Day trips around Cáceres

Now that days are getting noticeably cooler, I started fantasizing about my last holidays in Spain. I spent a month in my hometown of Cáceres and when my husband arrived to reunite with us we thought it was a good idea to arrange some day trips to nearby places. There are many interesting sights in my province but I had not traveled around for a long time (probably since high school trips!).  So, one day we drove up north with my parents, my brother and his girlfriend and visited the towns of Hervás and Granadilla.

Hervás is known for its Jewish Quarter and in general for being a beautiful town which also happens to enjoy nice temperatures in the summer as it’s very close to the mountains. I hope next time I can spend several days there and swim in the natural pools created by the rivers coming down. But let me show you the pictures of our actual day trip.

Part of Hervás’ main square with the mountains in the background.

The view from the castle in the highest part of town.

One of the streets in the Jewish Quarter.

There were many chestnut trees! My husband, who’s always thinking about making business (like the Chinese man he is, haha), started fantasizing about exporting them to China.

 

 

After having lunch, buying some local candies (cherry and acorn flavour) and picking some chestnuts (just for fun, we didn’t eat them, although they were probaby edible) we got on the car again to go to the nearby walled village of Granadilla. This village has a very interesting history: it was an important defensive point and the main town in the area during the Middle Ages. In the 1950s, due to the construction of a reservoir, the village was expropriated by the State and all its inhabitants had to leave. In the end, the water didn’t reach it and in the 1980s the village started being restored. However, it is still a ghost town as no one lives there and it is used as an educational project for high school students that go there to help in the reconstruction tasks. I would have loved to participate when I was a student!

Small castle by the town’s entrance.

The reservoir.

The restored houses and the ruins behind them.

The town’s square.

 

Another day we drove to Alcántara, close to the Portuguese border, to see a bridge that was built during the time of the Roman Empire (in 103-104 AD, to be precise) and that is still in use and crossed by vehicles! C. and my dad had a lot of fun playing with their drone.

Picture of the bridge taken by the drone.

 

I hope next year I can visit some other interesting places close to my hometown!