cáceres, spain

Cáceres is kind of a big deal  - at least in history and on paper.  Its walled city (Ciudad Monumental), which dates from the 16th century, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986 and includes remarkably well-preserved homes, churches, and palaces.  The various buildings found inside of the historic quarter seemed (at least to us) to all be very similar in style, but in fact Roman, Islamic, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture can all be found in the area.  

So, with all that being said, surely Cáceres is a big tourist hot spot in Spain, right?  Well...not as far as I can tell.  While we were in the town's large and lively Plaza Mayor, people were certainly out and about, but on the whole, they seemed to be locals, or if not, Spanish tourists.  And as we walked through the walled city, making a loop beginning in the Plaza Mayor and stopping at the Arch of the Star, the Palacio de Caravajal, the Church Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Parroquia de San Mateo, the Museo de Cáceres, and the Palacio de los Golfines de Arriba before ending back up at the Plaza Mayor, we hardly saw any others.  We had the quiet, beautiful, stone city to ourselves, and it was really a treat.  Definitely don't miss wandering around Cáceres if you get a chance - it's a secret Spanish gem!


See the rest of our long weekend trip - our first stop at the palace of La Granja, our day in Salamanca, our drive through the Jerte Valley, afternoon and evening in Plasencia, plus our visit to Monfragüe National Park.