During my visits to Caceres and Merida, I was able to fit in many day excursions. The here are the 6 must-see cities in Extremadura, Spain. Each includes its own special character and background, and I would urge anyone with a few days to research.
Called the”Little Seville” due to its white homes and breezy porticos, Zafra is a little town located about 38 miles (60 km) south of Mérida. Its cobblestone streets, courtyards and carnation flowers also have caused its own reputation as a magical stop-off stage for those passing through Extremadura.
Jerez de los Caballeros
Zafra is located at the bottom of the Sierra de Castellar Mountains and is a common layover city for people driving between Cáceres and Sevilla. It requires a day to leisurely explore Zafra on foot. The major attraction in town is the Parador de Zafra, a 15th century Moorish castle-turned upscale resort (Plaza Corazon de Maria, 7).
“Paradors” are all government-operated hotels, which are usually historical buildings. There are scores of these located across Spain. The Parador de Zafra includes a 16th century courtyard, original stone walls, award winning restaurant and stately décor. The two chief squares of Zafra- Plaza España (a.k.a. Plaza Grande) and Plaza Chiquita- are all great places to start your walking tour. Restaurants, boutiques and coffee shops line the advantages of their plazas. The tourist office is located 8, at Plaza España and will be now available everyday.
Create your way to find the previous two surviving gates of the city- the Door of Jerez and Cubo’s Arch. Calle Sevilla, the main pedestrian walkway, would be the spot to search for souvenirs. Being at the bottom of a mountain range has its own advantages – panorama as you wander through the narrow, historic streets, to enjoy.
The Best Way to Arrive: Driving from Mérida to Zafra takes Approximately one hour by Accepting the A-66 and the EX-101 highways.
Jerez de los Caballeros is an amazing hidden gem located only 12 kilometers east of the Portuguese border. Jerez de los Caballeros is found in the southwest area of Extremadura and seduces visitors. It is a hilly city surrounded with a Moorish wall. Jerez de los Caballeros was the birthplace of explorer Vasco Nuñez p Balboa, famous by crossing the Isthmus of Panama, for reaching the Pacific Ocean. Panama’s main interface and official currency are called Balboa.
There are six gates to this city. The gate that I recommend should be seen is the 15th century Gate of Burgos located on Calle Templarios. The town’s other attractions include a Templar fortress, many religious buildings and historic”solares” (noblemen’s houses.)
How to get there: Jerez de los Caballeros could be reached by going south on the E-803 in Mérida, and then exiting on the EX-101 near Zafra. From that point, follow the EX-112 for around 20 minutes.
Guadalupe is a little city east of Cáceres famous for its principal appeal, Real Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is only one of my favorite cities in Extremadura because it can readily be reached by car or bus in Cáceres or the nearby city of Trujillo. Getting about on foot is easy and convenient. The town’s main sites All are making it a stress-free day trip from Cáceres. Our Lady of Guadalupe has become a symbol of Spanish civilization since the 15th century and also the shrine complex is a major Christian pilgrimage site for just as long.
The shrine was built to commemorate the shadowy, cedar wood statue of the Virgin Mary considered to have been carved by St. Luke. Visitors should visit the Plaza Mayor of the town to begin the tour of the monastery. Tours, although obligatory, are a fantastic and inexpensive way (just 3 euros) to learn about the history of the monastery in an incumbent Franciscan friar.
Your tour takes you through multiple chapels, beautifully preserved book archives, embroidery shows sacristy, and ultimately to the Camarín. The Camarín is where people will come across murals paintings, sculptures, and the celebrated black statue of the Virgin after. Hours of operation are 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm.
Trujillo is 13th century city located approximately 29 miles (45 km) east of Cáceres. Trujillo is referred to as the most”conquistador city” due to its famous inhabitants that helped conquer the New World. The proud city was home to many conquerors such as Francisco Pizarro (Peru), Diego García p Paredes (Trujillo, Venezuela), Francisco de Orellana (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and many more.
