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“Like stepping back in time...”

Old Town of Caceres
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US$354.33*
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3-Night Madrid Tour from Lisbon Including Toledo
Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Caceres
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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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“Like stepping back in time...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Walking into the Old Town of Caceres is like stepping back in time...

The modern city is quite nice in itself, the central avenue being leafy (and we needed the shade, even in October!) but go into the Old Town and it's like being in a different city. Once through the gates, you wouldn't suspect that you were only a couple of metres from the concrete city!
Take time to wander through the streets, and have a nosey down every street you can. And make sure you look upwards! The roofs and plaques etc are often worth the visit alone, and you will miss a lot if you only look at eye level. That being said, at eye level, Caceres is a feast for the eyes; almost unchanged since the days of the Conquistadores, there are so many places of interest. The churches are cool even at midday, and there are great views from the towers.
There is also a great museum dedicated to the Easter Parades, which is a salutary reminder of how symbolism can mean totally different things in different places (have a look at the traditional costumes and you'll see what I mean!
The Plaza Mayor has many great restaurants... my advice would be to eat after the sun goes down, as that's when the place really comes to life; oh, and when the menu says "leg of lamb" that's what you'll get... the whole leg!
The place well deserves its UNESCO status, and is well worth a visit before too many people get to hear of it!

Visited October 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Really cool to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

This old town is classic Spain! There's a statue in one of the squares of San Pedro de Alcantara in which it is considered good luck to rub the feet. The small picture perfect streets are fun to walk down.

Visited September 2013
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Ancona, Italy
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“Not much life”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

It's an area of cobbled streets, old stone buildings, chimney pots with nests on them, etc, and it's pretty in a theme-park-ish sort of way. The trouble is that there's practically nothing in the way of normal life - it's all but impossible to find an ordinary bar, for instance, and everyone else you see looks like another tourist - and you quickly get tired of it. By far the most interesting thing there is the museum. See separate review.

Visited May 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Can't and shouldn't miss it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

From it's grand entrance in the Plaza Mayor (main square) of Caceres, you are presented with three winding streets, almost lanes to go down and all are beautiful. The ancient buildings are stunning and the churches are all very beautiful. If you speak Spanish, there are some informative plaques here and there on the walls, which are very interesting. And the old town is full of bars and cafes - the perfect place to spend an afternoon

Visited April 2014
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Santander, Spain
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“A must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This city is amazing. The "casco antiguo" just blew up my mind, specially at night. Very well kept. Anywhere you look at is special.

Visited April 2014
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