Plasencia is in the Caceres province in the Extremadura region of Spain.
Placencia is an ancient city which sits in a loop of the Rio Jerte. It is surrounded by medieval walls. These were built in 1198 and incorporated seventy towers and eight gates as well as an Alcazar. Most, though not the Alcazar, remains however a lot of the walls have been used as the back walls of houses and so much is hard to see.
Visit Plasencia, Spain
The main sights in Plasencia are the two cathedrals which are built back to back. The older one, the cathedral Vieja is Romanesque and contains a museum with works by Ribera. The newer cathedral, the 16th century Catedral Nueva is an unfinished gothic cathedral. Builders had various difficulties with the construction and in the end just bricked up the open end. Inside though take a look at the Renaissance choir stalls carved by Rodrigo Aleman.
The main square of Plasencia, the Playa Major, is a lively one - especially on Tuesdays when Plasencia has an excellent weekly market. The Playa Major is also a good spot to head for for cafés and tapas bars.
Plasencia has a Parador in the converted 15th century convent of Santa Domingo. This is a good spot for a meal even if you are not staying the night.
Museums in Placencia
The Museo Etnografico Textil Provincial is situated in a 14th century hospital. It contains a good selection of local costumes and crafts.
The La Vieja cathedral has a museum containing works by Ribera.
Places near Plasencia
Not far from Plasencia is the Monastery of Yuste where King Charles V lived for the last two years of his life. The Monastery is set in a lovely wooded valley.