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Visit Plasencia

Plasencia is in the Caceres province in the Extremadura region of Spain.

Plasencia 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, remain however a lot of the walls have been used as the back walls of houses and so much is hard to see.

Explore Plasencia

One of the main gateways into the town of Plasencia is the impressive Puerta de Trujillo o de La Salud. Step through here and you are in the heart of the old town which largely dates to the 15th century when noblemen of the region moved here and built palaces, imposing houses and religious buildings.

Plasencia cathedral

Once through the gate there is one of the main sights in Plasencia, 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.


Also by here is the beautiful Casa Consistorial built in the 16 to 18th centuries. Its simple facade with rows of arched windows is very elegant.

Another historic building is the 15th century Convent of San Vincente Ferrer which is built on the site of a Jewish synagogue in the old Jewish quarter. It has a beautiful cloister with a Mudejar ceiling. The convent has been converted into the Parador of Plasencia and is a stunning hotel with a wealth of original architectural features.

Beautiful mansion in Plasencia

Visit the Palace of Mirabel which has a lovely patio and garden and a collection of Roman busts and altar stones to see. Another lovely courtyard you can visit is in the distinctive red coloured Casa de los Varona y Vargas.

Walking round the old centre is very pretty and there are some amazing buildings. It is very quiet however and for a bit more activity head to the main square of Plasencia, the Playa Major, which 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. The town hall is also in the square.

Plasencia has an intresting ethnographic museum, the Museo Etnografico Textil Provincial, which is situated in a 14th century hospital. It contains a good selection of local costumes and crafts. There is also a cathedral museum containing works by Ribera.

Plasencia has various festivals the main one being the Martes Mayor Festival which has been designated a festival of tourist interest. This takes place in August.There is also a procession and festivities the first Sunday after Easter.

Places to visit 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.

Very close to Plasencia is Guadelupe and its UNESCO listed Monastery which is one of the most visited attractions in Spain.

To the east of here is Trujillo which is probably the prettiest town in Extremadura and south of here is the stunning city of Caceres which is also UNESCO listed.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Caceres guide, and the Extremadura guide.

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Map of Plasencia and places to visit


Plasencia places to visit



The Monastery of Guadalupe is a beautiful Mudejar style monastery and a major pilgrim destination.

Guadalupe guide
La Alberca

La Alberca

La-Alberca is a mountain village and is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It has lovely half timber buildings with wooden balconies.

La Alberca guide


Trujillo is considered to have one of the most beautiful main square in the whole of Spain!

Trujillo guide


Caceres is a beautiful town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to a colony of storks.

Caceres guide
Ciudad Rodrigo

Ciudad Rodrigo

Ciudad Rodrigo has a beautiful old town with a 14th century castle, now a parador and an attractive cathedral.

Ciudad Rodrigo guide


Alcantara has an impressive Roman bridge and the convent of San Benito has a lovely Gothic cloister.

Alcantara guide