Caceres for Foodies
Cacéres food is a new shining star for lovers of all things gourmet. Named ‘Capital of Gastonomy in Spain 2015’, Cacéres pays homeage to the fresh and bountiful ingredients of the surrounding countryside. Meat, cheese and wine are all staple parts of the Cacéres diet, withe the good served against a backdrop of historic buildings and stunning unspoilt countryside.
If you like to travel and eat rustic food of a local region, you’ll certainly find authentic Spanish cuisine during a stay near Cacéres.
Envelop yourself in the Taste of the Cacéres Region
A Spanish food holiday is one you’ll never forget. Local markets, bristling with colourful, seasonal fruits and vegetables provide visitors with fresh cheeses, glistening olive oil and family-made air dried hams.
Take a seat at any local cafe and watch the world go by with a glass of locally made wine, as you join those who have lived with their families in the area for many generations. Take in glorious architecture and plan a foodie journey through restaurants that pride themselves on the taste and flavour of their carefully crafted dishes.
Discovering Cacéres, Spain
Cacéres is a medieval city, which is now spearheading the area for wonderful food and award-winning restaurants. The city is the capital of the Extremadura region and has roots which stretch back to Roman encampments. With churches, convents, gothic mansions and turreted walls, the city offers both history and culture and wonderful rustic cuisine.
The Taste of an Award-Winning Spanish Meal
A highlight for any visit to Cacéres is the spectacular 2-Michelin starred restaurant, Atrio, in Plaza San Mateo 1. Run by long-term partners Jóse Polo and Toño Peréz, the eatery became the catalyst for the restaurant scene to bloom. The tasting menu is extraordinatry, with immaculate dishes incorporating the best local seasonal produce. Highlights included sea bass glazed with orange, black truffles with asparagus and an ice cream made with the local sheep’s cheese, Torta del Casar. The impressive wine list is one of Spain’s best, offering many refined wines, including a large collection of Chateau D’Yquem.
Discover Gastronomic Delights in Spain
Discover the nutty taste of the popular black pig raised in the local hillsides feeding on the acorns from the Dehesa. The pigs produce the delicious ‘jamon iberico de bellota’, handmade air-dried ham served at the tables alongside hearty stews of goat, rabbit or oxtail. There is nothing more delightful than a plate of savoury jamon accompanied by a glass of fino sherry in the sunshine.
Extremadura is also famous for the chillies it grows by the million in the La Vera Valley. It’s the most fertile part of Central Spain and pimenton (paprika) is one of the most famous imports of the Americas brought back to Spain by the Conquistadores. When the pimenton peppers are ready for harvest they are hand-picked and put into drying houses where wood from the dehesa burns underneath them giving them their unique smokey flavour. It’s hard to imagine Spanish food without the colour and fire from pimenton and it is used in most Spanish cuisine including chorizo and another local delight ‘patatera’, a speciality sausage.
Accompany your meal with slices of organic cheese from the Merino sheep, which graze on the land throughout Extremadura and sip a glass or two of the Tempranillo wine produced in the vineyards you drive past as your end your meal with desserts created from local fruits, such as oranges or quince.
Visiting Trujillo in Extremadura, Spain
Our five beautiful Trujillo Villas are 20 minutes by car from Cacéres. Spend the day relaxing and eating in Cacéres restaurants before returning to your Trujillo Villa to watch the sun set and the stars fill the sky, against the Trujillo countryside.
Trujillo Villas offers the best self-catering luxury accommodation in the area for beauty, history and wildlife.
Press coverage of the Trujillo Villas include:
- Sunday Times Travel on 1st Feb, featured in the Spain and Portugal Special under the “Hottest Villas of 2015”
- Harpers Bazaar magazine
- Woman and Home,
- Conde Nast Traveller
- Easy Jet in-flight magazine
- The Times Travel UK in their feature, “The 50 Best Holidays in Spain”
Extend your exploration of Extremadura cuisine with the option of being able to pre-order food and drink, which is delivered upon your arrival, or a villa menu meal made by a local cook, which can be delivered with wine to your home-away-from-home villa.
A holiday in this part of Spain will open your eyes to the authentic foods of this part of Spain and your tastebuds will be left wanting more after a day in Cacéres. Your holiday with Trujillo Villas España will provide memories of a stunning holiday home combines with flavours never before experienced.
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Image credits: Extremadura Tourist Board