Caceres is a small city located in the Spanish region of Extremadura, right where the Ruta de la Plata (that crosses the country from North to South) and the Madrid – Lisbon highway cross. Every year, about 15000 tourist and students are to be added to the current population of about 90000 inhabitants; they enjoy visiting the beautiful historic centre, which was listed as World Heritage by the UNESCO.
There are lots of things you can do in Caceres. You could start your visit in Plaza Mayor, the main entrance door to the city, where students normally meet. In the surrounding area, there are some Arab and Roman remainings and also many bars and restaurants; from here you can easily get to Santa Maria square, where the cathedral is situated (from its tower you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city). Many other churches and squares decorate the city, which gives it a medieval atmosphere tourists from all over the world appreciate: San Mateo square, with an Arab cistern and a small convent where nuns prepare delicious sweets; San Juan square, with a lot of restaurants and cafés; and San Jorge square, with a Jesuit residence built in the XVIII century.
Having a walk through Caceres is a real pleasure, because there are small treasures almost everywhere: arches, squares, medieval buildings, all located in a quiet but at the same time animated historic centre. Here students and tourists meet in one of the many restaurants and cafés that offer typical dishes prepared with local products. Having a walk at night could be a unique experience, because lights are placed in order to give a different perspective of the buildings, and the peace you can breath adds to the beauty of the city. Many international titles recognise the beauty of Caceres, including the one given by UNESCO and the one given by the International Federation of journalists and writers.
Many small villages, castles, monasteries, archaeological sites and natural areas surround Caceres. Among these we suggest you visit Guadalupe, Trujillo and Merida (World Heritage) and La Vera, in whose villages you can enjoy the traditional peasant life and taste delicious dried figs, the main ingredient of many sweets.
The best airports to get to Caceres are Madrid Barajas (about two and a half hours) and Seville (about 270 km). From here you can take the train (www.renfe.com) or Alsa buses (www.alsa.es), that connect these two cities to Caceres with regular services during the week. The bust station is located a few minutes away from the city centre (if you come by car, you should park just outside the city, because cars are not allowed in the historic centre, except for residents).