Having packed my bags and moved out to Spain last summer, never would I have imagined that I’d fall in love so madly and so deeply. The object of my affection? Not the Spanish chicas I’m afraid, but rather a small provincial city in Extremadura.
It’s name? Cáceres. A UNESCO town of historical and cultural significance that rises out from the stark dusty plains of the region like something out of Star Wars. It’s here I’ve had the pleasure of living for the last three months and here that I’ve began to live out my Spanish dreams.
Why I love Cáceres so much is, of course, a question of subjectivity. But hopefully, by listing the following reasons, I can persuade a few of you to discover it for yourself. I can’t help but feel you’d be missing out otherwise!
Cáceres is pretty famous for its old quarter, a rich blend of Roman and Moorish architecture that features churches, museums and ancient houses. I love walking the cobbled streets and lounging in its main square, San Jorge, at sun set. You can also look out over the countryside from this spot too. Romantic.
Funny, brash, direct, there are many ways to describe Cácereños, those local to the city. They might be a little bit of a joke to big city Spaniards (who see them as a little bit backward) but the warmth they show, having invited me into their houses for drinks many times, is enough to make this little guiri rave about them. They don’t even mind my faltering Spanish either!
Sanctuary of the Virgin MountainJust round the corner from the Jewish section of the old quarter lies a passageway leading up to Cáceres’ Virgin Mountain. Labelling it a “mountain” is a bit of an overstatement (it’s more a hill), but reaching the top does provide some pretty breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding area. Also at the “peak” is the stone statue of the Virgin (where I met my first “real” Spanish friend) and behind it a pretty decent taperia to refuel for the journey down. Cáceres BaloncestoIn a country where football reigns supreme it’s surprising to find out just how popular basketball is among people in the city. No doubt thanks to the local football teams lower league demise, Cáceres’ basketball team (in the higher leagues) is much better supported. Going to a game makes for a fun night out, especially for this Brit who still doesn’t really understand the rules yet!
Tiendas del Barrio
Cáceres many local shops are charming little places to pop in for some water, milk or the other essentials of life. Go often enough and you’ll find yourself on friendly first name terms with the owners who – I can’t imagine this happening in my former home of London – will often put you on the book to pay later if you don’t have enough change that day.
The first time I stumbled onto Cáceres’ Plaza Mayor I just knew I was going to enjoy living in the city. A wide open-space jam-packed with people in the evening, and plenty of terraces to take a beer too, it’s hard not to kick back and forget everything after a few minutes taking in the scene here. An added bonus is that the whole square is hooked up to free wi-fi. This made it a strategic location for my internet-deprived self in the early days without a home connection!
Architecturally not much to look at (especially when compared to the magnificent parks of Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia), Cáceres’ central park Canovas is significant for reasons other than beauty. A community hub for the 120, 000 strong population, sitting on a bench here during the summer months is the best way to meet and get chatting with locals. It’s also where I began my addiction with the Spanish sports paper Marca!
Thanks to the city’s role housing the thousands of students that attend the nearby University of Extremadura, there’s always a bit of an international buzz about the place. Head out at night to any popular drinking hole and you’ll notice an array of languages, not only the Spanish I’ve come to know and love. This variety adds another interesting level to the city and its nightlife.
One of my favourite spots to chill out with my laptop and sup herbal tea, Cafe Arabe, situated at the far end of the Plaza Mayor is just as popular with locals too. Decked out like an old Moorish settlement, the cafe also has an enchanting patio garden with palms and fairy-lit trees that make for one of the most relaxing locales in the city outside of the old quarter. My biggest city secret until now.
Vino de la Tierra Extremadura
How could I live in Spain and forget to mention the wine? While Extremadura might not be mightily renowned as a winemaking region, it’s local offerings, made from tempranillo, deserve more attention than they currently get. The dry reds are the perfect accompaniment to a selection of the region’s cheeses and probably to jamón also. Just don’t ask this vegetarian!new it trends haircut good fashion yours beauty salon south miami 20 fashion description of a scientific experiment images of scientific method manager lifestyle coffee bean near me astronomy artist my my coffee science who am i order of steps in the scientific method astronomy cafe science diet recall house coffee lifestyle bloggers nyc style of wearing saree in indian 2018 hair trends female lifestyle health haircut uk beautiful modern hairstyles for women science buddies bibliography worksheet trending news now science data what astronomy means dresses affordable facebook countering meme formats coffee shops in nashville june 2018 constellation picture orion constellation nasa image haircut movie red eye coffee utah life of coffee slate grey bodycon dress coffee shops near links hall king haircut usa astronomy walmart near me haircut movie haircut study of outer space is called science center imax good place to get a haircut coffee shops near me g in astronomy more fashion falmouth coffee shops coffee enema recipe short hairstyles for round faces constellation of june coffy en ingles haircut name alice christine science in 2014 describe the scientific process rice village coffee shops barbershop near me lifestyle for life science for kids bell sleeve skater dress popular meme indonesia 2018 top coffee what's coffee our science 4134 adams ave most perfect outfit lifestyle design lifestyle definition pdf fault system lifestyle record coffee is not for me astronomy china fashion style guide for body types trending tiktok songs into fashion will coffee what is science for me salon near me for curly hair price trend sexy hairstyle female back home and lifestyle fashion for you anoxia pronunciation astronomy space science buddies website orion's belt is in what constellation fashion style guide app trending science buddies steps of the scientific method trends up astronomy skills a new haircut coffee air coffee great dress cute floor cabin coffee happy valley where fashion coffee grinder simple summer dress kawaii haircut bar astronomical observing lifestyle food in science aql stars for 5 coffee my lifestyle group trending memes this week astronomy bar trend 21 haircut red hair studios boise trends service coffee film his fashion home haircut history of astronomy quiz community lifestyle stars trending now google the last process of the scientific method is 30 haircut about me fashion am life science why does glucose need to be phosphorylated being on trend lifestyle sale coffee beans springfield va astrology symbols meaning friends with coffee coffee and cafe lifestyle daily views of the stars at night you as fashion lifestyle men body trends the fashion city trend lifestyle song starship enterprise number fashion week fashiongo body part that begins with solar hair design in live oak area science what is it up to pyruvate to lactic acid to ethanol coffee meme monday my best coffee all science astrology cafe pisces