Living history at your feet
What do you know about Cáceres? Now's the time for a getaway by train to this city in Extremadura. Popularly known as "the town of a thousand and one shields", Cáceres is a unique destination.
Its historical and cultural legacy has seen Cáceres declared a World Heritage City. There must be good reason, wouldn't you think? Get your camera and your best smile at the ready, because there are so many incredible places to photograph.
Streets, squares, palaces, churches and walls in a magnificent state of conservation, transport you back in time to another era. The hallmarks of three cultures: Christianity, Islam and Judaism can all be seen in the different corners of the city.
Plaza de San Jorge, the patron saint of the city, located in the heart of the walled enclosure of Cáceres is a mandatory stop-off point. Framed by the Church of San Francisco Javier, Casa de los Becerra and the tower of Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo make this square a very special enclave in the city.
The Church of San Francisco Javier, known as the Church of the Precious Blood, is Baroque in style, built in the eighteenth century. The building overlooks a huge staircase, home to the image of San Jorge.
The Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo is one of the most imposing monuments of the complex. It served as a house-fortress, with its towers giving the building a particularly defensive look. Together with Casa de los Becerra, currently the headquarters of the Mercedes Calles y Carlos Ballestero Foundation, these are clear examples of Cáceres' civil architecture and its perfect state of conservation.
The exceptional state with which everything has been conserved has made Cáceres an authentic film set. Multiple national and international series and films have decided to shoot scenes in the city. "1492, Conquest of Paradise" and "Game of Thrones" are just a couple of examples.
Follow a Film Route and stroll the cobbled streets of Cáceres to discover the different corners and features that served as the backdrop to films and series. A different way of getting to know the city, perfect for film fans and for all the family.
At lunchtime, Plaza Mayor is always an excellent option. Bursting with life, surrounded by arcades and boasting spectacular views, it is the perfect place for a drink in good company, although the city offers places that just as worth the visit.
Sample typical dishes, such as migas, washed down by a wine from the Ribera del Guadiana designation of origin or a craft beer that is popular in the area. If you are a fan of the most avant-garde cuisine, Cáceres is the place for you, as the city is stoking up increasing interest in this type of cuisine. For those with a sweet tooth, the traditional sweets prepared carefully at the Convent of San Pablo are a sure-fire hit.
Caceres has it all. What more could you ask for? Sit back, relax and explore this city with Renfe.
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