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Cáceres is a pretty little city which was a particularly impressive Old Town. Now listed as a World Heritage site, this maze of narrow streets winding between mansions, palaces and tiny plazas is unusual because its in three dimensions, weaving up and around the city's ancient stone walls. As you can imagine this organic creation has remained relatively unchanged since the 16th Century, and this is where you'll find some of the best places to stay in Cáceres.
As well as the charms of its Old Town, Cáceres is also known throughout Spain for its beautifully arcaded Plaza Mayor, or main square.
Its oldest treasures date from around 25BC, when this was already a thriving Roman centre, though near to Cáceres are the Maltravieso Caves, where you can see local art dating from the Paleolithic period. Conquered by the Arabs in the 8th Century - and you can see the Moorish influence in some of the city's architecture, Cáceres' next golden age was around the discovery of America, when many wealthy and influential Spanish families wanted to build their mansions and palaces in Extremadura, near the verdant fields and shipping ports.
As well as the rows of impressive cathedrals, churches, palaces, convents and municipal buildings, Cáceres also has a large number of museums for its size.
Cáceres is close enough to Madrid for a day trip - albeit it's a long drive, so it's really worth staying overnight and having the city to yourself and the locals once the day-trippers head home.
- The Atrio Hotel Restaurant in Cáceres is quite hip and happening for these parts, with a fabulous two star Michelin restaurant and carefully designed designer rooms and living areas, including art by Andy Warhol, inside a traditional facade.
- Casa de Orellana is a beautiful, five room hotel converted from a 15th Century manor house in pretty, medieval Trujillo. There's a pool and a lovely garden courtyard, and you're close to many of Trujillo's historic highlights, as well as being close to all that impressive scenery.
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Hotel rural Peña del Alba 18 rooms from $90Caceres
A charming rural property set in scenic countryside. The atmospheric rooms exude traditional charm, with exposed stone walls and beams. The restaurant puts a creative spin on regional cuisine. A tennis court and swimming pool provide entertainment for lazy days spent under the sun. Fabulous.Country Escape - Set in gorgeous countryside; take an amble around the area or choose to spend your day lounging by the pool.Families - A family friendly hotel with plenty of space to run around and a lovely pool to keep little ones occupied.Great walks - Head out straight from the property on long relaxing walks.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.
Atrio Hotel Restaurant 9 rooms from $306Caceres
A fabulous Michelin star restaurant with designer rooms and living areas. A traditional facade houses sleek modern lines, works of art by Warhol, and white crisp bedding. A gourmet spot with equally astounding interiors.Designer - trio boasts sublime architecture by Emilio Tuñón Álvarez and Luis Moreno Mansilla, masters of modern design.Foodies - 2 Michelin star restaurant.LuxuryLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller, Tablet