What to see in Cáceres in 1 day
Cáceres is one of the best tourist destinations in Extremadura. If you only have one day to spend there, we will help you make the most of your visit. Its historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a long history and is steeped in legend. Its walls, squares, mansions and winding streets will transport you to another time and the diverse cultures that have inhabited it.
Within the wall, in the Historic Old Town, you will find mansions and palatial homes built by nobles returning from the New World with the enormous fortunes they amassed. As you wander through Cáceres on your one-day getaway, you will easily be able to imagine a medieval market, or even knights designing their family coat-of-arms in their mansions. You may also recognise some of the settings for Game of Thrones, which filmed some of its scenes in Cáceres. But you will definitely have to find the time to try the sumptuous local cuisine. Here is our itinerary to ensure you manage to see the essential sights of Cáceres in just one day.
Itinerary day 1
Plaza Mayor, Caceres’ main square is located just outside the walled historic centre. It is a charming place, surrounded by colonnades and white houses that contrast with the stone wall that acts as a boundary.
Arco de la Estrella
The so-called ‘Star Gate’ is the main point of access to the walled old town. It dates back to the 15th century and is located next to the Torre de Bujaco. Over the arch there is an image of the Virgen de la Estrella (Our Lady of the Star), from which the gate takes its name.
Torre de Bujaco
This tower is easy to find as it rises tall above the surrounding buildings. Today it is an Interpretation Centre that you can visit for the price of a small donation. Climb up to the top for breathtaking views of the city, and walk along a section of the town wall.
12:00 – 12:45
Cáceres Cathedral and the Cathedral Museum are located in Plaza de Santa María. You can visit both, and even go up the bell tower for fantastic 360º views. Just next to cathedral, you will see the Episcopal Palace and Palacio de Hernando de Ovando, both of which date from the 16th century.
Palacio de Carvajal
Walk down Calle de la Amargura, and you will reach Palacio de Carvajal, one of the most important and interesting mansions in Cáceres. It is free to visit, so pop inside for a look at its pretty patio.
Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo
In Plaza de los Golfines, you will find this mansion where the Catholic Monarchs lodged when they visited Cáceres. Its main façade has a central body constructed with ashlars and with two side towers. The upper window is Gothic and under the windowsill you can see the coat-of-arms of the Golfin family, held up by two naked angels.
14.30 - 16:00
Taberna El Rincón
Plaza Mayor boasts many places where you can try the typical cuisine of Extremadura. For example: Taberna El Rincón serves a sought-after regional ale and excellent tapas, and Tapería La Majá, offers a variety of toasted sandwiches made with quality ingredients.
16:30 – 17:15
Museo de Cáceres
In Plaza de las Veletas you will find Cáceres Museum, which houses a surprising Moorish cistern. The museum is located in the old Moorish alcázar called Palacio de las Veletas. The adjacent Palacio de las Cigüeñas has the tallest tower in the city.
Convento de San Pablo
Your next stop is the Convento de San Pablo (Convent of St. Paul) and Iglesia de San Mateo (Church of St. Matthew). Afterwards, head through the San Antonio district to the Old Jewish Quarter. En route you will pass seemingly endless palatial homes and mansions.
Palacio de Godoy
Palacio de Godoy is a stately home built in 1545, and is one of the must-sees on any trip to Cáceres. As with many things in this city, the history of the building is linked to the voyages of discovery to the New World and the conquistadors.
Palacio de Moctezuma
Inside this palace is where you can best see the influences of the New World. The Aztec and Old-World cultures are represented in the frescoes that adorn the walls of the four main rooms.
21:00 - 23:00
Dinner in Restaurante V Centenario
To round off your visit to Cáceres, Barceló V Centenario or Terraza Barbacoa Colón are two perfect choices for dinner. You will find them in Hotel Barceló V Centenario, and both offer delicious dishes and typical local products.