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Caceres

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Cáceres [6] is a beautiful small city in the Extremadura region of Spain that is worth spending several days visting. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest major international airports to Cáceres are: Madrid Barajas, Seville and Lisbon. Each is around 250-300km from Cáceres.

Domestic flights from Madrid (Barajas) and Barcelona (El Prat) serve Cáceres' nearest airport, situated at Talavera in the province of Badajoz, around 90km from Cáceres. Talavera airport does not currently handle any international flights.

Airlines serving Madrid from the UK and Ireland : Aer Lingus [7], British Airways [8], Easyjet [9], flyBMI [10], Iberia [11], KLM [12], Lufthansa [13]. Airlines serving Madrid from the USA : American Airlines [14], Delta [15], Iberia [16], KLM [17], United [18].

By train[edit]

Cáceres is served by several trains daily originating in Madrid Atocha, Lisbon and Badajoz. Details of all services are available via the RENFE [19] website. Unfortunately trains in this area are currently quite slow in comparison to road transport. However, the journey does hold some speactacular scenery if time is not an issue.

Cáceres Railway Station is on the outskirts of the city, around 1-2km from the city centre. Taxis are readily available, although it is an easy 10 minute stroll along the Avenida de Alemania to the city centre.

A high speed railway is currently under construction linking Madrid and Lisbon via Cáceres, Mérida and Badajoz. However, due to various incidents this project is suffering many delays and it is currently unknown when the line will be complete.

By car[edit]

From Madrid: Follow the A-5 motorway towards Badajoz / Portugal, leaving at Trujillo onto the new A-58 autopista. This motorway will take you directly to the suburbs of Cáceres where you can follow signs for Centro Urbano to reach the city centre.

From Salamanca / the north: Take the A-66 southbound in direction Sevilla / Mérida. Leave the motorway at the north end of Cáceres (Ronda Norte) and enter the city using the N-630, which will bring you directly into the city centre.

From Seville / Mérida / the south: Take the A-66 northbound and at the junction with the EX-100. Follow the signs onto the N-630 to lead you directly into the city centre.

From Badajoz / Portugal: Leave the A-5 motorway and follow the regional EX-100 road to the outskirts of Cáceres. Follow the N-630 directly into the city.

By bus[edit]

From Madrid: Buses leave Madrid several times each day from the Estación del Sur. The journey takes between three and a half to four and a half hours, depending on the service / time of day. Services usually take a 20 minute break in the town of Navalmoral de la Mata. As of 18 July 2008, a single ticket costs 19,87€ (9,94€ for under 4s) and a return 36,15€ (17,89€ for under 4s) on normal services. On express services this rises to 23,75€ (11,90€) for singles and 43,40€ (21,40€) for returns.

From Seville / the south / Salamanca / the north: Buses from the Alsa company run this corridor, passing through Cáceres. Tickets (as at 18 July 2008) from Seville to Cáceres are 17,08€ single and 32,45€ return.

Cáceres Bus Station is on the outskirts of town, around 1-2km from the city centre. Taxis are readily available, although it is an easy stroll along the Avenida de Alemania to the city centre.

Get around[edit]

Cáceres is a very compact city so it is unlikely that visitors will need to use public transport. All areas of the city are within 30 minutes walk of the centre.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Plaza Mayor - From here you can see (from your right facing the Old City) the Ayunatmiento (City Hall), Torre del Horno, Torre de la Yerba, Arco de Estrella, and Torre de Bujaco
  • Palacio Golfines de Arriba - Now converted to a Parador
  • Upper Old City - Near Palacio de Golfines de Arriba is the Parroquia de San Mateo, Torre De Las Cigüenas (Tower of Storks), Museo de Cáceres (museum), and the Convento de San Pablo (where nuns make delicious pastries and baked goods.)
  • Lower Old City - If you enter under the Arco de Estrella you will come to the Concatedral de Santa Maria and the statue where you rub its feet for luck. During Semana Santa you can also guess the color of the Virgins clothes inside for good luck and the procession passes right by here. Practically next door is Palacio Golfines de Abajo where Francisco Franco once stayed. At the next intersection you'lll come to the Plaza de San Jorge (With a small statue of St. George) and the Iglesia de la Preciosa Sangre who's tower you can climb for a small fee. Going downhill from there you will pass the Arab museum and go through the Arco de Cristo a 2,000 year old Roman arch. To your left immediately after will be Calle Caleros which has some history and markings for the Camino de Santiago.
  • Parroquia de Santiago de los Caballeros - If you continue up Calle Calero as it rises and turns you will run into this larger church.
  • Iglesia San Juan Bautista - Leaving the Plaza Mayor towards the main part of the city specifically Paseo de Canovas
  • Paseo de Canovas - A nice covered walk through the middle of the city
  • Parque del Principe - A nice elongated park with some interesting artwork and fountains dotting it.
  • Santuario De Nuestra Señora De La Montaña - On the top of the mountain south of town contains the Virgin for most of the year and makes a nice walk or a strenuous run if you are up for it. Also has beautiful views of the Old City.
  • Plaza de los Toros - A bullfighting arena that is on the north side of town. It might be worth seeing a fight if only to understand why this practice has become increasingly unpopular in Spain.
  • Claustro Principal del Complejo Cultural San Francisco - An old cloister that you will often see storks nesting on.

