Trujillo is one of the most monumental cities in Extremadura, it is the cradle of conquerors, the scene of the successful
Game of Thrones
and soon, also, the land of diamonds. The American firm Diamond Foundry has just announced that it will install
the first artificial diamond manufacturing factory in Europe
in the surroundings of the town of Cáceres
. As they say, the sun and photovoltaic energy have been decisive for the company, whose largest investor is the actor Leonardo Dicaprio, has chosen this place (it is believed that it will be in the Arroyo Caballo industrial estate, about 4 km away).
In addition to solar energy, this ancient city, whose origin is in a Roman town, has a lot to offer.
An overwhelming heritage legacy and an exciting story, starring the exploits of the great conquerors such as Pizarro or Francisco de Orellana,
will make DiCarpio
and every visitor who comes to Trujillo
fall in love
If this does not succeed, its gastronomy will surely dazzle you, headed by the cheeses, the Extremadura crumbs, the goat frit or the artisan pasta from the convents.
Plaza Mayor, with the statue of Pizarro and the Church of San Martín.
Once the car is parked (it is recommended to do it outside the historic center) it is essential to take a walk through the narrow streets to admire the architecture of the place. Legacies of Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures can be found in each corner of the town. Flanking streets and squares are manor houses and palaces built mainly in the 16th century with the money of the rich Indians who came from the Americas as a result of the conquest of the continent. Among the most spectacular are the Palace of the Marquis of the Conquest, the House of the Chain, the House of the Chaves, the Palace of Juan Pizarro and the Palace of San Carlos.
After wandering around for a while, one of the two most important enclaves of the city is reached: the
The huge, rectangular-shaped, Renaissance-style enclosure is partly surrounded by palaces and arcades full of shops and hospitality establishments with inviting terraces, making it a bustling meeting point for locals and tourists.
The large square has in the center the equestrian statue of the great conqueror Francisco Pizarro, discoverer of Peru, and is presided over by
the church of San Martín de Tours
, begun in the 14th century on a medieval building and completed in the 16th century.
Ruins of the San Francisco el Real de Coria Monastery.
Some stairs that leave the square lead back to the interior of the old town of Trujillo. Instead of ascending directly to the castle that crowns the town, it is recommended to take a small detour through the cobbled alleys to pass other monuments such as the
church of Santa María la Mayor
, built on a Romanesque building from the end of the 13th century, whose Romanesque eastern tower is still preserved. It is worth entering to admire its main altarpiece. Next to it, in the Plaza de los Moritos, there are also the
Palacio de Lorenzana
convent of the Jerónimas
the ruins of the Monastery of San Francisco el Real de la Coria
Leaving the Pizarro House Museum aside, the Calleja del Castillo reaches the esplanade where the other great monument of the Extremaduran city sits:
the spectacular medieval fortress
with eight towers and a horseshoe arch. Built by the Arabs in the second half of the 9th century, the castle is located in an airtight enclosure surrounded by walls on a perimeter of 900 meters in the highest area of the rocky hill called Cabezo de Zorro. In the sober interior (there are no outbuildings, since more was used as a warehouse for the troops), next to the Patio de Armas, there is a small 16th century hermitage dedicated to Saint Paul. Both from the walls and from the battlements of the castle you can see the plain of the Trujillo land, as well as the entire town (entrance to the castle: 2 euros).
Panoramic of Trujillo from the Castle.
The town hall organizes guided tours (also at night) that cover the most interesting parts of the city (more information here).
If you want a more specialized tour, like following the
Path of the Conquerors
(free) or one that discovers the most important corners of
the city of the three cultures
, see here.
Extremadura migas, frite de cabrito or moraga (grilled pork) are typical dishes that can be tasted in the many restaurants and inns of Trujillo.
It is recommended to book in one of those that are in the Plaza Mayor and try to settle on the outside terrace (if the weather allows it), to enjoy the views.
Among them are
Mesón La Troya
Corral del Rey
Torta del Casar.Torta del Casar PDO.
One of the star products and representative of the town is the cheese: the d
, with designation of origin, which is made with raw milk from the goats that graze in its meadows, the
Torta del Casar
... There are numerous shops of Grocery stores that sell traditional cheeses and other local products, such as honey, sausages ... It is also worth taking some of the
artisan pastas made
by the nuns, such as those from the Franciscanas de San Pedro convent (a few steps from the Plaza Mayor) .
Where to sleep
Parador de Trujillo
Parador de Trujillo
(Sta. Beatriz de Silva, 1, Trujillo, Cáceres. Telephone: 927 32 13 50).
At the foot of the Castle, in the historic center, this hotel is located in what was the convent of Santa Clara (16th century).
Inside it has a cloister with Renaissance arches and columns.
From 130 euros / night.
Eurostars Palacio Santa Marta
Eurostars Palacio Santa Marta
(Ballesteros, 6, Trujillo, Cáceres. Telephone: 927 65 91 90).
Quiet and cozy hotel located in a 16th century palatial house with elegant rooms overlooking the Plaza Mayor or the castle.
From 179 euros.
Calleja del Castillo.
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