25 Best Things To Do In Cáceres‎, Spain

things to do in Caceres Spain
Alyssandra Raiza
Alyssandra Raiza 

Caceres is a well-preserved UNESCO Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. Home to around 100,000 people, much of the city is built with stone, as it used to be a walled city back in the day. The main mode of transport to and from Caceres is the train, with a station located down south. As most of the roads in the old town are too tight for any car, it is best to travel around on foot. Most of the city landmarks are located near each other, so walking around is easy. There are many things you can discover and enjoy here, and we’ve selected some of the best, just for you! Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Cáceres, Spain.

1. Walk down the Old Town of Cáceres

The Old Town of Cáceres is the highlight of any tour in the city! Founded by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, the town was once a walled area, and you can still see some of these walls. The arches and towers are also part of the city fortifications, including Santa Ana Arch and the Bujaco Tower. The houses within are also made of the same stone, most of them built over three centuries ago. Museums, galleries, and shops highlight the cultural significance of the town, too. In fact, most of the other places on this list are located in the Old Town, so be sure to visit those, too, while you’re here in Cáceres.

Old Town of Cáceres

Website: Cáceres Tourism

2. Catch a glimpse of the imposing Bujaco Tower

Bujaco Tower is a tower with Arabic design origins, with the square base and the sunburned bricks very reminiscent of old Arab towers. The tower’s name is from Caliph Abu Ya'qub, a general whose army conquered Cáceres in 1173. Later on, Ferdinand II of León established the Congregatio de Cáceres in the city, later known as the Order of the Knights of Santiago. This tower served as a base for the Order until they were defeated by a siege. It has also seen service as a clock tower. Today, it serves as home to the Three Cultures Visitor Centre and it is open to the public. You can treat yourself to spectacular views of Cáceres from the top of the tower.

Bujaco Tower

Address: Plaza Mayor, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 2pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 2.78 USD

3. Discover the historical treasures of Palacio De Los Golfines De Abajo

Palacio De Los Golfines is a very extravagant piece of history, built between the 14th and 20th centuries. It served as home to the prominent Golfín family, and it has been very well restored. The house is filled with many historical treasures from the family. Some of these pieces include original 17th-century tapestries and murals, a bust of Alfonso XII, and signed documents from Catholic Monarchs to the Golfín family. There are tours that go through four of the richly decorated lounges, the chapel, and the documents room, offered in four languages: Spanish, English, French or Portuguese.

Palacio De Los Golfines De Abajo

Address: Plaza de los Golfines, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Website: Palacio De Los Golfines De Abajo

Price: 2.78 USD

4. Learn more about Spanish Art and Culture at Cáceres Museum

Cáceres Museum is home to a large collection of archaeological finds and historical treasures, and it is one of the most comprehensive in town. The museum gives you a good glimpse into Spanish history and culture, housed in a focus on the region of Cáceres itself. Seven rooms are dedicated to the archaeological exhibits alone, and the basement is home to the Islamic Cistern, a 12th-century water storage area. The other exhibits show different aspects of life like culture, food, and language. The museum is a Heritage Site, and it is an easy must-visit for any traveler here.

Museo de Cáceres

Address: Plaza de las Veletas, 1, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Website: Museo de Cáceres

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 9:30am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 8pm; Sat: 10am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 8pm; Sun: 10am - 3pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 1.32 USD (free on Sun)

5. Wind down at Príncipe Park

A stroll in this park is a perfect way to spend your afternoon in Caceres, with many trees providing shade and some refuge from the rain. The park is frequented by the locals, who go there during the weekends to jog or just chill out. In the middle of the park, there is a large pond highlighted by a circular fountain, which provides some refreshing cool air to the surroundings. There are also many statues scattered around the park, making it an open-air museum. There is also a botanical garden you can visit near the entrance to the park, as a bonus for your trip here.

Parque del Príncipe

Address: Calle Jose Luis Cotallo, 10001 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)

Price: Free

6. Pay a visit to Santuario de Nuestra Señora la Virgen de la Montaña

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Posted by Real Cofradía de la Santisíma Virgen de la Montaña on Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Santuario is an 18th-century church that serves as a home and is a dedication to Virgin de la Montaña, the patron saint of the city since 1906. The Santuario is located along Sierra de la Mosca, at an elevation of some 600 m (1969 feet) on the hills, which gives you a great view of the city. Inside, you can see the Baroque style shine through, and visible are images of Santa Ana and Cristo de la Salud, by Juan Salvador Carmona. The main altar is elaborately covered in gold and is adorned with sculptures of angels. The centerpiece of this altar is the image of Virgin de la Montaña, which dates back to the 17th century. Outside, you’ll also see a statue of Christ, which overlooks the city.