The Old Town of Cáceres, where scenes from the Ridley Scott movie 1492: Conquest of Paradise were filmed.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Torta de Casar - Try this and other local cheeses at many restaurants around the area
  • Jamón Iberico - A delicacy made from acorn fed pigs raised in the region try it at many restaurants and the food fairs.
  • Patatera Extremeña - A potato sausage that is sometimes spicy and is made locally.
  • Churrería Ronda del Carmen - It's traditional after partying until the sun comes up to get churros and chocolate (a thick liquid chocolate). There are also other places to find these.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • El Corral de las Cigueñas, c/ Cuesta de Aldana, 6, +34 670 590 068, [1]. Lively bar in the old part of town. By day a relaxing place to have a drink with friends, by night the home of some of the best live bands in Cáceres. Enjoys a mixed crowd, and is popular among students.  edit
  • La Habana Café-Bar, c/ Pizarro, 1, [2]. 1600 - 0300. A lively bar which draws visitors for coffee and chat in the afternoons and drinks and dancing at night. Very lively at weekends and known for serving excellent Mojitos. Very reasonably priced and the staff are extremely efficient and helpful. The bar also has a great focus on art, housing the vibrant Habana Espacio Libre art gallery in an adjoining apartment.  edit
  • La Divina Comedia, Calle Donoso Cortés, 13, 10003. 2130 - 0230. A bar based on Dante's Divine Comedy has nice ambience with only candles for lighting. Great for really cheap drinks and their set of 8 shots (ask the bartender to surprise you)  edit
  • Oxígeno, Calle Santo Domingo, 9, 10003. 2200 - 0400. A bar that can barely fit 8 people inside somehow fits twice that. Is known for really cheap drinks.  edit
  • Plaza de Albatros, Plaza de Albatros. 2200 - 0600. A plaza with multiple clubs that's popular with the university students and a younger crowd clubs include Ivanhoe and VELVET  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Barceló V Centenario, c/ Manuel Pacheco, s/n, +34 927 23 22 00, [3]. Upmarket hotel based on the outskirts of Cáceres. Very good quality service. The only drawback of this hotel is its location, as it is quite far from the town's major attractions.  edit
  • Hotel Cáceres Golf, Carretera N-630, km. 558, +34 927 23 46 00, [4]. Excellent hotel located a few miles outside Cáceres town on a Golf Complex. Accommodation and meals are of an extremely high standard. The hotel is not well situated for those arriving without a car, as public transport to this area is limited.  edit
  • Hostal Hernán Cortés, Travesía Hernán Cortés, 6, +34 927 24 34 88. Quaint little Hostal situated in the modern area of town, behind the post office. Only 5-10 minutes walk from all the main attractions. The Hostal is old-fashioned and basic. However, it is very clean and great value for money and has a very helpful and friendly staff. Perfect for a short break if you don't intend to spend much time indoors. 30€.  edit
  • Hotel Los Naranjos, c/ Alfonso IX, 12, +34 927 24 35 12. Small budget hotel located on the outskirts of the old town, just a few minutes walk from the Plaza Mayor.  edit
  • Parador de Cáceres, c/ Ancha, 6, +34 927 21 17 59, [5]. checkin: 25/march/2014; checkout: 27/march/2014. Upmarket, state-owned Parador Hotel located in the heart of the old town. Perfect location for all the major attractions in Cáceres. Very luxurious.  edit
  • NH Palacio de Oquendo, Pza. San Juan 11, +34 927 21 58 00 [20]. The NH Palacio de Oquendo is an entirely renovated ancient palace dating from the 16th Century, situated next to the main shopping area and within the Roman and Arabic walls.

Get out[edit]

  • Parque Nacional de Monfragüe - A national park that is located fairly close
  • Los Barruecos - Nature Preserve with interesting rock formations and a local artist
  • Trujillo - Head to the nearby town for the National Spanish Cheese Festival and learn a bit about it's most famous resident Francisco Pizzaro.
  • Badajoz - Head here for Carnival for a crazy party in the city square.


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