More than ten towers dominate the historic quarter of Caceres, delimited by Arab walls. Cobbled streets marked by medieval, fortified homes and Renaissance palaces make up the most beautiful sceneries in this city, which was declared World Heritage.The local history is closely related to one the historic, peninsular routes: “Vía de la Plata” (the Silver Route), a Roman road that linked Seville and Astorga, used by the pilgrims who were headed to Santiago de Compostela. Pork products and shepherd recipes are the fundamental elements of the rich culinary tradition of this region, the dishes should be served with some of the excellent wines from Caceres.
The city of Cáceres was founded by the Romans in 34 B.C., when it received the name of Norba Caesarina. However it was not until the arrival of the Arabs in the 12th century when the city underwent its period of maximum splendour. A century later, the city passed into Christian hands upon its reconquest by Alfonso IX of León. In the 15th century, Isabella I brought an end to the continuous power struggles between the local nobles by ordering the tops of the towers of their respective house-fortresses to be cut off. Thereafter the city experienced an economic boom, mainly brought about by its active role in the discovery of America. The walled city of Cáceres dates mostly from Almohad times and still contains numerous mediaeval defensive elements such as the Bujaco, Yerba or Hierba, and Horno towers, built in the 12th century.
FOOD AND DRINK :
Game and fish form the basis of a simple cuisine, with many more recent recipes originating in the monasteries. Try the “frite”, the stews, “migas” with bacon, and do not miss out the Montanchez sausages.
DO NOT MISS :
- The Towers of the city walls.
- San Mateo Church.
- La Casa de las Cigüeñas.
- The Jewish Quarter
And away from the city:
- Guadalupe Monastery.
- The monumental village of Trujillo.
- Yuste Monastery ( Last residence of King Carlos V )
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