Trujillo, the most beautiful town in Spain (yes, another one!)

Heading south from the Jerte valley, we traversed Montfrague National Park.  Here we had an amazingly great close up up view of  the soaring  “buitres” , a raptor type bird which is about the size of an eagle from some cliffs high above a lake.

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Trujillo is another interesting walled fortress with a long and varied history dating back to the 10 th and 11 th centuries when it was built by the Arabs after they invaded Iberia and kicked out the disorganized Visigoths.  They ruled here for over 800 years and had an amazingly advanced society.  Trujillo also has a very well preserved castle/fortress (originally built by the Arabs and added onto by the Christians after they were expelled).  The famous conquistadors, the Pizarro brothers were from this town and returned after defeating the Incas and stealing all their gold to build themselves and their families some huge palaces to live in.  There appeared to be more than a few of these opulent but empty and rather run down palaces for sale throughout the town, although a few had been turned into “boutique” hotels.

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Pizarro's Palace. On the left side corner is an amazing carved shield depicting the story of his defeat of the Incas!
Pizarro’s Palace. On the left side corner is an amazing carved shield depicting the story of his defeat of the Incas!
Mark took this photo of the old Roman built entrance gate to the city. It is probably a kilometer from the walled town.
Mark took this photo of the old Roman built entrance gate to the city. It is probably a kilometer from the walled town and encased in the trappings of the new world….electric power lines!
One of the puertas in the city walls.
One of the puertas in the city walls.
Remains of an old Roman built chapel.
Remains of an old Roman built chapel.
The castle walls lit up.
The castle walls lit up.

imagePizarro doing the victory dance on his valiant steed!

One day we walked around the complete outside of the city walls and took in The views of surrounding countryside.
One day we walked around the complete outside of the city walls and took in The views of surrounding countryside.
One night on our wanderings through the cobbled streets we came across 'The Alberca
One night on our wanderings through the cobbled streets we came across ‘The Alberca” (swimming pool)
The arabesque entrance to the El Castillo.
The arabesque entrance to the El Castillo.
The Plaza Mayor under the full moon!
The Plaza Mayor under the full moon!
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