One Day in Cáceres Itinerary: Highlights and What to See


Our next stop on the Ruta de la Plata: Cáceres! As we wandered through its streets, we found ourselves in the middle of a medieval fair happening downtown. The old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was filled with energy as locals and tourists alike enjoyed the historic buildings and the fair’s festive atmosphere.

During our visit, we discovered some great spots that really showcase the charm of Cáceres. We’re excited to share these with you in this article. Have you ever visited Cáceres? Share your stories and tips in the comments.

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The History of Cáceres

Cáceres has a fascinating history that stretches back to prehistoric times. It became an important spot during the Roman era, and you can still see ancient walls around the city. Later, it was shaped by Moors and Christians, who left behind a mix of architectural styles, from Islamic to Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance.

The heart of Cáceres, known as the Ciudad Monumental, is surrounded by medieval walls and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 because of its beautifully preserved towers, palaces, and fortresses. The city’s history is not only seen in its buildings but also celebrated in local festivals that bring the past to life, making Cáceres a great place to visit.

Must-See Attractions in Cáceres

Let’s first take a closer look at the highlights of Cáceres that captured our hearts during our visit. From peaceful plazas to impressive architectural sites, we’ve compiled a list of places you shouldn’t miss when visiting this city.

Church of San Francisco Javier

The Church of San Francisco Javier is located in Plaza de San Jorge, a small plaza that can get quite crowded as the day goes on. This church is an important historical site, attracting many visitors interested in its beautiful architecture and history.

We got there early in the morning, enjoying a quieter time and even making a new friend—a friendly cat hanging around the area. As more people arrived, the plaza filled up quickly with tour groups and visitors.

Lush green garden next to the Church of San Francisco Javier in Cáceres, named Jardín 'Cristina de Ulloa', offering a tranquil escape within the city.

There’s also a small garden next to the church where you can escape the crowd for a bit and enjoy some peace. If you’re thinking of visiting, coming early is a good idea to beat the rush. Who knows, maybe you’ll see our feline friend as well!

Discover Plaza Mayor and the Old Town

The bustling Plaza Mayor in the heart of Cáceres' old town, where the city's history and today's lively moments meet.

During our visit to Cáceres in early April, the Plaza Mayor hosted a Medieval Fair. This square is typically quieter, offering a peaceful atmosphere. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy the surrounding historic architecture.

You can also find the local tourist office and the iconic ‘Cáceres’ letters here. The square has several terraces where you can grab a bite or enjoy a coffee while taking in the view.

The Torre de Bujaco

Right next to the main stairs of Plaza Mayor, you’ll find the Torre de Bujaco. This tower gives you a chance to walk along the old city walls and climb up for a great view over the square.

Just a heads up, the stairs are quite narrow and steep, so watch your head! You can also cross an arch from inside the walls, which will lead you to some old ruins and water basins of the old city.

If you’re planning to visit, there’s a smart way to buy tickets: we got ours at Baluarte de los Pozos. You can choose to visit just the Baluarte for €2.50 or add on the Torre de Bujaco for an extra €0.50 per person.

If you go straight to Torre de Bujaco, it’s €2.50 to enter. We visited in early April when summer hours had already started, so it was open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. 

Winter schedule opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

And as a fun little bonus during our visit, we made another feline friend right by the tower!

Walk Through Arco de la Estrella

The majestic Arco de la Estrella framing our path as we enter the main square of Cáceres, a gateway to more discoveries.

The Arco de la Estrella is one of the main gateways into Cáceres’ old town, right off Plaza Mayor. This arch isn’t just for show; it was actually designed with a curved shape to make it easier for carriages to pass through back in the day. 

The arch is named after the Virgin of the Star (Virgen de la Estrella). 

Visit Palacio de Carvajal

The Palacio de Carvajal offers free entry and is a noteworthy stop in Cáceres. While it’s not a large palace, its charm is evident, particularly in the well-kept garden and the beautiful patio that visitors can view. Unfortunately, the rest of the palace was closed to the public during our visit, so we were limited to these areas.

Cáceres Museum

The Cáceres Museum offers free admission and is a great place to learn about the area’s history and culture. The museum has a wide range of exhibits, including Roman artifacts, Moorish ceramics, Renaissance art, and traditional crafts from Extremadura.

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • The museum is closed on Mondays and some holidays.
The ancient water basin inside the Caceres Museum, a historic site once crucial for storing water for the city’s residents

In the museum’s patio, you’ll find stairs leading downstairs to additional exhibitions and a serene water basin. This lower area offers a quiet retreat where you can enjoy more of the museum’s offerings. This part of the museum is a must-see.

Explore Casa-Museo Árabe Yusuf Al-Burch

The Casa-Museo Árabe Yusuf Al-Burch is a cozy little museum that dives into the Arabic influence on the city. It’s incredibly affordable, costing just 1 euro per person to get in.