Santuario de Nuestra Señora la Virgen de la Montaña

Address: Calle Nuestra Señora de la Montaña. Sierra de la Mosca, Cáceres

Opening hours: 9am - 1pm, 4pm - 8pm (daily)

Price: Free

7. Visit the bustling Plaza Mayor

Caceres Spain Plaza Mayor Arco
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Plaza Mayor is easily the busiest and most popular open space right in the heart of Caceres. It is also one of the most significant landmarks here. It is home to many notable historic structures, including Ayutamiento building, La Paz Shrine, and Bujaco Tower. There are restaurants that face the courtyard which you can visit and enjoy some meals in. Activities like concerts and fairs are held in the plaza, so you can join in if you happen to run into one. No trip to the city is complete without you visiting Plaza Mayor.

Plaza Mayor

Address: Plaza Mayor, Caceres, Spain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

8. Shop till you drop at Calle Pintores

Calle Pintores is perhaps the busiest street in Caceres, thanks to all the commercial activity that has been present for centuries. Even today, shops take up every inch of the street across its whole length. Shoes and clothes are some of the most popular items, where all kinds of designs and trends can be found. Restaurants are also plenty, as it crosses into the equally busy Plaza Mayor. Some of these diners you should visit include Chocolat, Adarve, and Restorante Chiara. You’ll want to take your time if you want to get the best items available.

Calle Pintores

Address: Calle Pintores, Caceres, Spain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

9. Dance to the latest tracks at La Traviata

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La Traviata is one of the most popular after-hours hangout spots in Cáceres, and one of the liveliest. Its soft lights and rustic decor give off a more calm atmosphere so you can wind down after a long day. A wide selection of drinks and cocktails are available to suit your tastes. Rum, red wine, white wine, beers: you can mix and match drinks. The music keeps going until the morning, so you can be sure to have lots of fun. Happy hour is on Thursdays, so you have a chance to meet even more people.

La Traviata Cáceres

Address: Calle Sergio Sánchez, 8, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Website: La Traviata Cáceres

Opening hours: 4pm - 4am (daily)

10. View the Romanesque design of Cathedral of Santa Maria

Santa Maria Cathedral is one of the oldest and most imposing structures in Cáceres. Built in the 15th century, the church has a Gothic design and it is surrounded by similarly designed buildings in Plaza Santa Maria. While the stone exterior may have a more subdued design, the interior is very spacious and elaborate, thanks to very high arches and ceilings. The altar and lights shine a bright yellow and illuminate all the stone walls and columns. The statue of Jesus is one of the most significant pieces in the church.

Cathedral of Santa Maria

Address: Plaza Sta. María, 4, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 7pm

Price: 4.45 USD

11. Gaze at Arco de la Estrella

Facing Plaza Mayor above some star steps is the 18th-century Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch); an arch that connects the plaza to the equally impressive Plaza de Santa María. The Arch was built by Manuel de Lara Churriguera, and it was meant for carriages to pass under. It had a predecessor that dates back to the 14th-century, but it was renovated to improve access. At the back of the arch is an image of the eponymous Virgen de la Estrella (Virgin of the Stars), which itself is an impressive piece of art.

Arco de la Estrella

Address: Calle Arco de la Estrella, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

12. Eat to your heart's content at La Minerva

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Posted by La Minerva Cáceres on Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Eat as much as you like here at La Minerva, a concept restaurant aimed at serving some of the most unique dishes in this part of town. Modern furniture and lighting fixtures help give a very urban and chic vibe that younger adults can enjoy. Gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads are just some of the dishes that highlight the menu. Their roast dishes are the prized choice, and they are served in many different ways. You can also choose from their fine selection of red and white wines, beer, and other drinks. Located right at Plaza Mayor, this place is a perfect place for a hearty dinner.

