Private hostel (40, 15€ or 18€ with breakfast) Las Veletas, at Calle General Margallo 36, on the Camino after Plaza Mayor and left. Laundry facilities. Very good reports. Website www.alberguelasveletas.es Tel 927 211 210
Municipal hostel (70, 16€ or 18€ with breakfast) Albergue Municipal Ciudad de Cáceres, on Avenida de la Universidad. From the Camino at Iglesia de Santiago, walk down Calle Sande and continue straight for about 400m until you see the entrance on the right. Individual rooms but not a dedicated pilgrim hostel. Website www.alberguecaceres.es Tel 927 102 001
Cáceres, with a population of 96,000 people is the second largest city in Extremadura (after Badajoz). It has all facilities. There are several supermarkets on or near the Camino entering the city (on the way out of the city there are none). In the centre there are supermarkets on Calle Ceres and on Calle Antonio Silva, off Avenida España. At the north end of Plaza Mayor is a pharmacy. From Plaza San Juan, down Calle San Pedro are banks, with more banks on Avenida de España. On Calle Pintores is a City Decathlon and several other shops selling hiking gear and shoes. The Tourist Information Office is in the old city opposite the cathedral.
Restaurante Los Arcos on Plaza Mayor has good food at good prices. Restaurant El Figón de Eustaquio on Plaza de San Juan serves excellent quality local cuisine, if you feel like splashing out. Restaurant Centro, also on Plaza San Juan has a good, moderately priced menu with local specialities.
Pensión Carretero on Plaza Mayor (very near Restaurante Los Arcos) has nice singles from about 15€. Tel 927 247 482 Hotel Don Carlos on Calle Pizarro has singles from 35€. Tel 927 225 527
Cáceres was founded by the Romans in the first century BC and named Norba Caesarina. Its prosperity waned with the decline of the Roman Empire and after it was sacked by the Visigoths in the 5th century it became an insignificant way-station on the Vía de la Plata. The Muslims established a military base here in the 12th century and build the city walls, which didn't prevent it falling to the Christians soon afterwards.
The Camino passes through Cáceres' walled old city which is just to the east of Plaza Mayor. There are many historic buildings to see such as the Muslim era Torre Bujaco overlooking Plaza Mayor, the cathedral of Santa María with Romanesque and Gothic influences, and the Church of St James / Iglesia de Santiago, which also has Romanesque and Gothic influences.
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