The limestone has eroded differentially due to the top layer having magnesium in it.
It appears that in Spain too they have received extraordinary weather this spring. The rain has been the most they have received for 55 years, and the river which gushes through Cuenca was a boiling heaving torrent.
Below this strange geological landscape sits the UNESCO protected city of Cuenca with its Moorish old town.
Cuenca's picturesque old town sits astride a steeply sided spur which drops precipitously on either side to the deep gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers. Around the Moorish town's narrow streets grew the Gothic and Renaissance city, its monuments built with the profits of the wool and textile trade.
Spain's abstract art museum is inside one of the Hanging Houses. It contains works by the movement's leading artists including Picasso and Eduardo Chillida.
The Cathedral was built in 1182 - 1270. It is one of the finest Gothic Cathedrals in Spain. The facade was rebuilt but is still unfinished following problems caused by crumbling in 1902.
It was during the evening in Cuenca that we saw one of the pre-Easter processions (shown in a previous post) which departed from the cathedral and then processed through the town.
We purchased tortas Alajú de Almendras - a local honey cake filled with nuts which is eaten in slices along with pieces of Machengo cheese from the La Mancha area. The cheese is similar to a cheddar cheese but whiter and lighter. Any word beginning with 'al' in Spain, such as this honey cake, usually gives an indication of an Arabic origin.