The Plaza Mayor square in Cáceres is one of the town’s major historical landmarks. Stroll down its length and be rewarded with a gorgeous showcase of heritage architecture. You’ll see pretty whitewashed façades that rise up from street-level arcades of weathered stone. Check out atmospheric restaurants adorned with white awnings and sunny terraces or people-watch as you sit on the steps of a 15th-century tower.
Take some time to explore Plaza Mayor’s perimeter. The long and narrow square was first established in the 12th century, when it was used as the grounds for an annual fair. Throughout the 15th century, magnificent medieval architecture was erected around the square and a series of arcades was established. Admire the charming arches and stone pillars of the arcades, which now overflow with outdoor seating for restaurants and cafés.
Find a table at one of the restaurants and enjoy a coffee with views of the old-world streetscape. The square is dotted with landmark structures, such as the Torre de Bujaco, Torre de los Púlpitos and the Torre de la Hierba. Admire the centuries-old brickwork of these towers, as well as the remnants of the 12th-century Almohad defensive walls. Other highlights include La Paz Shrine, the Arch of La Estrella by Manuel de Lara and Churriguera. Browse some of the stores that line the square to pick up keepsakes and gifts.
At the southern end of the square, you’ll find the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento de Cáceres), which is home to the town’s tourist information center. Visit the center to pick up maps and brochures or find out what’s happening in the area during your visit. Stay overnight at one of the hotels and pensions that front Plaza Mayor to wake up with the historic district on your doorstep.
Cáceres’ Plaza Mayor is located in the heart of the town’s historic center. The square can be visited at any time of the day for free. It is 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers) northeast of the main railway station.
Located in Distrito Centro-Casco-Antiguo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower of Bujaco, Casa de los Toledo-Moctezuma, and Plaza de Toros. Plaza Mayor and Palace of Toledo-Moctezuma are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Caceres Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Juan Church, Gran Teatro de Cáceres, and Star Archway. Visual Arts Centre Helga de Alvear Foundation and Plaza Mayor are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Caceres Old Town, this romantic hotel is steps from Visual Arts Centre Helga de Alvear Foundation, Palace of the Marqueses de Torreorgaz, and Torre de los Sande. San Juan Church and Gran Teatro de Cáceres are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Argentina, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gran Teatro de Cáceres, San Juan Church, and Visual Arts Centre Helga de Alvear Foundation. Ciudad Deportivo Junta de Extremadura and Casa Pedrilla History and Culture Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Caceres Old Town, this hotel is steps from San Juan Church, Visual Arts Centre Helga de Alvear Foundation, and Casa Mudejar. Plaza Mayor and Tower of Bujaco are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Caceres Old Town, this hotel is steps from Gran Teatro de Cáceres and San Juan Church. Star Archway and Visual Arts Centre Helga de Alvear Foundation are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Caceres Old Town, this hotel is steps from Tower of Bujaco, Plaza Mayor, and Casa de los Toledo-Moctezuma. Star Archway and Palace of Toledo-Moctezuma are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Caceres Old Town, this apartment is steps from Casa de los Toledo-Moctezuma, Palace of Carvajal, and Palace of Toledo-Moctezuma. Santa Maria Cathedral and Episcopal Palace are also within 5 minutes.