When we entered the New Cathedral of Plasencia and we looked up, we could not help but be surprised by the height and beauty of this cathedral. You are overwhelmed by its columns without capitals and nerves that rise from the ground to cross on the roof, forming beautiful drawings. The details of this cathedral: choir, sacristy front of the main altar, the altar "churrigueresco" that shows the sleeping virgin one week a year - dazzling. Plasencia Cathedral is the representation of the "renaissance man", of someone who seeks the height and grandeur, almost to the extent of knowing they own the world and the pride that comes with this.
Ever since the 18th century when Alfonso VIII founded the city of Plasencia, there has been a traditional market celebration where farmers, villagers, and artisans arrive from throughout the sub-region with the goal of selling, exchanging, or simply showing-off their wares. Even today, this festival known as “Martes Mayor” (“Big Tuesday”) is celebrated the first Tuesday of August and has been declared a Fiesta of Regional Touristic Interest which manages to draw over 30,000 visitors. On the eve of Martes Mayor, there is a small village party held in the square and on Tuesday morning, free wine is handed out to visitors in the plaza. At night, a free concert is held for all in the Plaza Mayor. In the market itself, visitors can find folk dances, horse shows, fife and drum groups, and all kinds of contests judging everything from the best fruit and vegetables to balcony decorations to regional costumes and artisanal goods. Plasencia is a medieval walled city filled with knightly homes and palaces. It’s located on the banks of the Jerte River in a privileged locations that’s relatively close to all the other sub-regions in the province (Valle del Jerte, Comarca de la Vera, Valle del Ambroz, Valle del Alagón, Sierra de Gata…), all of which offer a wealth of natural, historic, and cultural goods to discover. The Martes Mayor Festival is the perfect opportunity to come and see Plasencia, enjoy the atmosphere in the Plaza Mayor, admire the grandiosity of the cathedrals, try a good daily menu in the Puerta Talavera Restaurant, and, if you end up staying for a few days, checking out the unparalleled natural tranquility at the Casa Rural Finca Umbria, only 5min. away. If you need more information, the Municipal Tourism Office (located in the Las Claras Cultural Center) can offer you maps and precise directions with all the friendliness you’d expect from a town like Plasencia. Martes Mayor awaits you!
The park of Pinos de Plasencia has a bird's eye view. It is certainly the best place to enjoy a bird park and botanic garden where, in summer, you can escape the tenacious heat of Plasencia. When you're a few hundred miles from the sea, a place like this, wrapped by endless trees, with running water, cooling channels and 500 birds becomes an oasis. Its nearly 54,000 m2 and a climb allows visitors to see a nice view of the city. Luckily, the park is strewn with fountains which splash through the mouth of a frog and help you see 100+ bird species and a variety of trees. From the Pinus pinaster and Pinus pinea who give their name to the park, passing through numerous species of the ash, you may be awed by poplars, willows, elms or even the rarest ginkgo bilobas. As for the park's wildlife, it is difficult to avoid the peacocks that live peacefully among the visitors and cross the road constantly (to the amusement of the kids). You can also see cranes, pheasants, ducks and civilized pelicans - they share the park with fascinating raptors: eagles toed, vultures and owls that hypnotize and are almost within reach. Unique, but on my last visit it was in need of a little bit more cleaning. If centers of large cities suffer the side effects of pigeons, there we are talking about hundreds of different species whose droppings litter the path. In conclusion, a beautiful spot to take a break from the overwhelming amalgam of history, culture, headlands and Pitarra wine that are part of the very noble city of Plasencia.
It is a lovely place to come visit. Inhabitants of this city often flock there. From a hill from you can see the entire city of Plasencia. You can also see the mountain and a swamp. The best thing is to know it.
The parish of St. Nicholas has existed since the mid XIII century. The current state of the church is the result of several renovations. The first and most profound renovation was done by the Monroy family. Specifically by Don Nuño Perez de Monroy, who was buried in it (he died in 1326) and his brother Fernando. Its present appearance is due to the late Gothic restoration done in the fifteenth century. It conserves a burial with a praying statue of the Bishop of Coria D Pedro Giron de Carvajal, born in Piacenza and a romanesque font.
The Marquis de Mirabel Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in the historic center of Plasencia, and is in the most beautiful and authentic squares of the city: the Plaza de San Nicolas. It was built in the fifteenth century by the Dukes of Plasencia, Alvaro de Zuniga and his wife, Isabel Pimentel.
You can go inside but you have to reserve a visit in advance. The entrance is found in an archway that connects the square with the C/Esparrillas. From here you can see a tall tower with a magnificent Renaissance shield and a balcony.
It is also worth mentioning are the italian style stairs and the beautiful neoclassical cloister with various shields. They exhibit a collection of archaeological pieces from Rome and Roman busts and other pieces of interest. During the visit you will also come across tiles from the Monastery of Yuste and an interesting hunting collection of the Duke of Arion from the late 19th century.
