The Moors left their mark, Cáceres, Spain

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Amongst the city walls

If you admire Moorish architecture, you will love Cáceres.

Cáceres is steeped in so much history, with a blend of Roman, Moors, Northern Gothic & Italian Renaissance.

The birds fly high around San Francisco Javier church, Cáceres, Spain

Cáceres founded by the Romans in 25 BC, is nestled deep within the heart of the Extremadura region of Spain, and was the 4th destination on our Spanish road trip.

How many towers?

One of the most eye-catching features of this city is the amazing fortified wall and the 30 towers that were built by the Moors in 12th century, which encircles the Old Town.

The Bujaco Tower, Cáceres, Spain

The most prominent tower around the city is the Bujaco Tower, which overlooks the Plaza Mayor and across the rooftops of Old Town Cáceres.

Looking along the ramparts, Cáceres, Spain

For €2.50 you can climb the Bujaco tower, tour the museum and wander along a section of the ramparts. It’s worth it just for the view.

Plaza Mayor from the Bujaco Tower, Cáceres, Spain
Across the rooftops, Cáceres, Spain

Plaza Mayor

The charming Plaza Mayor has an historical past dating back to the 12th century.

It is actually one of the largest squares in Spain and in the 15th century an arcade was added surrounded with stone pillars.

The Plaza Mayor from the ramparts , Cáceres, Spain

It’s wonderful place for families and friends to meet. For us travellers it’s a place to sit and watch the world go by.

A panoramic shot of the Plaza Mayor, Cáceres, Spain

Charming streets

In 1986 the Old Town of Cáceres became inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Strolling the narrow streets and lanes, it is easy to understand why.
 
Although a bit hilly in parts, it’s such a pleasure wandering through arches and courtyards discovering different corners of the city.

The quiet lanes of Cáceres, Spain

Plaza San Juan

A short distance from the Plaza Mayor is the delightful square of Plaza San Juan. It is not only the home of the Gothic San Juan Bautista Church, but of an evening this plaza is bustling with locals enjoying their al fresco dining at the traditional mesóns.

Al fresco dining, Cáceres, Spain
San Juan Bautista Church, Cáceres, Spain

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Plaza de San Jorge

Peering down onto the lovely Plaza de San Jorge is the church of San Francisco Javier. This 18th century Baroque style church with its pink towers, offers some stunning views across the rooftops of the town.

San Francisco Javier Church, Cáceres, Spain

The price is one Euro, and this was one Euro well spent.
 

San Francisco Javier church nave, Cáceres, Spain
A bell in San Francisco Javier church, Cáceres, Spain
View from San Francisco Javier church, Cáceres, Spain

Cathedral Santa Maria

A few steps down from Plaza de San Jorge, is the Plaza de Santa Maria. Standing pride of place in this square is the Cathedral Santa Maria.

The current incarnation was built between the 15th & 16th centuries. This Gothic style Cathedral still contains Romanesque remains from the 13th century.

Cathedral Santa Maria, Cáceres, Spain

The unusual altarpiece which is carved from wood, is surrounded by 3 naves.

Cathedral Santa Maria Altarpiece, Cáceres, Spain
Inside the Cathedral Santa Maria, Cáceres, Spain

Outside stands a sculpture of San Pedro de Alcantara, whose feet have been rubbed for luck many a time.

San Pedro de Alacantra, Cáceres, Spain
San Pedro de Alacantra’s feet, Cáceres, Spain

Moorish Cistern

Cáceres museum, (which is free of charge), is set within 2 buildings. The Casa de las Veletas, which has a wonderful Moorish cistern, and Casa de los Caballos, which dates from the 16th century. The museum houses a collection of ancient historical artefacts dating back from as far as the Bronze Age.

Inside the cistern, Cáceres, Spain

Within the basement of Casa de las Veletas is a very well preserved example of an Islamic cistern. It is dated from between the 10th and 12th centuries. Although not to the scale of other preserved cisterns in the world, it is nonetheless impressive.

A view of the cistern, Cáceres, Spain

Jewish District

Christ’s Door – Puerta del Rio, Cáceres, Spain

The only Roman gate which exists within the walls now, is the Puerta del Rio (Christ’s Door), located within the Jewish district.

Whitewashed buildings, Cáceres, Spain

Amongst the whitewashed walls is San Antonio’s Hermitage. This hermitage was built upon a Jewish synagogue in the 15th century.

San Antonio’s Hermitage, Cáceres, Spain

It is a tiny place of worship and along with its nave has a little balcony overlooking the streets below.

Nave in San Antonio’s Hermitage, Cáceres, Spain

In Spain, you may notice that within the pavements of a Jewish District you will see a symbol. This is for Caminos de Sefarad, the route of Jewish Quarters.

The symbol of the Jewish Quarters in Spain, Cáceres, Spain

A helpful guide

There are so many incredible places to discover in Spain and I love planning road trips. I often use the DK Eyewitness books, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.

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Music to your ears

It’s always a pleasure to hear the beautiful sound of a solo Spanish guitarist.

A guitarist playing the Spanish guitar, Cáceres, Spain

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Tinto de Verano

Don’t miss out on a refreshing Tinto de Verano or ‘summer red wine’, made from 1 part red wine, 1 part gaseosa (La Casera is the most popular, but lemonade or sprite works too), topped with ice and a slice.

Tinto de Verano and a refreshing beer, Cáceres, Spain

Accommodation

Our accommodation for the 3 nights we were in Cáceres, was at the Parador Cáceres. A comfortable & stylish hotel, central located within the Old Town. A word of warning though – I would take caution trying to find it with your own car, the lanes are narrow, and only flow one way.

Although the Parador has a free outdoor parking lot, there are limited spaces and they are unable to be reserved. There is alternative parking available in an enclosed garage away from the hotel, which you will be transported to and from.

This parking is €19 per day but if you are a Parador Amigo (which is free to join) it is €12.

Parador Cáceres, Cáceres, Spain

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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