Trujillo is an interesting city. The old town has a Plaza Mayor with a unique shape, not quite circular or rectangular, and it has a statue of Francisco Pizarro who was born in Trujillo and went on to found Lima which is now the capital of Peru. The old town is full of cobble stone streets, old stone houses, and at the top of the hill you will find a castle that overlooks the town. It is worth the small hike up the hill to see the castle, which you can enter and walk through, including of course a few castle walls and towers. You can get great views from the castle walls of the city and the surrounding land. There are also numerous churches and cathedrals to see, but I think the main sights are the Plaza Mayor and the Castle.
My last stop in Extremadura was the city of Cáceres. When driving to Cáceres, as you approach the city you see the old city which is surrounded by the ancient city wall. The medieval town is very much un-touched by modern accoutrements. I saw the main sites of the city in one day, although I would recommend spending more time there and I hope to return one day with more time to explore.
Cáceres has many steep cobble stone streets that are lined with old stone houses and small mansions and palaces. When you first enter the old town you can actually climb up certain portions of the ancient wall (a section right off of the Plaza Mayor is a great spot), something I always recommend doing when you have the chance! There are many churches to see as well. The San Francisco Javier Church sits at the top of a small square (of which there are many) and it has two bell towers that are painted white and create a striking image against the stone walls and houses of the city. There is also the Gothic Cathedral, Santa Maria Pro which has impressive rib vaults. There are also many towers and palaces which all have different symbols and coats of arms above the doors such as the Casa del Sol which has a sun symbol right above the door.
Overall, with my one day visit I ran around the old town streets, peaked into the main churches, and visited a museum on the area. One day is certainly not enough time to see everything in Cáceres but it was a lovely day trip nonetheless.
The Extremadura region is certainly interesting and I highly recommend it. Seeing the land and the small towns, you get a feel for why so many conquistadores came out of this area. And for those that love to see castles, old fortresses, and medieval towns (as I do!) this is a great area! So hopefully you made it to the end of this blog post and it inspired you to see this remote area of Spain!
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2 – Caceres is a UNESCO World Heritage City.