Although Jews played an important role in the economy of the city, they were always marginalized thus preventing them from burying their dead along with the rest, and forcing them to build their cemeteries outside the city walls. In addition, not all cities had cemeteries, so they had to move long distances in order to reach them. In Plasencia much of one of the Jewish cemeteries has been recovered, which could well be the only one in all the ancient region in which it was discovered. The City Council has taken the trouble to set up the area and put up informational signs, although the access is less well signposted. Definitely a must if you plan to explore the Jewish quarter of this beautiful city.
Wind blowing, blue sky, the sun beaming, candle flickering and you: after three steps downhill, you feel like you become part of that inimitable landscape, flying like a bird, watching the valley beneath your feet.
Within the Historical District of Plasencia, you’ll find the picturesque façade of the “House of Los Almaraz.” It is a 16th century Herrera-style building that is very well-preserved. One of the highlights is the family crest which sits above a wide balcony supported by two Ionic columns and a roof composed of small pyramids typical of the style. In the heavy doorway, you can also see two semi-columns that accompany and compliment the characteristic stone of the aristocratic homes of the Plasencia region.
The Plaza of San Nicolas is one of the most important tourist sites in the city of Plasencia. Located on the western edge of the old town and close to the medieval bridge of San Lazaro, there are numerous historical buildings and monuments worth visiting here. Within this small square we find the Church of San Nicolás, after which the square gets its name, and the Palace of the Marquis of Mirabel. Two unmissable places to visit in the old area. If you go by the Plaza Mayor you should continue west about 200 meters down the C / de la Rúa Zapatería to find the plaza. If you to it from Plasencia Cathedral, walk down C / de la Blanca for about 150 meters. Other points of interest around the Plaza de San Nicolas are the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Parador de Plasencia, the House of the Two Towers (Casa de las Dos Torres) also known as the Palacio de Monroy from the 17th century which is one of the city's oldest buildings.
The Viña Placentina Winery is a small bodega where they offer wine tasting courses as a part of the production of the production of their red wine (vino tinto), young crianza and reserva. The grape variety in these vineyards are merlot and cabernet sauvignon that surround the house on the outskirts of Plasencia. Inside is where they process the wine for storage either in the bottle or the barrel, depending on the type of wine. The tasting courses and wine pairings are a different way to enjoy Plasencia.
The Golf Club of Las Pizarras is a 9-hole golf course situated in San Gil, just 10 minutes away from Plasencia and Montfrague National Park in the Extremadura region of Spain. It is perfect for beginners and for those who want to play for less than two hours. You can also visit Monfragüe Jerte Valley, La Vera or Hurd. The golf course is open from April 1st, 2011, it has driving-Range, Putting Green area, bar, restaurant and recreation area. It is fun, social and friendly, with very cheap prices that will host both the player and the companions, where you can enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable time.
Sun Street is full of street of shops and is the liveliest street in the city. It is part of the Market Square and heads towards Puerta del Sol. It is a monumental work of Renaissance architecture. An unusaul thing about it is that it has a precise angle for orientation toward the sunrise, therefore getting as much sunlight as possible. Calle del Sol is crowned by an image of the Virgen de la Estrella in its niche. As is the case of other city gates, it has the shield of the Catholic Kings sculpted on it and beside those of Plasencia. The inside has a niche in which there is a terracotta image of San Fulgencio, patron of the city.
The Plasencia Aqueduct, also called "Arcos de San Anton" is located at the San Anton through road being crossed by the Ruta de la Plata (N-630) en route to Salamanca. It was built in the sixteenth century by Juan de Flandes who took advantage of another existing construction in order to transport "Cañada de los Moros" water. The current aqueduct is named after the ancient hermitage of Saint Anthony. It is located in a spacious and open area, perfect for taking in this monument at a leisurely pace. You can see both sides of the road and have a nice walk, thanks to the numerous gardens around. For me it is one of the essential places to visit in Plasencia that you should not miss if you like these kind of constructions and prefer wide, open sites when you visit a city.
Are you familiar with the vast heritage that Placencia has to offer? There are tons of things to do in Placencia, especially when talking about culture and heritage. Placencia attractions and its historical ensemble were declared to be of cultural interest in 1958. Historical monuments and things to see in Placencia include: the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Carvajal-Giron Palace, and the Palace of Mirabell. In addition, there are other monuments and places to visit in Placencia. Try seeing the church and convent of Santo Domingo, the church of St. Nicholas, the Church of the Saviour, the sanctuary of the Virgen del Puerto, and the bullring.
Other attractions in Placencia of great importance include the city's wall. It has protected the old town since the founding of the city. Passage to the old town is through its doors only: the Trujillo gate, the Coria gate, the Berrozanas gate, the Puerta del Sol, the Talavera gate, the Clavero gate, and side door of the Savior. Along the walls there are other remarkable places to see, such as the Lucia Tower, where a bonfire used to be lit at night to serve as a beacon. But in addition to the main monuments, there's other stuff to do in Placencia, as well as tours of sculptures, parks, and other historical points of interest.
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