Cañaveral is a town located in the province of Cáceres and situated on the Vía de la Plata. It is an area of beautiful landscapes for lovers of hiking, simple and quiet life, with beautiful manor houses. It is presented in a unique environment, located in the context of the Monfragüe National Park.
What to see and do in Cañaveral
A walk through Canaveral
The first advisable plan to spend a day in this town is to take a simple stroll through its streets, where you can contemplate the typical Extremaduran landscape in every sense of the word. You can see the ancestral homes of the families of the powerful local agrarian oligarchy such as the Plasencia and Lancho families, as well as the old religious buildings and the beautiful natural surroundings.
As for the religious heritage, it is interesting to visit the Catholic parish church dedicated to Santa Marina. It is a late Gothic style temple, which was built in the 16th century. Also of interest is the hermitage of San Roque and the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Cabezón. The latter presents a medieval carving of the Virgin and Child.
The National Park of Monfragüe
This park is one of the points of greatest ornithological interest in the whole of Spain. Cañaveral is located precisely in this environment, so it is essential to reserve a moment to go into this natural focus of great beauty and relevance. Here you can see impressive birds such as the imperial eagle, the black stork or the black vulture. It was declared a Natural Park in 1979, ZEPA (Special Protection Area for Birds) in 1988, World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2003 and National Park in 2007.
In Cañaveral you can taste the typical dishes of the gastronomy of Extremadura, so if you have the opportunity it is ideal to make a short stop for lunch. Although there is not something typical of the town, you can find the traditional dishes of the community such as orange salad, migas or black pudding, it is also known the great quality of the limes.