During my visits to Caceres and Merida, I managed to fit in day trips. The here are the 6 towns in Extremadura, Spain. Each includes its own character and history, and I’d urge anyone with a couple of spare days to research as much as they can.
Called the”Little Seville” due to its white homes and breezy porticos, Zafra is a small town located about 38 miles (60 km) south of Mérida. Carnation flowers and its cobblestone streets, courtyards have earned its reputation as a magical point for all those.
Jerez de los Caballeros
Zafra is situated at the base of the Sierra de Castellar Mountains and is still now a common layover town for people driving between Sevilla and Cáceres. It takes a day to explore Zafra in the world. The most important attraction in the town is the Parador de Zafra, a 15th century Moorish castle-turned upscale resort (Plaza Corazon de Maria, 7).
“Paradors” are government-operated hotels, which are generally historical buildings. There are dozens of them. The Parador de Zafra features a 16th century courtyard, first stone walls, award-winning restaurant along with stately décor. Both main squares of Zafra- Plaza España (a.k.a. Plaza Grande) along with Plaza Chiquita- are great places to begin your walking tour. Coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants line the advantages of the plazas. The tourist area is located at Plaza España, 8 and is open daily.
Make your way to find the two gates of the city- the Door of Jerez and the Arch of Cubo. Calle Sevilla, the primary pedestrian walkway, would be your location to look for souvenirs. Being at the base of a mountain range has its benefits- panorama as you wander through the narrow roads, to enjoy.
How to get there: Driving from Mérida into Zafra takes about an hour by Shooting the A-66 as Well as Also the EX-101 highways.
Jerez de los Caballeros is an incredible hidden gem located just 12 kilometers east of the Portuguese border. Jerez de los Caballeros is found in the area of Extremadura and seduces visitors with its countryside landscape. It is a hilly town surrounded by a Moorish wall that’s still totally intact. Jerez de los Caballeros has been the birthplace of explorer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, by crossing the Isthmus of Panama, for hitting the Pacific Ocean known. The key port and official money of panama are aptly called Balboa.
There are six gates for this medieval 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.)
The best way to get there: Jerez de los Caballeros may be reached by heading south over the E-803 in Mérida, and then exiting on the EX-101 close to Zafra. From that point, follow the EX-112 for about 20 minutes.
Guadalupe is a small town east of Cáceres known for its primary appeal, Real Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Because it can readily be reached by car or bus in the nearby town of Trujillo or Cáceres, this is only one of my favorite towns in Extremadura. Once in Guadalupe getting about on foot is simple and convenient. The town’s main sites All are present in 3 to 5 minutes of each other, making it a stress-free day excursion from Cáceres. Our Lady of Guadalupe has become a symbol of Spanish culture since the 15th century and the shrine complex is a major Christian pilgrimage site for just as long.
The shrine has been built to commemorate the darkened, cedar wood statue of the Virgin Mary thought to have been carved by St. Luke. Visitors should visit the town’s Plaza Mayor to start the tour of the monastery. Tours, although obligatory, are a fantastic and cheap way (just 3 euros) to learn about the history of the monastery in an incumbent Franciscan friar.
Your excursion takes you through chapels, superbly preserved ultimately to the Camarín, and book archives, antiques exhibits sacristy. The Camarín is where visitors may encounter different paintings, murals, sculptures, along with the mythical statue of the Virgin and the complex is termed. Hours of operation are 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm.
Trujillo is 13th century town located approximately 29 miles (45 km) east of Cáceres. Trujillo is referred to as the most”conquistador town” due to its famous inhabitants that helped conquer the New World. The proud town was home to many conquerors including Francisco Pizarro (Peru), Diego García de Paredes (Trujillo, Venezuela), Francisco de Orellana (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and many more.
Its striking Plaza Mayor is really where all people must begin their tour. The Plaza is framed by churches, three palaces, along with also. In its center is a statue commemorating Francisco Pizarro. Do not forget to stop by Corral del Rey (see Restaurants section) for a great lunch near by Plaza Mayor. Beyond the Plaza [and hopefully on a complete stomach] visitors can walk the narrow roads or head up Calle Ballesteros to view a number of Trujillo’s other attractions.
Trujillo’s sites include the Santiago and Santa María Mayor churches.
The latter gives visitors views out of its tower of Trujillo. Santa María Mayor Church is open every day from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. Entry is 1.50 Euros.
Continuing will bring you the former residence of Pizzaro fortress and turned also the Trujillo Castle, along with museum. Casa Museo Pizarro is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm and from 4:30 pm to 2 pm. Entry is two Euros.
Trujillo hosts the National Cheese May for all those looking for food festivals. This is a really important competition and opportunity for tourists buy and to sample award-winning cheeses.
Alcantara is a small, almost ghostly town located that may be researched in under the time of a day. The key attraction of alcantara is the Roman Bridge. The 6-arch bridge is about 656 feet (200 meters) in length, 196 feet (60 meters) high, and can be constructed completely out of granite with no mortar between the rocks. The bridge crosses the Tajo, or Tagus River and has been built at 106 AD in tribute of the Roman Emperor Trajan. Trajan was a ruler and conqueror who improved the public works program of the empire. He was, though, a lover of wine and young boys. The triumphal arch across the bridge’s section was created especially for him.
The Moors finally settled in Spain and called the town after the Arabic word for bridge,”Al-Qantarah.” The Moors destroyed the bridge at the 11th century, but thankfully it has since been restored several times and now is among Spain’s most handsome Roman structures. The bridge crossed or can be walked with a car, and is the scenic route of choice for drivers led to the Portuguese boundary.
The best way to arrive: Driving from Cáceres into Alcantara takes approximately 1 hour. Take the N-521 west depart EX-207, that’ll bring you straight, and then to exit Cáceres.
Amongst the plains west of Cáceres is Los Barruecos, a national park found in the small town of Malpartida de Cáceres. Los Barruecos comprises a range of fish and bird species, enormous, millennia-old granite stone, the remains of prehistoric cave paintings, tombs, an ancient Roman world, along with the captivating Vostell Museum.
Los Barruecos’ mythical stones are a part of the scene for over 500 million years, back when the plates of the Earth shifted and causing magma to spew out on the surface of the land. These colossal rocks have been contributed a smooth finish by Countless years of existence. They sit perched, piled and sprinkled around several ponds and lakes, and give visitors the sensation of being on a different planet.
For nature enthusiasts there’s much to see. Dozens of ducks, owls, herons, hawks, and storks telephone Los Barruecos house. However, the animals are not the only ones who have taken good advantage of the shelter this rock landscape that is exceptional offers- there’s proof in drawings and rock carvings that people inhabited this area over 10,000 decades ago. The remains of an early Roman village may also be researched.
As soon as you’ve experienced the ecological and geological grandeur of Los Barruecos, head around to the Vostell Museum for a glimpse inside the mind of the German artist Wolf Vostell, and Professional. It seems fitting that the Vostell Museum stays at a remarkable all-natural setting- the comparison between the mechanical designs of Vostell and the natural beauty of Los Barruecos is one of a type. The Vostell Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and entry will be 2.50 Euros.
There are not a lot of markers in Los Barruecos, however, the location is fantastic for visitors who love to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air walking, hiking, climbing, or photographing. Visitors must make sure to bring a sunscreen and a bottle of water with them when the park’s cafeteria is closed. It may be an especially hot water and day will be your very best buddy in the Spanish sun.
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