Cáceres route, National Park of Monfragüe and La Vera

A captivating journey through the historical and natural heritage of the lands of Extremadura with base camps in Cáceres, Plasencia and Jarandilla

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
We begin this journey around Cáceres in the capital city, a truly dreamy location. When you arrive in Cáceres, with beautiful storks flying over, you will get a feeling of an inimitable city. A unique architectural and urban space that forms one of the most important monumental complexes of the Medieval and Renaissance periods in the world. Wherever you are headed in this maze of cobblestone streets, you will find fortress-houses, churches, palaces or Roman and Arab walls. It will be just a matter of time before you find yourself amazed in the Plaza de Santa María, surrounded by Renaissance palaces, or discover jewels such as the Moorish cistern in the Province Museum. You should head to the Bujaco Tower, home to the Centre of Interpretation of the Three Cultures, the old Jewish neighbourhood and of course, the Concatedral de Santa María. Named the “happy city”, Cáceres has a reputation for its great night-life, people hang out quite often and the atmosphere is amazing. And on top of this, many venues offer free tapas.
Day 2
Our next stop is Plasencia, located at the end of the fertile Valle del Jerte. This strategic enclave in the Silver Route is a true gift. You will discover remains of the medieval walls, its turrets (there are still 21 of the original 71) and its doors, such as the one of the Sun or the shutter of Santa María. You will stroll through the Plaza Mayor, a major hub of the busy life of the city. In the Town Hall tower, you will find the Abuelo Mayorga, a figure built in the 13th century and one of the symbols of the city. Besides, you will encounter one of the most representative monumental complexes of the region, formed by the Romanesque Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral, with Gothic and Renaissance elements, whose surroundings offer stunning spots. The medieval aqueduct of San Antón, the Bishop's Palace, the Palaces of the Marquesses of Mirabel, Carvajal-Girón, Las Torres and the convent of San Vicente Ferrer are further areas of particular interest in the city. Just over 20 km away, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the National Park of Monfragüe and its Biosphere Reserve with a natural and landscape heritage of undeniable value. This space is crossed by the Tagus and Tiétar rivers and constitutes one of the most representative and best-preserved areas of Mediterranean forest and scrub. Imperial eagles, black vultures, peregrine falcons, eagle-owls, black storks and big colonies of griffon vultures can all be found in this wonderful place, among many other species. Plasencia is also an excellent starting point to discover the Hurdes, the Sierra de Gata or the Valle del Jerte, with its wonderful springtime, when the cherry blossoms paint the valley in bright white.
Day 3
Heading east, we enter the La Vera region and its particular microclimate. The Parador de Jarandilla, of unparalleled monumentality and beauty, is a very special starting point to discover places such as the Monastery of Yuste, where the Emperor Charles V spent his final days. If you are a nature lover, you can enjoy wonderful places such as the Garganta del Jaranda or the Garganta de la Olla, with its natural pools where you can have a swim during the summer, or nearby villages, including Valverde and Villanueva. Dedicated food lovers can’t leave without trying the Torta del Casar cheese, probably the best cheese in the world, some good pata negra bellota ham and buying the “red gold” of the region: the precious paprika.