La Minerva

Address: Plaza Mayor 26, 10003 Caceres, Spain

Website: La Minerva

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 1pm - 4pm, 9pm - 11:30pm; Sun: 1pm - 4pm (closed on Mon)

13. Check out the hand paintings at Cave of Maltravieso

The cave walls contain paintings and engravings that date back to the Palaeolithic age, together with some post-Palaeolithic designs. There are many hand-prints, which can be described as an early phase of Palaeolithic art. There are many other symbols present, like lines of dots, finger marks and triangles. Animal figures are also present, including those of cows, birds, and deer. Many scientific entities have studied the area and will tell you that this is a significant place that is worth a visit.

Cave of Maltravieso

Address: Av. de Cervantes, 10005 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 2:30pm (closed on Mon)

Price: Free

14. Catch a glimpse of the past at Museo Arabe

Looking to expand your knowledge of Extremaduran history? You can visit Casa Museo Arabe, a gallery tucked away in the heart of the city. Many of the rooms and exhibits are replicas of rooms that the Arabs would have used in the past. Cutlery, textiles, and decorations are well-maintained and show the colorful history of the town. The staff here is very well informed about the pieces and the history of the Arabs in the region. Overall, the museum is a must-visit on any tour around Cáceres.

Museo Arabe

Address: 4, Cuesta del Marqués, 1, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Website: Casa Museo Arabe

Opening hours: 10:30am - 1:30pm, 4:30pm - 7pm (daily)

Price: 1.67 USD

15. Marvel at the beauty of Plaza de San Jorge

Located just a block off Plaza Mayor, Plaza San Jorge is one of the more hidden gems that this town has to offer. The brick pavement is a reminder of the age of the area. The plaza is the courtyard of the notable San Francisco Javier church, a baroque-style church that is one of the largest in town. A garden is also located beside the plaza. There is a cafe that occupies part of the plaza and it is a great place to have an afternoon snack, all while you wonder at the beauty of the surrounding buildings.

Plaza de San Jorge

Address: Plaza San Jorge, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

16. View the exhibits in Palacio de Toledo-Moctezuma

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One of the largest structures surrounding Plaza Mayor is Palacio de Toledo-Moctezuma, a large stone structure that stands over even the famous Bujaco Tower. The main tower itself is one of the tallest in Cáceres. The palace was built around the 14th century, and it was the house of Isabel de Moctezuma, an Aztec princess who married a captain living in Cáceres. The palace is now home to the municipal archives, and it also houses a gallery that contains photographs, paintings, manuscripts, and more items that reflect the history of the palace and its most notable resident princess.

Palacio de Toledo-Moctezuma

Address: Plaza Conde de Canilleros, 1, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

17. Spend an afternoon at Parque Olivar Chico de los Frailes

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Located just on the city limits, Olivar Chico de los Frailers is a park that spans around 12.5 hectares. It is home to many species of Mediterranean trees, like oaks and olive trees. A pond is also present during the non-summer months, and it serves as home to many seasonal creatures like insects and frogs. There is also a center at one end of the park, for educational events, and a fountain on the other named Funta Barba. The park has many chairs and benches, which make it perfect for an afternoon picnic, some exercise, and relaxing at the end of your day.

Parque Olivar Chico de los Frailes

Address: 10001 Cáceres‎, Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

18. Admire the architecture of Casa de los Solís

Casa de los Solis, or house of the sun, is a Gothic structure that dates back to the 15th century, and it is one of the main historical landmarks in town. The facade is composed of a large arch door and surrounded by stone walls that show much of its age. The family crest is also placed above the door, which resembles the sun whose rays are being eaten by dragons. You won’t be able to enter the house, as it is occupied, but you can still appreciate its construction, along with the rest of the town’s buildings.

Casa de los Solís

Address: Callejon de la Monja Caceres, Caceres, Spain

Price: Free

19. Get a different kind of art experience at Lemon y Coco

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Posted by Lemon y Coco on Monday, 3 December 2018

If you want a different kind of art experience, Lemon y Coco can give you some new media. Exhibits and shows of different art styles are a regular occurrence, and showcase the best of Extremaduran art. They also offer different audio-visual services like editing, remastering, and even restoration of old videos so that you can better preserve your memories. You can also rent out their exhibit space if you want to hold your own workshop or event. There is also a snack bar if you want to have something to eat during your trip.

