trujillo, spain

Trujillo, a small Spanish town of less than 10,000 inhabitants, has a lot going for it - a well-preserved castle, one of Spain's most beautiful Plaza Mayors, plus churches, palaces, and homes that retain their 16th century glory.  Much of that is thanks to Trujillo's most famous son, Francisco Pizarro, legendary for his capture of the Inca and founding of Lima, Peru.  His brothers were also successful conquistadors during a time when Spain was a global superpower and the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world.  Pizarro and company brought fame and wealth to the area, and a statue of him still stands in Trujillo's Plaza Mayor.

We (unknowingly) visited Trujillo the day after the Feria Nacional del Queso, or the National Cheese Fair, and the smell of alcohol and cheese was unmistakable as we walked through the trash-laden, in-the-middle-being-brought-back-to-order Plaza Mayor.  The crowds from the weekend had dissipated as we walked Trujillo's cobblestone streets and took in the view from the Moorish castle, but the bummer was that we couldn't fully appreciate the main plaza due to the teardown efforts that were ongoing during our hour and a half long visit (a few photos of the remnants of the fair and how the Plaza Mayor looked as we left town at the end of the post).

As Trujillo isn't far from Madrid (about 2.5 hours by car), and is close to many of the other places we visited in Extremadura, like Cáceres and Monfragüe National Park, it's certainly worth a visit, at least a quick one.  The tourists are few and far between, the history is rich, and the town itself is lovely and easy to see in a short amount of time...but honestly probably wouldn't be a bad place to spend a day or two for a more relaxing pace.

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See the rest of our long weekend trip - our first stop at the palace of La Granja, our day in Salamanca, and then our drive through the Jerte Valley and afternoon and evening in Plasencia.  On our the third full day, we visited Monfragüe National Park and Cáceres before finishing up in Mérida.