Day 5- Merida - Caceres

An easy ride in the country. Following along the N 630 which has been entirely (well almost entirely) superceeded the N 630. With only 500 metres of total ascent, it is an easy run.

The hotel tonight is the Barcelo V Centenario on the N 630 on the outskirts of Caceres. It has the advantage of being enroute, but after a bath, a taxi is necessary for the trip into the city to see the sights. It was the only "modern" hotel I stayed on during the pilgrimage, and while one could have stayed at the Parador which is in the old town, I was happy to settle for the convenience of a hotel on the route, and positioned for an easy start the next day.

between Merida and Caceres Plaza Major at Caceres
En route between Merida and Caceres at Alde del Cano
Plaza Major at Caceres
Caceres 1
Caceres 2
Caceres 3
Caceres 4

Cáceres is the capital of Cáceres Province, in Extremadura, Spain. Its population was 90,750 in 2006.

There have been settlements near Cáceres since prehistoric times. Evidence of this can be found in the caves of Maltravieso and El Conejar. The city was founded by the Romans in 25 BC.

The old town or Ciudad Monumental still has its ancient walls. The walls contain a perfect Medieval town setting with no outward signs of modernity for this reason many films have been shot here. The Universidad de Extremadura, and two astronomical observatory are in Cáceres. Caceres is a World Heritage city, and therefore receives extra protection. There are very few places in the world where an old town has been as well preserved.

Map Merida to Caceres

Camino de Santiago - Via de la Plata Map of my route

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