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Childhood Dream Comes True

A June 2002 trip to Caceres by samepenny

storks Photo, Caceres, Spain More Photos
Quote: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Caceres Spain is an intact medieval town. Yet a home to many people, Caceres is how I imagined a walled town to be. A dream come true to spend a night in a 400 year old palace. How could I be so lucky?

Childhood Dream Comes True

Overview

storks Photo, Caceres, Spain
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Don't just make a day trip (and end up there when the town is jammed with visitors). Stay overnight so that you can enjoy both a sunset and a sunrise in a most amazing place. Walk the anciet town. Imagine how families still live behind the high, thick walls. Enjoy the restaurants on the Plaza Major. Have some drinks in the shadow of the castle walls. Quick Tips: Hire a guide who can give you an expert tour of the town and other ancient relics. Well worth your time and money. Stay out in the eveing and enjoy the paseo, the grand parade of local residents and visitors.Best Way To Get Around: Once in town, your feet as your main way of getting around although you can take a tour on ...Read More

Melia Caceres Boutique Hotel

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Hotel | "Melia Caceres"

Melia Caceres Boutique Hotel Photo, Caceres, Spain
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This new hotel is built in the shell of an ancient palace. The exterior looks old, but to my surprise, every item, wall and window was brand new. The rooms vary in size, location and layout. Lots of stairs. Some small parts of ancient walls, ovens, statues have been preserved in a very clever way. Our bedroom had a window that opened onto a small courtyard. No view. Meals and service were excellent. About a 10 minute walk to the entrance of the old town although this hotel backs up to the ancient walls. No parking unless you are lucky on the street. A wonderful experience although I was disappointed that it didn't look older inside (a matter of personal taste for sure). The thick walls...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

Melia Caceres Boutique Hotel
PLAZA DE SAN JUAN 11 13
Caceres, Spain 10003
34-927-215800

Hotel Melia Caceres

Restaurant

Hotel Melia Caceres Photo, Caceres, Spain
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Within two long, narrow rooms, ancient cellars in the old palace, two fine dining rooms have been built. The food is the fine, fresh Spanish style food we experienced in many places. Very heavy on vegetables, fresh fruits and seafood. Bread is 5 minutes out of the oven. Wine selections were also excellent. My husband's favorite, 'Marquis de Caceres, 1998, rioja' (red wine).

Dinner is an event and takes a long time, perhaps 3 hours. Don't even think of sitting down at a table before 9pm. We started with cocktails upstairs at about 8pm and arrived in the dining room in very good spirits. A very classic restaurant with a superb wine list. Wonderful!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

Hotel Melia Caceres
Plaza de San Juan, 11
Caceres, Spain
927-215-800

Old Town of Caceres

Attraction | "Caceres Unesco Ancient Town"

Old Town of Caceres Photo, Caceres, Spain
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Caceres is the capital of the Extremadora province of Spain. Known as the home of most of the famous Spanish explorers of the new world, the town gathered in much of the gold that came to Spain. The high walls and all of the significant buildings are made of local stone. Hundreds of people still live in the old town, managing their lives around hoards of tourists, religious festivals and really old houses (most built on the courtyard or patio plan.) I walked the old town after the tour buses had departed. Wonderful, lonely, dark, spooky and curious. Scared my hubby as he felt often that we were walking streets that edfed on dangerous. (I don't think so). Allow plenty of time. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

Old Town of Caceres
City Center
Caceres, Spain

Caceres Tour Train

Attraction

Caceres Tour Train Photo, Caceres, Spain
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Although the commentary was in Spanish and French, the train visits the area of town outside the walls. It's likely these are areas you would not find on your own. (Or you would give out in the heat before you properly explored them.)

Starts and ends in front of restaurants and bars that have plenty of cold drinks and tasty food.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

Caceres Tour Train
Plaza de Major
Caceres, Spain

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West, Texas

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