Different civilizations and cultures have passed through the lands of Extremadura over the years, leaving a legacy of incalculable value. A historical and artistic heritage that adds to the magnificent natural landscapes that Mother Nature has delicately drawn over the years. The province of Cáceres, like its sister Badajoz, gives us, when visiting it, beautiful corners marked by the special character that without a doubt this noble land possesses. Traditions, monuments, villages and cities, together with idyllic natural enclaves surprise us throughout our journey through Cáceres.
The Romans, among other civilizations, left a mark of their passage through these lands, an inheritance that today we can contemplate when visiting, for example, ancient archaeological sites. The struggle throughout history for the control of these lands, of great strategic value, has resulted in an important cultural heritage. Castles and fortifications, colossal engineering works hundreds of years old or lavish monasteries are a gateway in time for the visitor. Monuments that in many cases merge with the natural environment around them, thus increasing their beauty and interest. Natural places like the Natural Reserve of the Gorge of the Hells, in the Valley of the Jerte, are places of inexcusable visit if we traveled by the province of Caceres. Capricious landscapes such as those formed by the Tagus River along its untiring course and which are home to the fauna and flora that inhabit them. Along these 8 charming places to visit in the province of Caceres we will approach some of the many destinations offered by Caceres.
Many of the monuments in this region of Extremadura tell us about its historical importance. One of the most representative, given the illustrious character, who inhabited it is the Monastery of Yuste, and is that this was the place chosen by the Emperor Charles V as his last residence. Here he retired in search of the peace and tranquillity that the magnificent natural environment that surrounds him transmits, an atmosphere that can still be felt today when walking through the different rooms of the monastery or when touring the gardens and the forest that surround it. An enclave that today is reached by the famous Route of Charles V, a hiking route that follows the steps that brought the emperor here.
The tumultuous Middle Ages, with its disputes, had in the lands of Cáceres a unique scenario for the remarkable historical events that took place here. Places today that serve as unbeatable settings for series and films that seek to revive other eras or transport us to worlds of fantasy, and which fulfil their purpose thanks to monuments such as Castle Trujillo. This fortress from its strategic location, in the town of Trujillo, has seen illustrious characters pass through it as it was adapted to the different needs of each period of history.
Engineering works that have come down to us thanks to the expertise and know-how of those who built them. Like the Romans who, among the legacy of monuments they coined throughout their vast empire, we find in the province of Caceres one of the best preserved, the Roman Bridge of Alcantara. A dizzying construction that even today serves as a passage between the two banks of the Tagus River and saw how over the years was reconditioned and maintained its structure given its value. Furthermore, near this historical bridge, in the nearby town that gives it its name, Alcántara, there is another architectural jewel, the San Benito Convent, which is also worth visiting.
The province of Cáceres also stands out for the contrast of its landscapes, the Llanos of Cáceres, the Sierra of Fuentes or San Pedro, are just some examples. Landscapes as unique and exclusive as the Natural Monument of Los Barruecos in the municipality of Malpartida de Cáceres, named European Village of the Storks due to the important colony of these birds that meet here. Los Barruecos not only gives us the spectacular views formed by the whimsical formations that characterize it, but also hides important archaeological sites that tell us about the importance and in many cases the mysticism that this place still retains.
Extremadura has been and still is crossed by important communication routes and, of course, by pilgrimages. Roman roads such as the Vía de la Plata which linked the Roman Merida, passing through Cáceres and Salamanca, with Astorga and which today forms part of the rich repertoire of routes offered by the Way of Saint James have reached our days. Pilgrimage routes that brought thousands of pilgrims to spiritual temples such as the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, and still do today. Every year thousands of visitors and pilgrims come to the town of Guadalupe for various reasons but with the same objective.
Situated between the northern border of Cáceres and the monumental town of Plasencia, in the middle of the Vía de la Plata, the archaeological site of the ancient Roman city of Cáparra awaits us in peace. Without a doubt this Roman villa was very important in its time, as we can see during our visit. The route along its streets allows us to move in time imagining in detail the architecture of their houses or the forum while we cross the famous Roman Arch of Caparra.
Cáceres capital treasures as few capitals a magnificent monumental set that has to transport us to past times. To walk through the streets of its historical centre is to walk through a medieval town that has known how to resist the passing of time. The Tower of Bujaco keeps one of the doors of entry to the ancient town of Caceres, saved his impenetrable wall awaits us countless corners, each with its own history. The Jewish quarter, the cathedral, the palaces, keep in themselves part of the attraction that they share with the visitor. Ancient cisterns with hundreds of years of history await us, to show us that they could still be in operation today. Walking through its streets at night brings an air of mysticism that will make us live an experience that we cannot fail to take advantage of.
Nature also plays an important role in many of the charming places we can visit in Cáceres, and the Monfragüe National Park is one of them. Its rich biodiversity, the magnificent landscape formed by the union of the rivers Tajo and Tiétar, were more than enough reasons to acquire the category of national park. Here we can enjoy, among other things, the different trekking routes that run through it, such as the Monfragüe Castle Route that brings us closer to the remains of this ancient fortification, or practice birdwatching by following the Monfragüe Viewpoints Route that will allow us to observe the large colony of birds that live on the rocky walls carved by the river.
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