Cáceres: A Treasure Trove of Sights

Europe - Editor - 21 January 2009

Cáceres: A Treasure Trove of Sights

If you’re looking for a great new holiday destination, you might want to consider the city of Cáceres in Spain. This ancient place was founded as far back in history as 34 BC by the Romans. However it was only after the Moors arrived sometime in the 12th century that Cáceres started to gain prominence and splendor. Little wonder then, with such a great history, that Cáceres in Spain has become such a great tourist attraction.

Today you will find a wonderfully historical city just waiting to be discovered. Medieval defensive towers, such as the Bujaco, Yerba and del Horno, were built around the city as part of the walled defenses sometime during the 12th century. Visitors generally enter the medieval quarter via the Arco de la Estrella, which has served as a gateway for the city for thousands of years. It was built in the 18th century to replace the medieval Puerta Nueva which was built during the medieval period. Once inside the medieval quarter, you will rediscover a bygone era in the most amazing way. Large, ancient palaces and ancestral houses can be found around every corner. The family coats of arms placed on each building helps locals to easily identify who the home belongs to. A visit to the Plaza de Santa Maria is a special treat. This striking courtyard is simply surrounded by palaces, including the Carvajal Palace that was built sometime between the 15th and 16th centuries. An aged thousand-year-old fig tree stands at the center of the courtyard in all its gnarled and knobby wisdom. It is perfectly complimented by a 12th century Moorish round tower, which stands tall near by. The Plaza de Santa Maria is also the home of the Cáceres Tourist, Craft and Traditional Culture Board so it makes the perfect starting point for a tour of Cáceres.

This is just one small little glimpse at the many treasures to be found in Cáceres. There is certainly no shortage of treasures here and visitors will find dozens more aged palaces, striking churches and hand-carved interiors to admire. In fact, you will likely find yourself spoilt for choice. So make sure that Cáceres in Spain is one of the next places you plan to visit when you go on holiday!


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