Do you feel adventurous enough to travel to the land of Iberic Ham and explore two historic cities that will amaze you? Then you have to come to Extremadura and visit Cáceres and Mérida, two cities filled with history that will take you back in time and in which you fill find stunning Paradores Hotels.
As an incredibly historic and authentic city, Cáceres old quarter has been declared World Heritage Site. Only by entering the city walls through the Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch) you will already feel like taken back in time to the middle ages. Being the capital of the region of Extremadura, Cáceres is always live, fun and a great place to visit given all the monuments and interesting places to see that you will find throughout the streets.
In a mix of old and modern, this city offers many options of historic and cultural tourism that will make you want to stay here for as long as it takes to enjoy it all. The elegant Parador de Cáceres, housed in a Renaissance palace in the heart of the city´s old quarter is the perfect place from where to explore the history and the streets of Cáceres. Be sure to visit the ruins of Old Cáceres, the Arab Walls, the Santa María Square and the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe.
At the end of the day, head to the Parador de Cáceres and enjoy an exquisite meal and relaxation at the garden and the comfortable and elegant rooms. You deserve it after all the tourism.
Mérida, or also known as the Spanish Rome should definitely not be missed. Within the walls of this city you will find many monuments and interesting places that have been growing with the city through the pass of the years. Puerta de la Villa, Templo de Diana, Concatedral de Santa María, Arco de Trajano and Plaza de España are some of the mandatory spots while exploring Mérida.
As the Spanish Rome, in Mérida you will find many buildings that were dedicated to shows, influenced by the architecture and style of the Roman Empire. The Roman theatre, the amphiteatre, the Casa del Anfiteatro and the Casa del Teatro are the main stops to get to know the roman essence of this city. Besides, don’t miss the visit to the National Museum of Roman Art in which you will find a large collection of roman sculpture and pieces of mosaic and will discover how the Roman cities worked by in the day.
Lucky for you, there is a magnificent Parador located in the heart of the city and that is the Parador de Mérida. This hotel, housed in a former 18th-century convent is the perfect combination of authenticity, comfort and luxury and the perfect place from which to explore the historic but contemporary city of Mérida.
Don´t wait any longer and head out to Extremadura. The Paradores at Cáceres and Mérida will be more than happy to welcome you in these 2 historic cities and to provide you with the best services and comfort you after all the tourism, which we all know, can be really tiring but definitely worth it.