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Plan your trip to Caceres
1.- Packing your bag
1. Which suitcase to choose? Soft ones for short trips and hard ones for long trips or for stopovers.
2. Carry the essential things with you, so you can come back with presents.
3. Use cellophane to divide clothes inside the suitcase.
4. Wear the clothes that occupy the most space.
5. Always carry hermetic bags, which can be very useful for any last-minute unexpected problems.
6. Optimise your toilet bag to avoid any unwanted surprises.
7. Bring versatile clothing, although make sure it looks good because it will be in the photos you are going to keep and see for the rest of your life.
8. Choose your footwear carefully and bring three pairs at most: trainers, flip flops and shoes or hiking boots. Make sure you bring something elegant for when you go for a few drinks.
9. Save 20% of the suitcase for anything you may bring back.
10. If the clothes are creased after the trip, you can use the home method of taking a hot bath and hanging the clothes in the bathroom, so the steam can get rid of the creases.
2.- Phone numbers of interest
- Emergency center 112
- Fire service 080
- Red Cross Ambulances 927 222 222
- Local Police 092 / 927 255 769
3.- Traditional gastronomy
Torta del Casar: Creamy cheese, the most famous one in the province.
Pimentón de la Vera: Spice used especially in meats
Escabeche de bacalao: Marinated cod made with oil, vinegar, bay leaves and other spices.
Alcántara Partridge: Legendary game-meat dish..
Jamón de Montánchez: Jam cured in Montánchez.
Patatera: Cold cut made with the fat of Iberian pork and potato puree. Delicious on bread.
Pringue extremeña: Also called cachuela, caldillo, manteca colorá. Homemade pork-liver pâté.
Pringadas: Bread with minced chorizo.
Migas extremeñas: Day-old bread soaked in water and stir fried with garlic, chorizo and pork.
Pestorejo: Grilled pig neck.
Cochifrito: Fried spiced pork meat.
Dulces: Perrunillas, buñuelos de viento and rosquillas de alfajores are some of the area’s most famous sweets.
Pitarra or earthen-jar wine: Wine made at the home of local families.
BEST AREA TO EAT IN
Plaza de San Juan.
4.- Leisure areas
Calle Pizarro, a street with great atmosphere for drinks at night.
5.- Shopping and markets
Exiting Plaza de San Juan on Felipe Uribarri street all the way to Calle de los Pintores. This 300-yard pedestrian street has maintained its commercial activity after changing craft workshops for high-street-brand shops. It is the most popular shopping street amongst locals.
Convent of Compañía de Jesús
Built in the Eighteenth century, this Baroque convent with Churrigeresque influences is today owned by the Regional Council.
Co-cathedral of Santa María
Gothic ashlar-stone building with three naves that contain Romanesque remains of a previous construction. Entry price: 1€
City Walls and Arco del Cristo
The arch is the only Roman gate that is still standing, built in the First century with large ashlar stones set in place by ropes and logs, and a barrel vault in between the two large arches.
Church of Santiago
Its two main gates are the main outstanding points from its exterior. Inside, there is a beautiful altarpiece by Alonso Berruguete, a Renaissance-style fence and different carvings.
7.- Other points
Torre de Sande
This Gothic-style tower has a façade with a shield that bears five fleur de lis, belonging to the Aldana family. Today it holds a restaurant.
This square emerged in the Twelfth century as a result of an annual fair. It’s one of the largest squares in Spain. One of the main gates of access is Arco de la Estrella.
Dentro alberga Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Cáceres. Se destaca el aljibe que se conserva de la alcazaba árabe. El aljibe sigue en uso, recogiendo el agua de lluvia. Es uno de los aljibes mejor conservados de España.
Going back through Plaza de los Pereros we enter the Old Jewish Quarter, in the district of San Antonio de la Quebrada. It gets its name due to its continuous slopes, which the small houses deal with as best they can. Through Rincón de la Monja we get to the chapel of San Antonio, a reflection of the simplicity of popular architecture which occupies the land where the old synagogue used to be.
8.- With kids
Monfragüe National Park
Villarreal de San Carlos is where the entrance to the park is as well as the location of the Visitor Centre, exhibitions, etc. Different hiking routes take you to this reserve’s most emblematic spots.
Sanctuary of Virgen de la Montaña
Located in Sierra de la Mosca, it was built in the Eighteenth century and has a single nave. Inside is the image of the patron saint of Cáceres, whose festival takes place the first Sunday in May. A visit to the city on these dates is a must.
It was declared a Natural Monument due to its spectacular landscape, dominated by large granitic masses.
Palacio de las Veletas
Inside, it holds the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Caceres. One of its main features is the cistern that was preserved from the Arabic citadel. The cistern is still in use gathering rain water and is one of the best-preserved ones in Spain.
Palace of Golfines de Abajo
Is one of the best palaces of Cáceres’ old town, the home of the Catholic Monarchs when they visited the city.
A museum that expresses avant-garde art, a meeting point between art and life.