Caceres was our second overnight destination on our long-weekend in Extremadura. Our AirBnB was situated just outside of the historic pedestrian-only center. While a nice place, with easy parking and wide streets we appreciated, I was a bit cautious upon arriving. This modern, somewhat unattractive city did not seem the medieval treasure I had heard mentioned. But after a couple of short turns on foot, the streets opened up to a massive square, surrounded by restaurants and stone structures. From that moment on, I always had a bit of a feeling of being in Italy. There were narrow cobblestone streets and large palaces and stone churches. Dennis and I took turns wandering through the streets after bed on Saturday night. I followed the sound of live ‘80s hair band music to guide me through the streets, passing the crowded bar before stumbling upon a fancy car waiting for a wedding party to exit the impressive church. The sun was shining and the atmosphere was just perfect.
As a parent, I will also say we found ice cream and churros easy to find, and a nice playground sat under the shade of trees just before entering the heart of the city. While it wasn’t our favorite stop on the trip, it was everything we hoped it would be. It just didn’t compare with our next day trip.