The charm of La Mancha's gastronomy
Simplicity and originality characterise the gastronomy of Cuenca, of which the Parador de Cuenca is an exponent. Succumb to the charm of an updated Manchegan cuisine with colourful presentations that preserves humble but delicious traditional dishes of shepherds, muleteers and hunters, such as zarajos de cordero (lamb intestines), migas (fried breadcrumbs), ajo arriero, morteruelo (pork liver stew) and mellow alajú (traditional dessert).
A monastic dining hall dedicated to fine dining
A beautiful wooden coffered ceiling decorates the spectacular dining room of the Parador de Cuenca, located in the former monks' refectory. As well as traditional dishes, home-made Manchego cheeses and game meats, its specialities include suckling lamb and game dishes; desserts include home-made cheese ice cream and tocinillo de cielo (caramel and egg mouse) with gin and tonic jelly.
Type of kitchen
Roast peppers, Cuenca ajo mortero (purée of cod, potatoes, olive oil and garlic), lamb from La Mancha, home-made cheese ice cream and honey jelly from La Alcarria.
The best views of the city
The convent of San Pablo has a beautiful glazed cloister with semi-circular arches and a central courtyard where you can enjoy a drink on summer evenings. Other spectacular places in the Parador are the cafeteria, located in what was once the convent's chapel, and the swimming pool which provides a spectacular view of the city.
Cuenca, a city declared a World Heritage Site, is noteworthy for its architecture, its culture and its landscapes. The Old Town has retained its medieval appearance. The best way to get to know it is to walk through its steep, narrow streets and take the opportunity to visit its walls, cathedral, convents, noble houses and the Plaza Mayor.
Cuenca's important artistic heritage blends with the spectacular natural landscapes that surround it. The Parador is located in the bend of the river Huécar and is the perfect place for a trail along the riverbank leading to the most characteristic corners of the city.