TorralbaTorralba (Cuenca)GPS: 40.30229949951172, -2.2864599227905273
At the foot of the Sierra Bascuñada and only 35 km from Cuenca, we find this Alcarreña village of Torralba with less than 200 inhabitants. Its medieval past and urban design were created around the hillside and at the foot of the castle, which is one of the richest in the province. In addition, Torralba forms part of the third stretch of the Wool Route, as it passes through the southeast of the Cuenca province.
WHAT WE’LL SEE
Tourists will be surprised to see that its urban center, between the road and the hill, articulates around a center axis perfectly defined by the Main Square and a very tiny plaza. Two long streets cross the urban center from north to south, the more Eastern one takes us to the center of the town, the Main Square, presided over by a centenarian Elm and some buildings of traditional character. Another curious fact that the alert traveler can observe is the that there is a streetdel Arrabaland anotherdel Postigo, which leads us to believe that in ancient times this place was a walled city.
The most outstanding building of this town is the hermitage of Our Lady of the Snows, in the outskirts of the town. Constructed between the end of the 15th and the 16th centuries, its two entry doors are each covered by porches on columns. Inside, we will see three naves separated by octagonal pillars. The choir is preserved with its wood railing and beautiful examples of iron wrought bars to separate the main chapel from the rest. The main altarpiece is Baroque and among its sculptures that of the Virgin of Snows with the Child is an exquisite beauty for its gilt relief techniqueand polychrome.
Open access, be sure to respect the hours of religious worship.
To the North and East we can visit the wine caves that are common in la Alcarria. The entrance is made in the form of an arch and they are excavated in the rock. They contribute a great ambient value and a rich landscape to the town and its surroundings.