And now it’s the turn of Extremadura … We’re going to Cáceres, a Extremadura city, not very big, very nice and with an old town incredibly rich and full of stories to tell.
A walk through the Monumental City can transport us thousands of years ago. That is to say, there are cave paintings of the Paleolíthic period or ceramic remains of Neolithic. You can also see there the remnants of the Romans and of course of the Arabs.
During my visit I have been in two cisterns. One Christian and the other Arabic wich is more popular. By the way, for those who do not know what a cistern is, I explain: Aljibe (cistern) is a place where rainwater was stored for the whole city. In general they are in high points of the city so that from there you can distribute water to the entire population. I also did not know what a cistern was until my visit to Caceres ….
Within the Historical Center there are places to see. For example, the Golfines de Abajo Palace, the Bujaco Tower, the Arc de la Estrella, the Concatedral (Cathedral) of Santa María, the church of San Francisco Javier and many other things. I’ll leave you a route so you can save time and see as much as possible.
Outside of the historic area there are also nice places as a walk through the Prince Park and its Botanical Garden.
Route to the Old Town
We start in the Plaza Mayor of Cáceres. We pass through the Arc de la Estrella and Bujaco Tower.
We enter the street that will lead us to the Plaza de Santa María. There are three important monuments there. The Concatedral of Santa Maria in whose corner is the image of San Pedro de Alcántara and the Palace and Tower of Carvajal.
We continue and we find the Episcopal Palace and then we find the Palace of the Golfines de Abajo that is next to the Plaza de San Jorge, who has the statue in front. Next comes the Baroque Church of San Francisco Javier and to its left is the Convent of the Jesuits.
If we continue uphill we will reach the Plaza de San Mateo where the church of the same name is located.
Following our path, we will see The Palace of the Storks that is named after the large number of stork nests there.
A few meters ahead, in the Plaza de las Veletas is the Museum of Cáceres. There you will find archaeological remains from the Paleolithic and Arab cistern which is the most important and best preserved of the two that are in the city.
With this tour, we have already known the most important places in the old area. But there is still the Arab museum and some plazas along the way. It depends on each one and the time available to visit them.
It is a very beautiful and full of culture. It is well worth it.
I also leave you a video of what I have been able to capture from this trip.