Ciudad Encantada

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Ciudad Encantada
Rock walls in Ciudad Encantada.jpg
Rock walls in Ciudad Encantada
Map showing the location of Ciudad Encantada
Map showing the location of Ciudad Encantada
Location of Ciudad Encantada
Location Cuenca, Spain
Coordinates 40°12′29″N 2°0′35″W / 40.20806°N 2.00972°W / 40.20806; -2.00972Coordinates: 40°12′29″N 2°0′35″W / 40.20806°N 2.00972°W / 40.20806; -2.00972
Area 250 acres (100 ha)
Established 1929

The Ciudad Encantada ('Enchanted City') is a geological site near the city of Cuenca, in Castile La Mancha, Spain in which the erosive forces of weather and the waters of the nearby Júcar river have formed rocks into distinctive and memorable shapes.

It was declared a Natural Site of National Interest on 11 June 1929.

Origin of the formations[edit]

The rock formations of Ciudad Encantada are karst formations, which date back to the Cretaceous period, approximately 90 million years ago.

Shapes of rocks[edit]

The rock formations that have been named include:

  • Mushroom rocks Seta ('Mushroom')
  • Puente ('Bridge')
  • Cara ('Face')
  • Convento ('Convent')
  • El mar de piedra (The stone sea)
  • Teatro ('Theatre')
  • Hipopótamos ('Hippopotami')
  • Amantes ('Lovers')
  • La foca (The seal)
  • La tortuga (the turtle)
  • Los osos (the bears)

Popular culture[edit]

Ciudad Encantada appears as a location in the following films:

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