Its Plaza Mayor is really where all visitors should start their tour. Churches, three palaces, and also enchanting cafés frame the Plaza. Is a statue. Do not forget to stop by Corral del Rey (see Restaurants section) to get a great lunch close by Plaza Mayor. Past the Plaza [and ideally on a complete tummy ] visitors can walk the narrow streets or head upward Calle Ballesteros to view a few of Trujillo’s different attractions.
Trujillo’s Websites include the Santiago and Santa María Mayor churches.
The latter gives views from its tower of Trujillo to people. Santa María Mayor Church is available every day from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Admission is 1.50 Euros.
Continuing will bring you the Trujillo Castle, and museum turned and fortress. Casa Museo Pizarro is available every day from 10 am to 7 pm and from 4:30 pm to 2 pm. Admission is 2 Euros.
Fair every May for those looking for food festivals, Trujillo hosts the National Cheese. This is a really important Spanish competition and chance that is great for tourists buy and to sample award-winning cheeses.
Alcantara is a little city located that may be researched in under a day’s time. Alcantara’s key attraction is the Roman Bridge located just outside of the town. The 6-arch bridge consists of all about 656 feet (200 meters) in length, 196 feet (60 meters) high, and is built completely from granite free of mortar between the rocks. The bridge spans the Tajo, or Tagus River and was built at 106 AD in tribute of the Roman Emperor Trajan. Trajan was conqueror and a beloved ruler who greatly improved the public works system of their empire. He had been, though, a fan of wine and also young boys. The triumphal arch over the center section of the bridge was created particularly for him.
The Moors finally settled in Spain and named the city after the Arabic term for bridge,”Al-Qantarah.” The Moors destroyed the bridge at the 11th century, but thankfully it has since been revived a few times and today is one of Spain’s most handsome Roman structures. The bridge crossed or can be walked with a car, and is the scenic path of choice for motorists led to the Portuguese boundary that was nearby.
How to arrive: Driving from Cáceres to Alcantara takes approximately 1 hour. Simply take the N-521 west exit onto EX-207, which will bring you directly, and then to depart Cáceres.
Amongst the horizontal plains west of Cáceres is a national park located in the town of Malpartida p Cáceres, Los Barruecos. Los Barruecos comprises a range of fish and bird species, millennia-old granite stone, the remains of an ancient Roman villa, tombs, prehistoric cave paintings, and the attractive Vostell Museum.
Los Barruecos’ notorious stones have been a part of the scene for more than 500 million years, back when the plates of the Earth shifted and causing magma to spew out on the property’s surface. These colossal rocks have been contributed a smooth end by Countless years of existence. They sit stacked, solitary, perched, and sprinkled around several lakes and ponds, and give people the feeling of being on another planet.
For nature enthusiasts there is far to see. Los Barruecos home is called by dozens of ducks, owls, herons, hawks, and storks. However, the animals aren’t the only ones that have taken good advantage of the shelter this rock landscape that is exceptional offers- there is evidence in stone carvings and drawings that people inhabited this area over 10,000 decades ago. The remains of an early Roman village may also be researched.
After you have experienced the ecological and geological splendor of Los Barruecos, head around to the Vostell Museum to get a glimpse inside the creative mind of the German artist and Professional, Wolf Vostell. It seems fitting that the Vostell Museum sits at a natural setting that is remarkable – the natural beauty of Los Barruecos and the comparison between Vostell’s mechanical designs is truly one of a sort. The Vostell Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and entry will be 2.50 Euros.
There aren’t a lot of markers in Los Barruecos, but the location is terrific for people who love to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air photographing, hiking, climbing, or walking. Visitors should also make certain to bring a bottle of water and also a sunscreen with them if the cafeteria of the park is closed. It may be an especially hot day and water will be your very best friend in the hot sun.
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