Caceres, in rural Extremadura, is one of those lost-in-time Medieval towns that seems to have escaped the tourist hordes. Sure, there might be a few day-trippers but by dusk, visitors melt away and you’ll be left with an authentic, Spanish town to explore. Start in the Old Town, where its intricate alleyways and Moorish architecture take you back in time. Do as the locals do and stop for drinks which come with a free tapa – maybe a sliver of Montanchez Iberico ham or a gooey morsel of Torta del Casar cheese. More hearty dishes include Caldereta de Cordero – a rich lamb stew and Migas, fried breadcrumbs with pancetta, garlic and red pepper.
However, what has really put Caceres on the foodie map is refined establishment Atrio – a two-Michelin starred restaurant. Experience a nine-course tasting menu featuring beautifully presented dishes of truffles, razor clams, mushrooms and oysters, and you can even spend the night here. Caceres is ideal for a short foodie exploration, but we’d recommend it as part of a wider self-drive trip through Spain. See our itinerary here for more details here.