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Cuenca Spain

Ben Roussel writes for Travel, March 20, 2014–As far as day trips from Madrid, it doesn’t get much easier than the medieval town of Cuenca. This past fall, while traveling in Spain’s capital, I spent a day in Cuenca, 105 miles east of Madrid and a simple, hourlong ride on the Madrid-to-Valencia AVE (Alta Velocidad Espanola) bullet train. Cuenca is a small city in La Mancha region that dates back to the eighth century, when Muslim invaders, recognizing its strategic location overlooking the gorges of the Jucar and Huecar rivers, began erecting the first Cuencan settlement.

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