Wander into the Plaza Mayor and you could be forgiven for thinking that you have stumbled onto the filmset of a historical blockbuster. The square is surrounded by baroque and Renaissance stone buildings topped with a skyline of towers, turrets, cupolas, crenellations and nesting storks. Beyond, the illusion continues with a labyrinth of mansions, leafy courtyards, fruit gardens, churches and convents. