[SPAIN] SEVILLE, CACERES, & SALAMANCA – Travel Diary + Itinerary

Entering the last quarter of 2017, to welcome the upcoming holiday season, let’s continue our travel blog post. Here it is, the last chapter of #AnakJajanSPAIN travel diary. In this post we’re going to share with you our experiences visiting Seville, Caceres and Salamanca, as well as the complete outline of our Spain itinerary.

Visiting Spain was certainly one of the highlights of 2017 for AnakJajan. The historical buildings, the clear blue sky (the bluest ever), the warm friendly people, the tasty food, it was an eye opening experience for us, in fact we can say it’s one of our most memorable trips ever!

If you’re interested in following our itinerary, here are the outline of our trip, in overall it was a great trip since each destination has its own unique charm. So here it is:
Day 0 – Jakarta to Madrid via Cathay Pacific
Day 1 – Alcala de Henares
Day 2 – Madrid
Day 3 – Madrid
Day 4 – Malaga
Day 5 – Ronda
Day 6 – Jerez de la Frontera & Seville
Day 7 – Caceres
Day 8 – Salamanca
Day 9 – Salamanca

Please make sure to check the weather forecast as well as the season for best experience. Most of the people recommend Spring and Summer as the best season to travel to Spain therefore months of April, May, September and October are the best.

Salamanca

AnakJajan travelled to Spain in mid May 2017, it was on transition period from spring to summer. It was the ideal time for us, we got nice sunny weather almost everyday with amazing blue sky accompanied by cool breeze of air and colorful blooms with average daytime temperatures around 21-28°C. You’ll get great hair day everyday since the weather there is dry.

We were lucky to visit Spain during the peak blooming season of Jacaranda flower, the bluish purple blooms are simply mesmerizing.

Look at the sunflower fields!

For internet connection for the whole trip in Spain, we used Wifivox portable wifi. We’re not sure about other vendors, from our experience with this one, the connection wasn’t the best but sufficient enough to get us connected all the time.


SEVILLE

Located in Andalusia, Sevilla is one lively destination that is known for its historic traditional culture as well World Heritage buildings. Compared to other cities AnakJajan have visitied, Sevilla has a charmingly different vibes thanks to the rich Moorish heritage.

Hotel Vincci la Rabida Sevilla
Hotel Vincci la Rabida was our accommodation in Seville. The lobby area is beautifully designed with 18th century palatial home concept. Located in the city centre, it’s very convenient to get around city’s famous spots.

 

Address:
Hotel Vincci la Rabida
Calle Castelar, 24, 41001 Sevilla, Spain

Alcazar de Seville
Alcázar of Seville is one of the most representative destinations in Seville. It happens to be one of the filming locations of “Games of Thrones” TV series. If you’re a big fan of the series, you’ll love it here.

Each corner of the royal palace is so beautiful and insta-worthy. It was originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings and the details speak for itself, we can see the rich influence of Islamic architecture from the Moorish heritage.

Address:
Alcazar de Seville
Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Plaza de Espana
A visit to Seville won’t be complete without going to Plaza de Espana, one of the major landmarks in Seville. The spacious landmark has an interesting mix of architecture with large water feature making it both instagrammable and historical spot.

Address:
Plaza de Espana
Av de Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

La Giralda
When exploring Sevilla, you can easily spot a huge iconic tower from a distance. The bell tower built in Moorish period is one of World Heritage Site registered by UNESCO and it has become one of the most important symbols of the city.

Address:
La Giralda
Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Metropol Parasol
For new modern spot, Metropol Parasol is an interesting place to visit with unique sculptural wooden structure. It features an archaeological museum, rooftop walkway, and viewpoint.

Address:
Metropol Parasol
Pl. de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Sevilla, Spain


CACERES

Caceres is one of world heritage cities in western Spain’s Extremadura region. Upon arriving you’ll be greeted by ancient old town vibes with medieval streets, cobbled streets, fortified houses and palaces.

Gran Hotel Don Manuel Atiram
Our hotel in Caceres is this modern refined hotel called Gran Hotel Don Manuel Atiram. It’s located within walking distance to the iconic Plaza Mayor de Caceres.

Address:
Gran Hotel Don Manuel Atiram
Calle San Justo, 15, 10003 Cáceres, Spain

Plaza Mayor de Caceres
Surrounded by ancient buildings and also restaurants/ cafes, Plaza Mayor de Caceres is one of the liveliest area in Caceres. It’s nice to have a walking tour around this area.

Many of the ancient towers are occupied nesting storks, the iconic birds that are associated with delivery babies according to fairy tales. That explains the festive bird festival at Plaza Mayor de Caceres during our visit.

Address:
Plaza Mayor de Caceres
10003 Cáceres

Parador de Turismo de Caceres
For dinner, we had several types of typical Spanish tapas to share. Major love for the beautiful presentation of their dessert.

