Are you going to travel to the province of Cáceres and don't want to miss any of its essentials? Then there is no question that you must visit the town of Hervás, a unique corner surrounded by nature and with a lot of historical heritage that you have to know.
It is considered one of the most beautiful villages of the Ambroz Valley and there is a reason why, since this village keeps great secrets that we want to discover you right now. Once you set foot in Hervás, you will not want to leave it.
It is a village that began to be built from a hermitage and to give shelter to their faithful devotees, the Templars began to build different settlements around this hermitage, resulting in the village that we know nowadays.
But, which are the essentials of Hervás? If you travel to this town, there are two things you should not miss.
The first of these is undoubtedly its Jewish quarter, made up of small streets and narrow, steep passages that will take you back to the time when it was the place of residence of the Jews living in Hervás. And this is demonstrated by the different Stars of David that are represented on all these roads. A place that deserves strolled around calm and peacefully and enjoying the essence of a perfectly preserved Jewish quarter, like few others are.
Another element to be visited are the Convent of the Trinitarians, of which the church of San Juan Bautista forms part, with numerous altarpieces that date back to the Baroque period. Also the church of Santa María, at the highest spot and built on the ruins of the old Castle of Hervás. Take advantage of your visit to this area to enjoy the views from its viewpoint.
The civil heritage is headed by the Palacio de los Dávila, of baroque style and where the Museum of Enrique Pérez Comendador is currently located. This sculptor was born in Hervás and his works became very popular during the Franco regime.
If nature is more your thing, this town in Cáceres offers you authentic magic in the form of waterfalls, as is the case with La Chorrera, another must see of this list. However, this is not all of it, since Hervás has a protected landscape of great beauty: the Galician chestnut grove, which you can visit without any problems, as there are several hiking routes that will give you a tour around this landmark of nature.
If you travel at the beginning of the year you can enjoy one of its emblematic festivals such as those held to honour of San Antón, popular for blessing animals. If you do it in September, you will surely be able to experience one of its star festivals: the Festival of Cristo de la Salud, in honour of the patron saint after which it is named.
And of course, like in any other place in the world, the gastronomy here is part of its culture, which in this case is also closely linked to the festivities. One of its most characteristic products is the San Antón bun, a bread stuffed with a chorizo omelette that delights all those who enjoy its festivities.
Due to the presence of different cultures, any traditional menu from Hervás will show its Arab and Sephardic influences, included in recipes with typical foods from Extremadura, such as pork or lamb. Among its typical recipes we highlight the chanfaina, migas or the traditional caldereta from Extremadura. And, to add the final touch, sweets such as floretas, pestiños or perrunillas.
So, when are you coming to Hervás?