Lemon y Coco

Address: Plaza Marrón, 6, 10002 Cáceres, Spain

Website: Lemon y Coco

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm; Sat: 11am - 2pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

20. Visit the 15th-century Casa de los Paredes Saavedra

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Casa de los Paredes Saavedra could easily be lost in the maze of streets, but it still stands out from its neighbors. The house was built in the 15th century, and while it was renovated later on, many of the features of the original remain. The facade is covered in the same stone as most of the buildings around, and it has an arch that contains the doorway. Above it is a Gothic-style window, flanked by the crests of the Saavedra and Golfin families. There is also a remnant of a tower in the house. While the house itself is not open to the public, you can always appreciate the exterior which definitely stood out even during its time.

Casa de los Paredes Saavedra

Address: Calle Ancha, 5, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Price: Free

21. Take a photo of the imposing Grass Tower

Torre de la Hierba, or Grass Tower, is an Arab-design tower built as part of a defensive fortress that circled Cáceres. It dates back to the 12th century, when Arab influence was at its highest. Built from adobe and stone, the towers of this type were identified by their square bases and their exterior colors. It is similar in construction to Bujaco Tower mentioned earlier on this list. The tower faces Plaza Mayor, and it is right beside the Ayuntamiento building too. You’ll want to visit all these towers as they are part of Cáceres’ heritage.

Grass Tower

Address: Plaza Mayor, 41, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

22. Stroll around the lake in Parque el Rodeo

things to do in caceres spain | stroll around the lake in parque el rodeo

Rodeo Park in Caceres is the second-largest park in town, with plenty of grassy space and trees on the sides. It covers a handful of hectares on the east side of the city, and it is dominated by the lake in the middle. A jogging path surrounds the lake, providing a cooler area for people to exercise. Children’s play areas and some sports facilities are also located in a nearby lot, if you want more varied activity. You can also just chill on the benches if you want to just take a rest and reflect on your day.

Parque el Rodeo

Address: Av. Pablo Naranjo Porras, 10002 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)

Price: Free

23. Let your kids enjoy the activities at Ludiland Cáceres

Posted by Ludiland Cáceres on Monday, 14 January 2019

While you are away on your vacation, you can leave your kids in the care of the experienced hands of Ludiland staff. Children 0 to 10 years old are welcome here, and you can avail of their full range of activities. Story-telling, teaching, and even free play are some of the things your kids can do here to learn teamwork, social awareness, reading, and much more. Even the food available is made healthy, to help promote good diet choices. All of these activities are made with a child’s development in mind, all while letting them have fun and enjoyment.

Ludiland Cáceres

Address: C/ Las Águilas, 4 Local. Cáceres, Spain

Website: Ludiland Caceres

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

24. Take a photo at Santa Ana Arch

Arco de Santa Ana, or Santa Ana Arch, is a gem hidden among the streets of the town, and it is easily overlooked by many travelers. The arch was built in the 18th century, and like other arches, was a gateway to the walled town. Built by the same brick and mortar that compose most of the towers of the city, it also served as part of the fortifications surrounding Cáceres. At the top of the arch is a statue of the Virgin and Child, which is similar in layout to other arches around the city. You’ll also be able to admire the old houses and walls along the street when you visit this arch.

Santa Ana Arch

Address: Calle Adarve de Sta. Ana, 1, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

25. Have drinks at Capitán Haddock Cáceres

Posted by Capitán Haddock Cáceres on Monday, 22 April 2019

Capitan Haddock Cáceres is one of the hottest late-night hangouts in Cáceres and has been for almost three decades now. The venue itself feels more like a large house, giving parties a more intimate and homey feel. It serves a great variety of coffee and tea if you want something that warms you up during the colder months. Cocktails and beer are plenty here, and you can take your pick.

Capitan Haddock Cáceres

Address: Calle Pizarro, 7, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Website: Capitan Haddock Caceres

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 2:30am; Fri: 5pm - 3am; Sat: 4pm - 3am (closed on Mon)

A place rich in history

Caceres Spain Plaza Mayor Arco
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The beautiful town of Cáceres is still home to many of the structures and fortifications which have stood tall and proud since their construction - even surviving the World Wars! These historical treasures are so well-preserved, in fact, that much of the town is now a UNESCO Heritage Site. This alone makes visiting Cáceres a unique vacation experience, and should definitely give it a place on your travel bucket list!

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