The charm and vitality of a tourist city is often marred by a persistent problem: the difficulty of finding parking in the city centre.

This is due to several factors:

  • The shortage of spaces: when demand far outstrips the existing parking supply.
  • Congestion and traffic: drivers repeatedly circulate the streets in search of a free space.
  • High costs: high parking prices in the city centre can be prohibitive for many visitors.

Today on #YoorneyExplore we present you with a number of free and paid parking alternatives in the city of Cuenca:

Free Parking:

  1. Parking Outside the Centre: Residential areas on the outskirts of the historic centre often offer free on-street parking. If you are willing to walk a little further, this option can be convenient and economical.
  2. Peripheral Areas and Shopping Centres: Some shopping centres and peripheral areas of the city offer free parking to attract customers. These places may be a bit far from the historic centre, but they are a convenient option if you don't mind walking or taking public transport to the city centre. A good option is the car park at the Los Tiradores football pitch, just a few metres from the Castilla La Mancha Palaeontological Museum (C. del Río Gritos, 5, 16004 Cuenca).
  3. Parking at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM): The University of Castilla-La Mancha, located in Cuenca, often offers free parking for visitors at certain times or during certain periods of the year. Check with the university for more information on availability and restrictions.
  4. Barrio del Castillo car park: located at the top of the city, it only takes a few minutes to walk to the historic centre. Moreover, from it, you will be able to take some great panoramic pictures of Cuenca, due to its proximity to the Mirador del Rey and the Mirador de la Hoz.

Paid parking:

  • Underground car parks in the city centre: Cuenca has several paid underground car parks in the city centre. They offer travellers the convenience of being close to the historic centre of Cuenca and not having to worry about timetables.

- Parking Plaza de España (Calle Fray Luis de León, 5, 16001 Cuenca).

- Parking Astrana Marín (Calle Luis Astrana Marín, s/n, 16002 Cuenca).

- Parking Calle San Pedro (Calle San Pedro, 33, 16001 Cuenca).

- Mangana Car Park (Calle Alfonso VIII, 103, 16001 Cuenca).

- Auditorium Car Park (Paseo del Huécar, s/n, 16001 Cuenca).

  • Regulated Parking Zones (Zona Azul and Zona Naranja): In the centre of Cuenca, there are regulated parking zones where you pay for parking time. These areas are usually located near tourist attractions and offer a convenient option for those who wish to park for short periods of time. Blue Zone parking spaces can be occupied by visitors and residents to park for up to 2 hours. The orange spaces allow for longer parking: up to a full day. In both cases, you must obtain the corresponding ticket at the parking meters provided for this purpose. The Cuenca City Council's regulated parking service runs from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 14:00 hours and between 17:00 and 20:00 hours, as well as on Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 hours. At all other times, as well as on Sundays and public holidays, parking is free of charge.
  • Parking in Hotels and Accommodation: Many hotels and accommodations in Cuenca offer parking services for their guests for a fee. If you are staying at a hotel, inquire about parking availability and prices.

When considering these options, it is important to check local regulations and parking signs to avoid fines. With a little planning and exploration, residents and visitors alike can find adequate parking solutions to enjoy all that Cuenca has to offer.