Address:
Parador de Turismo de Caceres
Calle Ancha, 6, 10003 Cáceres, Spain


SALAMANCA
Here’s out last destination from the trip, Salamanca, another charming city that happens to be World Heritage City as well. It’s located in northwestern Spain known for its sandstone architecture as well as the university since it was the key intellectual center in the 15th-16th centuries.

First impression upon arriving, we love it! It was magnificently charming and we couldn’t wait to explore it.

 

Hotel Grand Hotel Don Gregorio
BEST hotel throughout the trip. In terms of location, service, room, and view, this hotel is flawless! It’s just too GORGEOUS!

Situated in former 15th-century palace, the hotel lobby is well-designed, it feels like we’re in the middle of movie set. The room itself is also comfy homey with wooden floor and stone wall but the best part has gotta be the view from our room, we can see Convent of St. Stephen a historic Dominican monastery clearly from the room, definitely not a kind of view you get everyday.

Address:
Hotel Grand Hotel Don Gregorio
Calle San Pablo, 80, 37008 Salamanca, Spain

DOZE Restaurante Premium Bar
Our lunch was at this casual and trendy restaurant and bar called Doze, it’s located in the shop and restaurant area close to Plaza Major. We had several tapas to share and main course, it was very enjoyable and palatable.

Address:
DOZE Restaurante Premium Bar
Plaza de la Isla de la Rúa, 3, 37002 Salamanca, Spain

Pontifical University of Salamanca
Salamanca has so many interesting places to explore with different architectural styles you’ll find yourself having an endless walk.

Our first destination was Pontifical University of Salamanca, one of the oldest institutions of all Europe and the whole world. We were awed by how well they preserved everything there, leaving us modern generation a rich cultural heritage.

Address:
Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
Calle Compañía, 5, 37002 Salamanca, Spain

Plaza Mayor De Salamanca
Plaza Mayor de Salamanca is one of the iconic destinations that happens to be one of the busiest parts of Salamanca.

Well known as one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain, it’s architecturally interesting to explore not to mention it’s also lined by shops, cafes, restaurants making it a must visit spot.

Address:
Plaza Mayor De Salamanca
37002 Salamanca

Las Tapas de Gonzalo
Our dinner venue on the first night in Salamanca was this gorgeous restaurant in Plaza Mayor De Salamanca. Inside the restaurant from 2nd floor, we got to see a complete view of Plaza Mayor De Salamanca which is a huge plus point for the restaurant. Food itself was also pleasant.

Address:
Las Tapas de Gonzalo
Plaza Mayor, 23, 37002 Salamanca, Spain

Universidad de Salamanca
The University of Salamanca is the oldest founded university in Spain and the third oldest university in the world in continuous operations.

The university is very spacious and has a deep sense of architectural culture, every corner is just beautiful with intricate details. You can explore it on your own but it would help much to have a guided walking tour.

Cielo de Salamanca inside the university is simply stunning, the beautiful ceiling has an exquisite painting of zodiac signs from 15th century.

Address:
Universidad de Salamanca
37008 Salamanca, Spain

Old and New Cathedral de Salamanca
Both old and new Cathedral of Salamanca are one of the most impressive and spectacular buildings we’ve visited. It’s so much more than just cultural venues, the details, the grandeur design, and the history will totally amaze you.

Don’t forget to climb Tower of the Cathedral since you’ll get an outstanding views of Salamanca from above.

Address:
Plaza Juan XXIII, s/n, 37008 Salamanca, Spain

Roman Bridge/ Puente Romano
If you have more time, take a walk to Puente Romano and enjoy the scenery around, a Roman bridge crossing the Tormes River on the banks of the city of Salamanca.

Address:
Puente Romano
Puente de Sánchez Fabrés, 37008 Salamanca, Spain

Restaurante El Alquimista
Our last dinner was at this wonderful place called El Alquimista. Unlike other restaurants we visited, El Alquimista is quite one of a kind place where they transform their dish into modern interpretations. We had 8-course dinner and each dish was new well-presented in detailed creative ways.

Address:
El Alquimista
Plaza de San Cristóbal, 6, 37001 Salamanca, Spain


Finally AnakJajan’ve reached the end of our Spain travel diary. Spanish people are very warm, friendly and definitely know how to enjoy their lives, they inspire us to live our lives fuller, to become a more sociable person and enjoy single every moment. Spain is indeed beautiful, the food, the people, the cultural heritage, the scenery, the blue sky, it’s a MUST VISIT destination at least once in a lifetime.

BIG THANKS to Cathay Pacific and Spain Tourism Board for giving us one of the MOST ENJOYABLE fam trips ever with enough time to relax and to enjoy every single moment. Special thanks to Chet, Luna and team for making it happen and also thanks to our new blogger friends for making it even more memorable. We left our hearts in Spain, thank you Spain for the wonderful memories. Te amo❤️

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2 thoughts on “[SPAIN] SEVILLE, CACERES, & SALAMANCA – Travel Diary + Itinerary”

  1. Hi! Your blog and your photos are amazing. I extremely love the quality of your photos. May I ask what cameras do you use in all your travels? Looking forward to your next post x

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