It is full of “brushstrokes” from the Romanesque and Gothic style and all the buildings inside the old walls in the historical city centre are very old. There, the most recent buildings date from the XVIII century.
Cáceres is time travel
In Cáceres Spain we had that feeling when you close your eyes for a few seconds, you open your eyes again, and, with all you see around you, you are immediately taken for some time to a period in history far, far away! Nothing around us tell us that we are in more modern times. Until, of course, more tourists arrive at the same square we are, and then comes the thought “Such modern clothing!”. Then we look to ourselves as well and we wake up from this “travel”. At the same time, we stop listening a piece of epic music in our heads 😉
And, as if all that scenario was not enough, we bump into authentic storytellers, those really old style ones, with fantastic expressions, convincing gestures, different voice intonations that take us as well to other places. A pleasant surprise that multiplied smiles all over the city.
A city scenery for the seventh art
So, it is not by chance that Cáceres Spain was chosen along the years as the scenery for many films. Recently, Cáceres has been visited by the TV series “Game of Thrones” fans, since part of the 7th Season was filmed in Cáceres and in other filming locations close by such as Trujillo. There are already tour guides organizing the visit in Cáceres for the fans of this TV series.
City of palaces and old towers
Cáceres Spain is really unique and therefore is a World Heritage City. It is full of palaces and ancestral houses, mainly in the squares of Santa María, San Mateo and Las Veletas. These squares are gorgeous!
Many aristocratic families went to live in Cáceres from the end of the XIII century on and, as well, many other noble buildings were built during the XVI century. The fact that these buildings are so well preserved is really magnificent. We can simply stop there for a while and look at everything surrounding us. What an image!
Some of the palaces and museums, like the Military Museum, can be visited for free, nevertheless, at the entrance of the majority of places, including churches, you will be charged for a ticket.
We were not able to locate Los Pozos Tower, even having a map in our hand and looking for signs on the streets (there are none!). When we realized the time, everything was going to close for lunch. So this is something to find in the next visit to Cáceres Spain.
The oldest towers in Cáceres are from the XII century and there they are, waiting to be visited! Some of these towers are the Bujaco Tower, La Yerba Tower and Horno Tower. Climbing the Bujaco Tower we almost get dizzy realizing how all surrounding us is so old and such an important heritage! Oh and that view over Plaza Mayor (main square) and over the city…
San Francisco Xavier Church, the highest point in Cáceres
You can climb the two towers of this Church located in San Jorge Square. Amazing views from there are awaiting you!
Jewish and Arabic traces
Walk along the old wall of the city or through the small streets of the Jewish Neighbourhood, finding small corners full of history, small plants, old trees and beautiful colours.
A door to the old Cáceres
The Plaza Mayor is the grandest square in Cáceres. Walking that stairway and passing by the arch, it almost seems we are having a triumphal entrance to the historical site of the city, looking, at the same time, to all those amazing buildings. It is a stunning plaza!
Last tip – Cáceres Spain
If you are planning to visit Cáceres, you already have a list of monuments in hand, and ready to pick up the bags, we have just one question for you: are you familiar with the timetables in Spain? Have in mind this little detail because if you are travelling for a short period of time or just for a day, this can make the difference between what you are able and not able to visit. We already got used to the timetables of beautiful Mérida, which means that most things will close at siesta time from 2 to 4/4:30p.m. But your timetable to explore Cáceres can be more limited, so avoid the surprise! If in Mérida most museums and most monuments are opened nonstop during lunchtime, which is very good to promote tourism, in Cáceres it does not happen the same way…
Though Cáceres Spain is also a city part of the Extremadura region, the timetables are completely different. Monuments, palaces and other important sites are open from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. and from 6p.m. to 10p.m. (just one place here and there can open a little bit sooner in the afternoon). So if your trip is just one day, like ours was, and if you have to do the return trip still early, prepare yourselves to visit all main sites in the morning like a “Speedy Gonzalez” and enjoy the remaining time in peace and quiet (there is almost no one in the streets during the mid-day break, and the only locals you see are in a restaurant either working or enjoying themselves).
Therefore, this can be a little detail that can seem odd for most Europeans and other foreigners, however, remember we are the ones visiting, so we have to adapt ourselves to the local mores.
🇪🇸 Pero, Cáceres nos encanta!