In my first visit to Cáceres I has a terrible experience that you will be able to read here, if you have enough patience for it.
Out of my plans for more than 40 years, needing to pass nearby I decided to have another look.
This time everything was good, and the image of town very appealing.
Ok, Caceres you’re forgiven, but I will take time to write about what I saw now.
The Plaza Mayor is the main square in town, surrounded by impressive historical buildings, many of which date back to the 16th century. Some of them include the Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo, the Casa del Sol, and the Casa de la Cigüeña.
At the center of the plaza stands a statue of Pedro de Alvarado, and around many restaurants and bars.
Bujaco Tower is a medieval tower located in the historic center of the city dating back to the 12th century.
It was originally part of the city’s defensive walls and used as a watchtower, and over the centuries it has been used for various purposes, including as a prison and a bell tower.
Today, Bujaco Tower is open to visitors and serves as a museum that showcases the history of Cáceres and the tower itself.
The Estrella Arch was built in the Gothic style and is characterized by its pointed arch and ornate decoration. It served as one of the entrances to the fortified city, and was used to control access to the town from the surrounding countryside.
Santa Maria church
Santa María is a church built during the 15th and 16th centuries in the Gothic style, with later additions in the Baroque style.
Casa Becerra is a historic building considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the city.
It was built in the 16th century for the Becerra family, a wealthy noble family in Cáceres.
San Jorge square
San Jorge Square (Plaza de San Jorge) is a picturesque square located in the historic center of Cáceres, named after the San Jorge church, which is located on one side of the square.
The square is surrounded by other impressive historical buildings, many of which date back to the 15th and 16th centuries.
Las Cigueñas palace
The Palacio de las Cigüeñas is a 15th-century palace that was built for the Paredes family, a prominent noble family in Cáceres, with a beautiful Gothic-style facade and a large central courtyard with a fountain. The building underwent several modifications and additions over the years, including the addition of a Renaissance-style tower.
Today, the Palacio de las Cigüeñas houses the Provincial Historical Archive of Cáceres.
Cáceres Museum is housed in two adjoining buildings: the Casa de las Veletas, a 16th-century palace (in the photo), and the Casa de los Caballos, a 15th-century building.
San Pablo church was built in the 16th century in the Gothic-Renaissance style and is considered one of the most important religious buildings in the city.
The interior is equally impressive, with a series of chapels adorned with beautiful artwork and religious relics. The interesting cloister is located next to the church.
The City Hall (Ayuntamiento de Cáceres) is a historic building constructed in the 19th century in the Neo-Renaissance style.
We needed a quick and light meal to face the almost 400 km back home, and this restaurant was a perfect choice.
The menu was not too rich, but the recommended dish was good, gently served, and at a very reasonable price.
Pre-historic sleep in Cáceres
It was the remote year of 1971, months before being sent to war in Africa, when the opportunity arose, with two friends and a student budget, to get to know something of Europe that the dictatorship kept us away from and hid.
The first night would be (and was) in Cáceres, a city of passage, as the objective was beyond the Pyrenees.
In a dark square in a dark city, we asked an old man to recommend a cheap pension, and we followed him through dark alleys to the “so-called” cheap pension.
The bed smelled of DDT, which made me dream all night of fleas and bedbugs, of all colors and sizes.
In the morning I took a bath (there was a bath in the dock) and the mirror showed me an unrecognizable body, full of pimples and blemishes.
See the power of dreams?
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