It’s not a big place, but it’s packed with history. Housed in a building from the 12th century, it has a few rooms displaying various artifacts that highlight how Arabic culture has left its mark here. 

The woman who welcomes you at the museum is really friendly and happy to chat about the exhibits and answer questions. One cool spot to check out is the room downstairs—it used to be an Arabic sauna. Visiting gives you a clear glimpse into what daily life might have looked like centuries ago.

Baluarte de los Pozos

Panoramic view from atop the Baluarte de los Pozos, part of the old Jewish quarter in Cáceres, highlighting the medieval fortifications that once protected the city.

Located in the old Jewish quarter of Cáceres, Baluarte de los Pozos offers a glimpse into the city’s medieval defenses. You can climb up to the tower for beautiful views and see where the old water wells, crucial during Arab times, were positioned to protect the city’s water from being poisoned during conflicts with Christians.

On the second floor, inside, there are models not just of this building but also of other significant structures around the city, like the Church of San Francisco Javier. This helps visitors understand the historical architecture and layout of Cáceres.

The staff here is very friendly and knowledgeable, ready to answer any questions you might have about the site’s history.

Our One-Day Itinerary in Cáceres

After a few fantastic days exploring Cáceres, we’ve put together the perfect one-day itinerary for you. We’ve included all the must-see spots, plus a couple of secret places we stumbled upon ourselves!

This plan is great for anyone wanting to see the best of Cáceres, whether you love history, architecture, or just hanging out where the locals do.

Morning Coffee at Café Con Leche

If you’re up with the sun like us, dive right into the Spanish culture by starting your day at a local coffee bar. We love Café Bar Zepplin—it’s our go-to spot!

There’s something really fascinating about how the Spanish take time to enjoy a coffee and chat in the morning before the day starts. It’s not just about the caffeine; it’s about connecting with friends and even making new ones. So why not join in?

Grab a café con leche, enjoy the busy scene, and feel like a local. Let’s kick off our day in Cáceres with great vibes and even better coffee!

Start at Plaza de Santa Clara

The serene Convent of Santa Clara located in the quiet Plaza de Santa Clara in Cáceres, a peaceful retreat within the bustling city.

Starting at Plaza de Santa Clara, you’re right next to the Convent of Santa Clara, the area around the convent doesn’t seem to get too busy, which makes it a nice quiet spot to start our exploration.

Then, just a short walk away, you’ll find the Puerta de Mérida, one of the historical gates of Cáceres, part of the old city walls that have protected the city for centuries.

The Casa de los Sánchez Paredes is just nearby, showcasing beautiful Renaissance architecture.

Explore Plaza de San Mateo

Entrance to Parador de Cáceres located in a quaint alley, marked by three flags fluttering above the doorway, welcoming visitors into the charm of Cáceres.

As you continue towards Plaza de San Mateo, right next to the Parador de Cáceres, you’ll come across Callejón de Doña Lola.

Just a heads up, this charming little alley is now closed off with a small metal gate. Even though you can’t walk through it, it’s still worth a peek over the gate.

Front view of Iglesia de San Mateo at Plaza de San Mateo in Cáceres, under a bright morning sky with the sun casting shadows along the historic walls.

At Plaza de San Mateo, the Iglesia de San Mateo stands out with its mix of Gothic and Renaissance designs. 

Casa del Sol o de Solis in Cáceres, captured under a partly sunny sky with shadows from neighboring buildings adding contrast to the facade.

Right around the square, you also have the Orden de Hermanas Clarisas and the Casa del Sol o de Solís. Each building has its unique style that shows you a bit of the area’s history.

Don’t forget to check out the tower at the Casa del Águila o de los Sande. When the climbing plants on it are green, they make the old stone look even more amazing. It’s a great spot for taking pictures and just enjoying the view.

Visit Museum Cáceres

Just around the corner, before you reach the museum, you’ll find the impressive Palacio de los Cáceres-Ovando, which includes the Torre De Las Cigüeñas. Known for its robust military architecture, the tower is a highlight of the palace complex.  Nearby, you can also find the quiet Convento de San Pablo.

Exhibits inside the Caceres Museum displaying the rich history and culture of Cáceres, providing insights into the city's heritage

As mentioned above, the Cáceres Museum is definitely worth a visit. It has lots of exhibits showing the history and culture of the area. One of our favorite parts is the dramatic water basin, it’s really eye-catching and adds a calm feel to the place.

Explore the Old Jewish Quarter

A scenic street in the Old Jewish Quarter of Cáceres near Baluarte de los Pozos, with whitewashed houses and birds flying in the blue sky.

After your visit to the museum, head over to the Old Jewish Quarter of Cáceres and explore the historical Baluarte de los Pozos.

Here, you can admire this integral part of the city’s ancient defenses and also purchase tickets for the Torre de Bujaco.

Just a short walk from the Baluarte, you’ll also find a peaceful little church, the Ermita de San Antonio.

