Trujillo Spain is a city full of history, noble houses and remarkable stone buildings. It is located in the region of Extremadura, Spain. Cervantes passed by there and many say Trujillo, this stunning city, was a great inspiration to him.
A fortress from a distance
On the way to Trujillo we pass by fantastic landscapes, all green with autochthonous trees, and suddenly, there, in a hill, there is Trujillo emerging from the landscape. The image of the castle, by far, and of the historical monuments was unforgettable.
As soon as we saw Trujillo Spain the light was just right in the morning. The winter sun was covering Trujillo in golden colours. We knew we had to search for a spot to portrait that beauty and that moment in our photographs, before exploring the city.
Ruins on a hill – Trujillo Spain
In the quest to find a good spot to shoot Trujillo Spain from a distance we found on a hill beautiful ruins of an old church and the old house of the priest. Those were beautiful buildings, in a quiet area out of town, surrounded by big rocks and green fields, sprinkled with different colour flowers and with an amazing view to Trujillo. It would be fantastic to see those places recovered and who knows a place to stop by for the ones that now do hikes and runs in those trails.
It was also very sad to see that people have been vandalizing those buildings, covering them with garbage, graffiti or even stealing stones and other materials…
After arriving at Trujillo Spain we walked straight to this major square. Greeting us, right there, is the really impressive statue of Francisco Pizarro on his horse, the conquer and explorer of Perú born in Trujillo Spain.
All the buildings surrounding the square are just gorgeous, full of history, sharing their facades and arcades with the square. During many centuries, Plaza Mayor was the chosen place by noble families to build their homes.
Plaza Mayor is probably one of the favourite places to stop for a bit and regain energy. As we did, first for lunch and later for a chess game with a view to that amazing scenario.
Old and beautiful – Trujillo Spain
The old part of Trujillo is really something: old stone buildings, old churches, towers, archways, old doors, coats of arms, all so picturesque. In Trujillo, we are walking through a city of dreams!
The storks on the top of most of the monuments give Trujillo Spain a special touch to an already so beautiful city.
The Arab castle is probably the most remarkable building in the whole Trujillo Spain landscape, and, without a doubt, a must go to. The castle is from the IX-XII centuries and inside you can visit a church and an old water cistern. However, the best in the whole castle is to climb the old walls, walk all around the walls and just enjoy the views over Trujillo and the landscapes surrounding the city – now in winter all is green and to sigh for.
That is why Trujillo’s castle was also chosen to film some scenes of Game of Thrones, from the top of those beautiful walls.
And, as you can see by the title of the post, we had another “exciting” experience in the castle: we were locked inside! We heard the 2 p.m. bells calling for lunch and siesta time, the time the castle would close also for lunchtime, so we just took one or two shots more and started coming down from the huge wall in a hurry. Apparently, no one called us or went to check if someone was still inside the castle. And when we reached the gate, it was closed.
Then we could test the good operation of the emergency number and the kindness of Spanish people passing by, who found the situation unusual, called the police for help and offered to get us bocadillos if no one would come before the opening the gates at the afternoon time, two hours and a half later.
In the end, the castle’s employee, half an hour later, showed up to open the gate and we were free again. We can say we had an unforgettable experience in Trujillo 😀
Food – Trujillo Spain
We love food and to eat and even if Spain has been a challenge to aim at the right size portions of food, Trujillo Spain could not get us more satisfied. We got the impression that Trujillo is a very generous city. We wander in the streets and we are called to taste cheeses, a little ahead we are called to taste morcilla (pork blood sausage), you go further and a store in the street in offering chorizo made of potatoes (very tasty!). And this was a great welcome to us.
At lunch we also had a good surprise, heading to the major square, Plaza Mayor, we seated at “El Medievo” terrace and ordered a Menu each. Some restaurants in Spain give you give an option of Menu which includes a first plate, second plate, a drink and a dessert or coffee. At this restaurant, the portions were a normal size plate and we were able to have two glasses of wine each and bread which was great and reminded us of a proper Sunday lunch (in a lot of restaurants they will do only half a dose of a normal size plate, like a tapa size, which is not very fulfilling most of the times). I was fulfilled for a couple of hours, and that is a rare thing to happen (anyone that knows me, really know I love to eat).
It was wonderful to eat at “El Medievo” (hat off for the chef and staff!), and absorb all the nice atmosphere coming from the plaza. If you are staying outside, we also advise you to have a look inside the old building of the restaurant, beautifully modernized in little details, with arcades, and old and heavy wooden doors.
Trujillo is also famous for its annual market of cheeses, produced in the region.
And on that side, any tips on the best plates and places to eat around Spain?