Merida to Caceres

70.7km

6 days

Comfort

Popular time

september

Starting from

€575

Overall

Distance:

7.6 min | 17.7km average | 30.5 max

Ascent:

137.7 min |209.8m average | 338.8 max

Cardio:

1   2   3

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On this section, the Camino heads north, through Extremadura Province, a land of dry and gently hilly landscapes that sometimes seems to be inhabited by more cerdos ibericos (dark brown pigs typical of the region) than people. Indeed, there can be long gaps between villages, giving you time to enjoy open and quiet landscapes of crop fields and vines, cork oak forests, and wild flowers all year round.

Merida

Merida

Merida is a really interesting town that was founded by the Romans in the 1st Century. To this day, the town reflects this rich heritage, with remarkably well preserved Romanesque buildings and infrastructure the backbone of Merida. One of such example is the Teatro Romano, which still gets used for public concerts, as well as the Puente Romano, a bridge spanning the Rio Guadiana.

Alcuescar

Alcuescar

In Alcuescar there are many shops, cafes, and restaurants that offer opportunities to try food typical of the region – one of them is the Casa Alejandro in the upper part of the village. If you want to visit a beautiful church while in Alcuescar, you can go to the Church of Santa Lucia, just 4km out of the village, by following the well-signed track.

Aldeo del Cano

Aldea del Cano

When staying in or passing through Aldea del Cano you can visit the Iglesia Parroquial de San Martin. It is a well-preserved, Gothic church, built at the beginning of the 16th Century, in the heart of the town. The old Civil Guard barracks are also interesting.

Merida to Caceres

Starting from € 575

MERIDA

CACERES

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Additional Nights

Dinners

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Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest

Not included: Flights/trains, Insurance, Drinks/Lunch

Itinerary

Day

1

km

MERIDA

Merida was founded in 250 BC and the Roman heritage is still visible in every corner of the city nowadays. More than a UNESCO World Heritage site, this small city has plenty to offer, and tourists always enjoy its lively buzz, hopping from tapas bars to wonderful restaurants.

Day

2

12.4 km

MERIDA ALJUCEN

You leave Merida by crossing over the river via a 2,000 year-old Roman bridge, from which there are beautiful views of the impressive Roman Aqueduct. Then, we head towards the Proserpina dam, which once was the biggest water reservoir in the Mediterranean Roman Empire. The red-earth landscape becomes hillier and there are also more oak trees to provide you with shelter from the sun. After a short day’s walking, we reach Aljucen – from where we will be transferred back to our hotel in Merida.

Day

3

20.1 km

ALJUCEN ALCUESCAR

After your transfer back to Aljucen., we soon enter the National Park of Cornalvo, a landscape of scrubland, red earth tracks, pasture, and oak trees. Then the farmlands alternate between cork trees, vines, olive trees, and grazing livestock until you reach the first and last village of the day: Alcuescar.

Day

4

7.6 km

ALCUESCAR ALDEA DEL CANO

From Alcuescar, it is at first an easy and peaceful walk to Las Casas de Don Antonio and its well-restored Roman bridge. Later, we walk on the original Roman road as we pass by what is known as ‘miliario’ (Roman milestone) and cross one more Roman bridge before reaching Aldea del Cano.

Day

5

30.5 km

ALDEA DEL CANO CACERES

On this last day of this section, we leave Aldea del Cano and continue through the flat and dry lands of Extremadura. We later cross a long Roman arched bridge at the entrance to Valdesalor. It is then a hilly landscape with scattered shade all the way to Caceres and its old town, perched on top of a hill.

Day

6

km

CACERES

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. The capital of the province, the city of Caceres is full of notable cathedrals, churches, convents and monasteries. It also hosts numerous important festivals across the year, including The Festival of the Martyrs every January, the San Jorge Festival in April, and Fleadh Cáceres between October and November.

How to Get There

Getting to Merida, Spain

It is best to fly to Seville as it shortens the journey to Merida. It is also possible to fly to Madrid.

Fly into Seville

Iberia/BAVueling and Ryanair fly to Seville, amongst many other international airlines. Ryanair flies from Dublin, London, Liverpool and Bristol. Iberia/BA also flies from Dublin and the UK.

From Seville Airport, there is a regular shuttle bus (Aeropuerto Especial) to Seville city centre.

From there, a bus to Merida takes around 1 hour.

    Fly into Madrid

    Virtually every airline flies to Madrid, from locations all over Europe. From Madrid Airport, take the shuttle bus to downtown Madrid.

    Then, you can bus or take the train to Merida, though this journey will take 4 hours and 30 minutes.

      Getting home from Caceres, Spain

      Fly from Seville

      From Caceres, the quickest way to Sevilla is to get the bus to downtown Seville. This will take around 3 hours and 15 minutes. Then, you can take the airport shuttle bus.

        Fly from Madrid

        You can bus or take the train from Caceres, though this journey will take 3 hours and 30 minutes. Once you are in Madrid city centre, take the shuttle bus to Madrid Airport.

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