December 31, 2015

One Day in Cáceres and Trujillo

Happy holidays!

As I am writing this post, I have spent eight days in El Viso (Córdoba), where my parents-in-law live. El Viso is a small village located in the province of Córdoba, in Andalucia. It has got around 2,800 inhabitants.

In my opinion, there is nothing special about El Viso (except that it is a lot colder than Málaga). Its most famous and important event is a fun fair to honor Santa Ana, which takes place on July 26 every year.

Since we did not have anything to see or visit in El Viso, we decided to take a short trip to Trujillo and Cáceres. Here is my short journal on our trip:




A Warm Sunny Winter in Trujillo

We went early at around 7:30 in the morning. It was still dark. We drove along the foggy road through a national road EX-104.

We first head to Trujillo, a historical town located in the province of Cáceres, in the autonomous community of Extremadura. Trujillo is approximately 200 km from El Viso or two and a half hours drive. Located between the Guadiana and Tojo rivers, Trujillo contains many medieval and renaissance buildings.

The fog slowly disappeared as we approached Trujillo. In fact, it was a warm sunny day there. The center of the Old Town (La Ciudad Monumental), Plaza Mayor, holds a group of important churches and castles. Among those is Santa María la Mayor Church. The local tourism office is located in Plaza Mayor, where you can ask for a free guiding map.

 Plaza Mayor

 Plaza Mayor

 Francisco Pizarro statue in Plaza Mayor

We took one of the streets behind Francisco Pizarro statue to take us to the castle. The streets were quite narrow with the stones-made walls. It wasn't difficult to find the castle; as soon as we reached the top, we could see the castle standing beautifully on top of the hill.

 The Castle (Alcazaba) of Trujillo


The view from the Castle

I definitely loved walking through the old streets in Trujillo. It is a quite small Old Town, so we took approximately an hour to see most of the most important monuments. You won't miss anything since you can find signs and directions easily.

A Walk through the Old Town in Cáceres

Located approximately 47 km from Trujillo, we took a 30-minutes drive through A-58. Cáceres is the capital province of Cáceres with a population of around 96,000. The weather suddenly changed from sunny to cloudy (with a chance of rain) when we arrived, yet we determined to step our feet in.

We parked our car not far from the Old Town. The ancient stone walls combine perfectly with narrow, cobbled streets. As we climbed the stone streets, we encountered several ancient buildings; one is named Palacio de Godoy on Godoy Street. Godoy is Antonio's second surname, so he was quite excited to see his name there.

 Palacio de Godoy - Godoy Palace

 Godoy Street

The door of the Santiago de los Caballero Church

Next, we head to Plaza Mayor to find a local tourism office for a (free) map, but unfortunately it was closed (we arrived at lunch time). Yet, we were lucky to find this huge map on the wall. It was pretty helpful.

 The huge map on the wall

The view in  Plaza Mayor

Arco de la Estrella 

Torre de Bujaco

We climbed on the steps of Arco de la Estrella and were greeted by one -- of many -- narrow streets.

One of the typical narrow streets in the Old Town

Not knowing where to go, we kept on walking anyway. It was almost impossible to get lost. As long as we kept on walking inside the fortress, we would get back to where we started. The streets made of small stones took us up and down. As we walked, we kept of encountering many gorgeous ancient buildings.





We tried to manage walking inside the fortress, yet, out of nowhere, our feet took us to a small street where the shops and restaurants are. There were various shops where we could buy gifts, souvenirs, and even clothes. Small bars sell different types of wines and local cheese. Cáceres is famous for its sheep cheese and salt-cured ham. I am not a fan of cheese, so I didn't buy any.

 A statue in one of the streets

A statue in front of a church

It was a fine day to have a short trip in Cáceres and Trujillo. I highly recommend these marvelous towns if you are fond of ancient, historical Spanish towns. I enjoyed our trip a lot, especially because not only I could visit new towns, but also because I could add two more fridge magnets in my collections.

I am definitely looking forward to our next trip.

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