Sunday, 1 February 2015

Extremadura #2: Cáceres

A few more photos of the last days in Spain. One day we visited the monastery de San Jerónimo de Yuste, where the Charles V lived the last few years of his life, near Cuacos de Yuste. And one of the last days we drove down to Cáceres to visit its historical walled town centre, a UNESCO world heritage site. The plains around Cáceres are known for their populations of little and greater bustards, large birds that have been hunted to extinction in many places and which we had never seen before. So on the way to Cáceres we took some smaller country roads through the plains to try to find them. We were lucky, Tony managed to spot a small group of greater bustards, but no photos, they were a bit too far away for that.

Monastery de San Jerónimo de Yuste

Monastery de San Jerónimo de Yuste

Looking back to Cuacos de Yuste, with Sierra de Gredos in the background

Plaza Major, de main square in Cáceres, just outside the old city walls

The entrance to the walled city

Plaza Santa María

Street with the city wall on the left

Iglesia Concatedral de Santa María

Overview from the church tower

Cáceres is also known for the many nesting storks. Even in winter there are still some white storks around.

Moorish cistern underneath the Cáceres museum

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