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  • Day862

    Cáceres & Trujillo

    October 15, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    When we last visited Cáceres in 2018, the weather was so bad that our planned 3-day stay turned into one as we left to find better weather. This time, the sun was shining which made for some exploring.

    The municipal campsite where we stayed is quite unique in that every pitch has it's own bathroom with individual boilers, so plenty of hot water on demand.

    The 'Cuidad Monumental' (Monumental City) in the centre of Cáceres was founded by the Romans in 34 BC. In the 12th century, defensive walls and towers were built over the Roman foundations. Like everywhere else in these parts, first the Visigoths ruled, then the Arabs, and Christians then followed with King Alfonso IX of León incorporating the city into his kingdom. Wealth brought back from the Americas enabled the city to build impressive churches and palaces. Also brought back from the Americas, as a conquistadors wife, was Isabel Moctezuma, daughter of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma II. What she must have thought of all this is anyone's guess. Also, we've noticed that the name 'Isabel' became very popular during this period, Queen Isabel was obviously very popular or very powerful!

    Few people actually live here now, though the modern-day town that surrounds it is home to around 96,000 people, and to wander around it feels like taking a step back in time with narrow, cobbled streets that twist and climb, and grand buildings decorated with gargoyles, spires and turrets that remain unchanged since the 16th century, worthy of its UNESCO accreditation.

    The historic town of Trujillo is also recognised as one of Spain's 'Most Beautiful Towns' and now we know why. Some 30 miles from Cáceres, our bike journey took us across golden dry plains, the only inhabitants seemed to be cattle and sheep, but there, in the middle of nowhere, high on a hill, was the medieval town of Trujillo.

    The beautiful and atmospheric Plaza Major, surrounded by baroque and Renaissance buildings, is a stunner with a large bronze equestrian statue of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro taking centre stage. We sat in one of the pretty restaurants overlooking the square marveling at the views in front of us. We were also marvelling at what Chris chose for lunch - scrambled eggs with prawns and gulas. I had no idea what 'gulas' were but Chris said had a pretty good idea. Traditionally, 'angulas' are baby eels or elvers, eaten when they are 2-3 years old, just a couple of inches long. However, over-fishing has meant that the price compares with caviar today. Hence, what we see in restaurants and supermarkets are imitations made of compressed fish but which definitely look like the real thing. Thank goodness, or maybe not.

    From the 600m high 10th century castle of Islamic origin, we had fantastic panoramic views as we patrolled the battlements before we climbed into the Chapel of Our Lady of the Victory, the towns patron saint, where a 50 cent coin would see her spin on her stand - we didn't.

    After all the churches, basilica and museums that we have visited recently, it was just nice to wander around these two atmospheric towns and enjoy the peacefulness.
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  • Day29


    October 15, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Vivieron acá los romanos en la época de la República, luego los árabes por unos mil años y luego los católicos desde el 1200 d.c. Por lo que el casco viejo tiene influencias diversas en la construcción de sus muros, torres y edificios.

    Salimos con Juliana que nos hizo una visita guiada por el casco viejo, una pequeña ciudad amurallada dentro de lo que hoy es la Cáceres moderna.

    La ciudad amurallada es patrimonio de la humanidad, por lo que no es posible construir algo moderno en su interior y por lo mismo es una de las ciudades medievales mejor conservadas. Esto ha servido para filmar varias escenas en películas como Romeo y Julieta, o Juego de Tronos.

    Las calles son angostas, de piedra y en su interior hay tabernas, bares, hoteles y un palacio episcopal. Tiene varias puertas, pero destaca la de la Estrella, más espaciosa para carruajes mayores, y según se cuenta la más ruidosa de las ciudad.
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  • Day29

    Enjoying Caceres

    May 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    First guy to leave the Albergue left at 5. The remaining 6 of us started moving around at 6:20 or so. By the time I left the Albergue it was pretty light, another beautiful day (though the forecast shows some rain in the next few days).

    The 24 km were almost all off asphalt. Even though the Camino essentially hugged the national highway, there were very few cars on it because of the autovía (divided highway) being so close. There were tons of cyclists, some on the road, some on the Camino. I think every single one I saw was male. This is the way it always seems to be here, not sure why.

    I got a room in a small hotel and after the obligatory post-walking routine had a couple of hours to wander the old city, which is just beautiful. Lots of 15 and 16 C buildings. I made it to the museum finally (this is probably my fourth or fifth time here) and saw the Moorish aljibe (cistern).

    I only have eight days left to walk and I think I will reach Salamanca.
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  • Day10


    May 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nach anfänglichen Motivationsproblemen heute Morgen lief es heute echt gut. Wir kamen durch drei Dörfer, wovon zwei sogar eine Bar hatten und ich was zu essen kriegte. Ein Supermarkt war dann aber schon zu viel verlangt. Heute lief ich eigentlich grösstenteils alleine, habe mich aber mit Louis in einer Herberge in Caceres verabredet, was die nächste grössere Stadt auf der Liste ist.
    36 km standen heute auf dem Plan. Eigentlich eine mittlerweile schon fast durchschnittliche Distanz, da wir in den letzten drei Tagen 117 km gemacht haben.
    Kurz vor der Ankunft in der Stadt fing mein linker Fuss ziemlich übel an zu schmerzen. Es ist die Oberseite des Fusses, vermutlich eine Sehne. Zusätzlich habe ich mir meine Hüfte durch meinen Hüftgurt aufgerieben und muss mir da jetzt ein Blasenpflaster aufkleben. Es ist ja nicht so, als ob ich diesen Rucksack bereits seit 2.5 Monaten täglich mit mir rumschleppe. Wahrscheinlich muss ich einfach ein bisschen runterschrauben. Jetzt wo ich Gefallen gefunden habe an den langen Distanzen.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cáceres, Caceres, قصرش, Горад Касерэс, Càceres, Κάθερες, Caçris, کاسرس, קסרס, काकेरेस, QUQ, カセレス, კასერესი, 카세레스, Norba Caesarina, Kaseresas, Kaseresa, Cáceres i Spania, ਕਾਥੇਰੇਸ, کاکیریس، سپین, 10001, Касерес, กาเซเรส, کاسیریس، ہسپانیہ, 卡塞雷斯, 卡沙利斯

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