Our end goal of the coming night was the capital of Extremadura Caceres, which fitted well with the time of day. We had not booked anything so we just headed for the city center in order to follow one of the hotel signs that were along the roads in the city. After consulting our travel guides, we decided to go for the Parador that seemed to be a great place according to the books. The biggest problem turned out to be finding the hotel. I guess we drove around the inner center of Caceres 3 times before we ended in front of the closed gate to the old town.
The gate to the inner city where the Parador was located was closed but a call on the phone near the gate lowered the blockade and we could enter.
There was a small parking area belonging to the hotel near the Parador but as quite full so we just parked the car to see if they had a couple of rooms. Entering the old part of town was like stepping back in time and entering the Parador was in the same level. The Parador de Caceres is located next to the ancient Roman and Arab walls, and San Juan Church is just 200 metres away. The parador itself is set in a 14th-century stone palace and all the palaces surrounding the hotel along with the impressive wall was a stunning setting. We finally found the entrance after walking around the whole Parador and entered some magnificent stone stairs to the reception.
We arrived at the same time as a small group of French tourists and we had to wait a while before we were served.
Luckily they still had rooms and we were getting double rooms both of us for 115 euro a night inclusive breakfast, which we both found impressive and we had not even seen the rooms yet. The inner part of the palace was truly impressive with loads of stone arcades and inner courtyards all renovated the best ways. The hallways include modern décors alongside authentic features, such as vaulted ceilings, antique furnishings and Knights amour everywhere. Before getting our rooms we when out to re-park the car because we had parked in a really bad spot according to our receptionist. He moved his own bike and we managed to squeeze the car in next to the tourist office that was located the same place.
The room was amazing, a little bit dark but that would qualify as cozy or romantic if I had brought a lady but the most amazing was the quality of the furniture and the restoration of the room.
I had half of and arch in my room and a huge double bed, all furniture fitted really well to the surroundings and I must say I was quite pleased with what we had found. The room was decorated in neutral color tones and the room was equipped with air conditioning, heating and a minibar. The bathroom was modern and one of the best things was a walking shower.
We quickly went down to the bar to have a cold beer and smile at our good fortune and decided on the spot that we would try to stay there a couple days more. Unfortunately that was not possible but we still ended having a great time there. After that message we left the hotel and just around the corner of our hotel the Parador de Caceres we had spotted a small wine bar as we drove in the hotel parking.
From outside the place just looked like a hole in a very old wall because of the power of the sun in the street. The street was narrow and one side was a part of the palace that was our hotel and it was covered with loads of flowers.
We entered the bar that had numerous small high bar tables and chairs that pretty much filled the small room, The ceiling was impressive stonework that probably dated back to when the city wall was built as this building was an integrated part of the wall itself. There were few customers when we arrived and most of them women enjoying the wine and looking at the ponytailed waiter running in between the tables with re-filler of the glasses and new tapas from the kitchen.
We found a corner of the bar near a row of chilled white wine and ordered a couple of glasses from a local producer.
The wine was great and the atmosphere was relaxed and we shortly after decided to take a couple of glasses more. It was a cozy place and with a real speedy waiter. We were both impressed how he rapidly he managed to dive under the bar and served the wine hungry ladies of this great bar.
It was about time for us to get some food. At our Hotel Parador de Caceres, they had naturally recommended a very posh restaurant at the town square, where both the quality and the prices would be high. As we arrived at the town square I could not help laughing as 3 well dressed waiters were talking and had nothing to do, while the neighboring restaurant was completely full and only had one smiling waiter, so we went for the smiling waiter.
We took a table outside and the waiter quickly came with the menu and asked us what we wanted to drink.
Parador de Caceres
We quickly decided on some white wine and he recommended two local. We had no idea which one to chose so seconds later the waiter came out with four glasses and the two different bottles. We took one of them and ordered the local meat and cheese special for both of us. After our order the waiter said that we could have a special price on the bottle and it was 5 euro!!
The local specialties came in on a plate tower, and there were more than enough for the both of us. The food was delicious and the service friendly, and it was a true pleasure to be able to sit outside and enjoy the life at the square. After the meal we decided to stay and went inside to their bar to enjoy some local brandy and coffee. We pointed at one bottle but the waiter said that we had to try another bottle so we did.
Parador de Caceres
They called the size of the drink we were given was called a Festivos, which meant that there only 5 drinks to a bottle! They brandy was awesome, mild and tasty without any sharp aftertaste. The waiters were great, we really enjoyed the waitress because she was smiling and whistling all the time. It was a great place with good food, cheap prices and very friendly waiters and waitresses and we would have loved to come back again.
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