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  • 1. Ciudad Monumental

    Neighborhood/Street

    Travel back a few centuries in Cáceres's Ciudad Monumental (aka casco antiguo or ciudad vieja ), one of the best-preserved medieval quarters...Read More

  • 2. La Villa

    Historic District/Site

    This is Trujillo's oldest area, enclosed by restored stone walls. Follow them along Calle Almenas, which runs west from the Palacio de Orellana...Read More

  • 3. Monasterio de Yuste

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the heart of La Vera—a region of steep ravines ( gargantas ), rushing rivers, and sleepy villages—lies the Monasterio de San Jerónimo de...Read More

  • 4. Museo de Cáceres

    Museum/Gallery

    The Casa de las Veletas (House of the Weather Vanes) is a 12th-century Moorish mansion that is now used as the city's museum. Filled with...Read More

  • 5. Museo Nacional de Arte Romano

    Museum/Gallery

    Across the street from the entrance to the Roman sites and connected by an underground passageway is Mérida's superb Roman art museum, in a...Read More

  • 6. Parque Natural de Monfragüe

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At the junction of the rivers Tiétar and Tajo, 20 km (12 miles) south of Plasencia on the EX208 and 60 km (37 miles) southwest of La Vera via...Read More

  • 7. Plaza de España

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Mérida's main square adjoins the northwestern corner of the alcazaba and is lively both day and night. The plaza's oldest building is a 16th...Read More

  • 8. Plaza Mayor

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    One of the finest plazas in Spain, this superb Renaissance creation is dominated by a bronze equestrian statue of Francisco Pizarro—the work...Read More

  • 9. Real Monasterio de Santa María de Guadalupe

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Looming in the background of the Plaza Mayor is the late-Gothic facade of Guadalupe's colossal monastery church, flanked by battlement towers...Read More

  • 10. Roman Monuments

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Mérida's Roman teatro (theater) and anfiteatro (amphitheater) are set in a verdant park, and the theater—the best preserved in Spain—seats 6...Read More

  • 11. Alcazaba Árabe

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    To get to this sturdy square fortress, built by the Romans and strengthened by the Visigoths and Moors, continue west from the Museo Nacional...Read More

  • 12. Basílica de Santa Eulalia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally a Visigothic structure, this basilica marks the site of a Roman temple as well as the alleged place where the child martyr Eulalia...Read More

  • 13. Cabezuela del Valle

    Town/Village

    Full of half-timber stone houses, this is one of the valley's best-preserved villages. Follow N110 to Plasencia, or, if you enjoy mountain scenery...Read More

  • 14. Casa del Deán

    Government Building

    This striking Renaissance palace, built by the wealthy Paniagua family in the 17th century, isn't open to the public, but it's worth a stroll...Read More

  • 15. Casa Museo de Pizarro

    Museum/Gallery

    The Pizarro family residence is now a modest museum dedicated to the connection between Spain and Latin America. The first floor emulates a...Read More

  • 16. Castillo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    For spectacular views, climb this large fortress, built by the Moors in the 9th century over old Roman foundations. To the south are silos,...Read More

  • 17. Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Plasencia's cathedral was founded in 1189 and rebuilt after 1320 in an austere Gothic style. In 1498 the great architect Enrique Egas designed...Read More

  • 18. Concatedral de Santa María

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This Gothic church, built mainly in the 16th century, is now the cathedral and the city's most important religious site. The elegantly carved...Read More

  • 19. Hospital de Santa María

    Museum/Gallery

    The Renaissance stone facade of this 14th-century building has carvings of shells—an allusion to the Camino de Santiago. Inside, a charming...Read More

  • 20. Iglesia de Santa María La Mayor

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Attached to a Romanesque bell tower, this Gothic church is the most beautiful in Trujillo. It's only occasionally used for Mass, and its interior...Read More

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