12 MONTHS, 12 STAMPS. CUENCA
Cuenca is the next province in the 12 months, 12 stamps, 12 provinces series which Correos started last year. This stamp will be used this month as a single type of postage for all mailings from post offices in the featured province. It is represented by the letters CU, alluding to the vehicle number plates once used in Spain. Cuenca has so many treasures that it is impossible to sum them all up with a single stamp. Cuenca is history, art, culture, nature, and life. Cuenca is autumn and spring, with its clean air, the lung of La Mancha. Some of its most notable aspects feature on this stamp.
Hanging Houses Suspended over the edge of the Huécar river gorge, they are also known as the Casas del Rey [King’s Houses]. These unusual constructions have a special appeal, and have become part of the image of Cuenca.
Resoli. This coffee liqueur with a dash of citrus from the addition of orange and lime peel, dry anisette, sugar, cloves and water, usually comes in a bottle featuring one of the Hanging Houses.
Zarajos. Traditional appetizer prepared using marinated suckling lamb intestines rolled up in a vine leaf and cooked in a variety of ways.
Ajoarriero. A traditional local hash of potatoes, garlic, egg and oil, mashed with a mortar, enjoyed on its own or smeared on good bread.
Deer. Noble beast with a majestic presence that can still be spotted in the Hosquillo park and in the “Serranía de Cuenca” Game Reserve.
Pine cones. The abundance of pine trees in the Baja Serranía region means that their seeds are plentiful.
Climber. Cuenca is a province famous for climbing, thanks to its high crags and breathtaking cliff-faces.
Enchanted City. One of the most spectacular spots in the country, where you can learn all about the karst geological process and marvel at its bizarre rock formations. Declared a Natural Site of National Interest.
Easter. Easter in Cuenca is well known and popular, which is why it was declared to be of International Tourist Interest. This is a deep-seated tradition among the people of Cuenca, known for its beauty and fervour.
The lower red stripe alludes to the provincial flag.