed in Toledo but not at the Parador which in my mind is out of town but does have a stunning view as does the other possible on that side of the river AC Hotel Ciudad de Toledo. The city has much to offer and I stayed 3 nights last time and think your 2 nighter is good.

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2. Re: 2 spare nights : Cuenca or Toledo

Let me tell you a few details on both cities, hopefully these will help you decide.

Both are very well communicated by train, in an hour or so you could reach either one from Madrid Atocha. Toledo has more of a culture and history life to offer, but it is overwhelmed by visitors every day. Cuenca on the other hand is far less crowded, but it does not have as much to see and enjoy. However, the gorges of Cuenca are just spectacular. Both cities are somewhat difficult to manage by walking, lots of uphill/downhill streets.

Toledo has better and more options for lodging and eating. As mentioned above, Cuenca has a Parador located in a unique site overlooking the gorges.

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3. Re: 2 spare nights : Cuenca or Toledo

Thanks so much for your insight. At the moment, we're more inclined to go to Cuenca (the Parador looks awesome). As we're going to be leaving from Madrid Airport, we're actually thinking of renting a car and driving to take in the countryside(vs taking the train). Is this an easy drive and would there be any route you recommend (vs just going direct by the highway)?

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5. Re: 2 spare nights : Cuenca or Toledo

South of Madrid in La Mancha country are those windmills made famous by Cervantes and I suppose you could travel first to Campo de Criptana maybe via Aranjuez on the way to see the impressive palace built for those Spanish kings https:/…Royal_Palace_of_Aranjuez

After Cripto you can pass Belmonte and its very impressive solid castle castillodebelmonte.com/en/turismo-cultural/ before the tedious drive to Cuenca.

You may be able to drive more directly and detour to La Ciudad Encantada refer

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Rev…

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6. Re: 2 spare nights : Cuenca or Toledo

Dear Cadiz_lover. Thank you so much for your suggestion. You have answered our answer perfectly and we will take you up on your suggestions and our route accordingly. Much appreciated!

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