It is located in the peneplain of Cáceres between the elevations of Cáceres and the Sierra de San Pedro. The granite rocks stand out in its relief, whose disintegration results in sandy soils. The history of Malpartida de Cáceres is lost in remote times as shown by the archaeological sites of the Paleolithic found in the area of Vendimia and Regato del Lugar, or the Neolithic settlements of Canchal Carrasco and El Corchao. From the year 3000 B.C. there are also remains of population, engravings and cave paintings, in Los Barruecos, where there is also testimony of the pre-Roman and Roman period, ex-votos to the goddess "Adaegina' in the form of little bronze goats and the ruins of a Roman villa. Remains of Muslim and late medieval buildings still tell of the continuity of man in these places, but it was at the end of the thirteenth century, after the Reconquest, when the village of Malpartida was born and belonged to the Land of Cáceres until 1833. The War of Independence almost caused the disappearance of the town as such, but it recovered after the independence of the jurisdiction of Cáceres, the installation of the Wool Washing Place of Los Barruecos, today the Vostell Malpartida Museum, or the inauguration of the Central Railway Station of Arroyo-Malpartida. At present its proximity to the city of Cáceres, the Natural Monument of Los Barruecos and the Vostell Malpartida Museum, give it importance and dynamism.
Malpartida de Cáceres is structured in wide, straight streets where you can see palaces or mansions that speak of the economic power and social prestige of the families that lived there, such as the House of Francisco Hidalgo or the Shield, from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century, which is the only example of civil Gothic in the village and perhaps one of the oldest buildings in the village. From the 16th century the Arches of Santa Ana remain as a reminder of a Renaissance patio in a house owned by the Riveros and Espaderos lineages. Of the Ovando fortress or Castillo Caído (Fallen Castle), from the 16th century, only a cube can be seen where there are embrasures and saeteras. The ruins of the fortress of the Pereiros have the remains of a wall. The palace of Topete also known as House of the Chimney, the palace of the Paras street, the palace of Mayoralgo, which had the privilege of having in front of it a free space in the street, which is still preserved, to allow the turning of the carriages or the mansion of the Inquisition whose name refers to the shield of the Inquisition that appears in the center of the facade. But among all this civil and popular architecture, the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción stands out. Built in the 16th century, it alternates Gothic elements with others of Renaissance manufacture, such as its beautiful façade. It is believed that the first parish church that Malpartida de Cáceres had was the hermitage of San Antonio, built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The hermitages of Santos Mártires and Santa Ana are from the same period, and La Soledad is later in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The visitor cannot leave Malpartida de Cáceres without tasting its rich and traditional gastronomy and visiting and touring its Natural Monument of Los Barruecos where you will also find the Wool Washing Place, today the Vostell Malpartida Museum.
Malpartida de Cáceres celebrates its patron saint's day on 15 May in honour of San Isidro Labrador, the August festivities on the 15th bring together a large number of locals and foreigners, on 3 May the May Crosses and the Easter processions are held in Malpartida, and the Carnivals are also spectacular.
A traditional celebration, declared a Festival of Regional Tourist Interest, fills the streets of Malpartida de Cáceres in Carnival, specifically on Shrove Tuesday, is " The Requested of the Patatera". This festivity has its origin at the end of the XIX century, when the young people to celebrate the carnivals before the Lent arrives they asked for the houses of the town foods that then they shared in the tavern and as what more abundant between the people of the place was the patatera, sausage elaborated with potato, animal fat, meat of pork and paprika, since it is of what more quantity they were obtaining, from there that directly they were saying we are going to "ask for the patatera".
Malpartida de Cáceres is part of the Chimney Route because one of the elements that characterize and give personality to its popular architecture is that its buildings have large chimneys.
Oral history tells us that the name of the village is due to the fact that there were three houses in it, each belonging to three brothers. Between them a strong enmity originated when they had to divide the inheritance of the lands and as a consequence they left them very "BAD-MATCHES".
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Malpartida de Cáceres is located in the middle of the N-521, shortly after leaving Cáceres towards the border with Portugal. The EX-207 regional road also reaches the town, connecting it with neighbouring towns as well as with Alcántara.
Malpartida de Cáceres has a bus service that connects it daily with Cáceres and other nearby municipalities.
Malpartida de Cáceres shares a medium-distance station with the neighbouring municipality of Arroyo de la Luz, the Arroyo-Malpartida station, which is located in the district of Estación Arroyo-Malpartida in the municipality of Cáceres and forms part of the line that connects the capital of Cáceres with Valencia de Alcántara.
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