Visit the Casa-Museo Árabe Yusuf Al-Burch

Next, visit the Casa-Museo Árabe Yusuf Al-Burch, and don’t miss the former Arabic sauna on the lower floor!!

Walk to Plaza de San Jorge

As you head up the street from the museum, you’ll find yourself at Plaza de San Jorge. This area features the Jardín ‘Cristina de Ulloa’ and the beautiful Iglesia de San Francisco Javier

Explore the Plaza de Santa Maria Maior

When you visit Plaza de Santa María, you’ll find the Concatedral de Santa María de Cáceres, known for its impressive Gothic style. Right outside there’s the Monumento a San Pedro de Alcántara, which honors one of Spain’s notable saints.

Around the square, you’ll also find the Palácio dos Golfines de Abajo (Tatiana Foundation), and the elegant Palacio de Mayoralgo. Not too far away are the Palacio Episcopal de Cáceres and Palacio de Ovando.

Lunch at Plaza Mayor

Street sign for Arco de la Estrella in Cáceres, the renowned arch leading to the main square, marking a key entry point into the historic city center.

After all this exploring, it’s definitely time to grab something to eat! As you head towards Plaza Mayor, make sure to pass through the Arco de la Estrella.

Miga Restaurante near Arco de la Estrella in Cáceres, with white umbrellas shading guests enjoying drinks on the terrace, overlooking the stairs descending to the square.

For lunch with a fantastic view, we recommend F, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some delicious food while taking in the atmosphere of the square. It’s a great way to recharge before you dive back into exploring Cáceres.

Explore Plaza Mayor

While the Torre de Bujaco is closed until 5:30 PM (summer schedule), let’s first explore the rest of Plaza Mayor and see what else Cáceres has to offer.

Check out the Torre de la Yerba, then walk along the Adarve Sta. Ana, to enjoy stunning views of the city’s walls, and the Torre del Horno. Walking back in a loop, you’ll find the Cáceres City Hall

Time for Ice Cream

Time for some ice cream! After exploring, treat yourself at Remo: helados italianos 100% artesanales. We stopped here and loved it—they have options without sugar, using stevia instead. We tried the chocolate and coffee flavors, and they were delicious! 

Discover Plaza San Juan and Plaza Dr Durán

While enjoying your ice cream, take a short walk to explore Plaza de San Juan and Plaza Dr. Durán. We really liked these plazas—they have a great vibe and are perfect for experiencing the local atmosphere. Don’t miss the Iglesia San Juan Bautista, a beautiful church that adds to the charm of the area.

Streets of Caceres and the Palacio de Carvajal

Timon van Basten standing in front of the historical Palacio de los Golfines de Arriba in Cáceres, a key architectural landmark.

After enjoying your ice cream, make your way to the Palacio de los Golfines de Arriba, just a two-minute walk from Plaza San Juan. Nearby, explore the Casa Mudéjar de la Cuesta de Aldana and the Casa Palacio de Aldana, both of which showcase the unique Mudéjar style.

Timon van Basten at Casa del Mono o de los Cáceres-Nidos in Cáceres, capturing the scene next to a large arched entrance, with the street sign visible above.

Next, visit the Casa del Mono o de los Cáceres-Nidos to uncover its fascinating history, and conclude your walk at the impressive Palacio de Carvajal and its adjacent Torre de Carvajal.

Ending the Day at Torre de Bujaco

By now, Torre de Bujaco should be open, so make your way back to Plaza Mayor. As you cross through the Arco de la Estrella, the entrance to the tower is just on the right.

Enjoy the scenic walk along the wall and take in the views. Along your walk on the wall, you’ll also have access to the Roman Ruins of the Mayoralgo Palace.

Watch your head as you climb up the narrow staircase of the tower—it’s a bit of a squeeze but well worth it for the panoramic views at the top! 

Evening Reflections in Your Favorite Plaza

For us, the perfect way to wrap up a day in Cáceres is at Plaza San Juan, especially with a meal at Tapería Yuste. This charming tapas bar serves up delicious local dishes in a cozy setting. It’s a great spot for relaxing and enjoying the vibes of the plaza. We think you’ll love it just as much as we do!

Visiting Cáceres in one day

As we conclude our one-day itinerary of Cáceres, remember that each of these places has plenty to offer. If you prefer to spend more time exploring each spot thoroughly, we suggest spreading your visit over two days. This way, you can truly appreciate the history and beauty without feeling rushed.

A distant view leading up to Palacio de Moctezuma in Cáceres, framed by a quaint alley that beckons with its promise of discovery.

Additionally, consider adding the Palacio De Moctezuma to your itinerary. Just remember, it’s only open until 13:45, so plan to visit it early in the day. 

Expansive panoramic view of Cáceres from Mirador El Banco Mas Bonito, showcasing the city’s stunning architecture and verdant surroundings.

Another wonderful addition is the Mirador El Banco Más Bonito de Cáceres. It’s a viewpoint that offers stunning panoramic views of the city.

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