Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear

Cáceres

You would not expect a museum dedicated to modern art, with an impressive collection, in the historical centre of Cáceres, but there is. Beautiful building and often a surprising (but ever changing) exhibition. Free entry. Give it a try.

See pictures

Monfragüe National Park

Not only for bird(er)s

The Monfragüe National park is Paradise for birdwatchers, but even if you are not so keen on spotting birds or other wildlife, it is a nice area for a walk. There are three routes, but only (the green) one is circular. Once there you can see the vultures on their heads or almost grab them (before they grab you) from the 'hermita' or castle. 45 minutes by car along a sometimes winding and sometimes extremely straight, but ever beautiful road.

See pictures

Santa María la Mayor

A pocket size basilica

The most important church in the upper town of Trujillo (so not the one on the Plaza Mayor, which is called San Martín) for over 700 years. It is very well-preserved and the Gothic reredos is fascinating. There are two towers that you can climb for great views over the town, although the stairs up are steep and te steps not even, so you need to take care.

See pictures

Museo Vostell and Los Barruecos

One of our favourites | 15 minutes from Cáceres

It is merely the combination of the beauty of the old factory where they used to wash the wool, the stunning surroundings with the artificial lake for the factories water supply, the impressive rock formations on the other side and the art inside the factory, merely from the 60's and beyond, once the atelier of Wolf and Mercedes Vostell, now Museum Vostell. There is a very good restaurant on site, where you can lunch after the museum visit, or after your walk around the lake.

See pictures

Mérida

Roman theatre, amphitheatre, museum and above all... the bridge

Mérida is a 50 minutes drive from Trujillo and really worth a visit. Merida itself is not the most beautiful city, to put it mildly, but the Roman remains are really impressive. The museum is a special building on its own and has a surprising exhibition. Our favourite is the bridge, which goes on forever.

See pictures

Cáceres

Middeleeuws centrum, boomrijke winkelboulevard

Cáceres is een Werelderfgoed, met een prachtig oud centrum met adobe paleizen, maar het heeft ook een mooie groene en schaduwrijke esplanade omringd door winkels. Het is binnen een half uur te bereiken langs een van de rustigste snelwegen van Europa, en je kunt vlakbij de Plaza Mayor parkeren in Parking Obispo Galarza. Als u geen zin heeft om de volgende een dag dezelfde weg terug te gaan, is Cáceres gemakkelijk combineren met een bezoek aan Museo Vostell en Los Barruecos.

See pictures

Guadalupe

A black madonna in a beautiful monastery

Guadalupe is an amazing village, dominated by a huge church and monastery. If you are not over religious you can still enjoy the beauty of it all, an if you don't feel like taking the tour in Spanish (sorry, no other options offered) we can tell you how to sneak in without, but you will not be able to 'kiss' the virgin, well, a hand mirror. The city itself suffers slightly from tourism, but a bit further away from the church there are very nice streets and fountains to be found and the architecture is completely different from the one in Trujillo.

See pictures

On the other side of the border

Marvão and Castelo de Vide

It is probably too far for a one day trip, although many people do so, but then you can include these two beautiful spots just on the other side of the border on your way to Portugal, or to O Facho guesthouse. The trip itself is a scenery one and if you are  in Roman sites, in between the two you'll find Ammaia. Marvão is a bit of an open air museum, but on a spectacular cliff. Castelo de Vide es less impressive, but a lot more lively and therefore much nicer to have your lunch.

See pictures

And, of course, Trujillo itself…

We almost forgot...

One of the reasons to stay in Trujillo is, of course, Trujillo. As said, it is a gem that conserves its medieval ambiance in the upper part, but at the same time it is lively enough in the lower part. You can spend hours, or even days, walking through its streets, where cars can hardly (but unfortunately do) pass. Or you can enjoy one of the most beautiful main squares in Spain.

See pictures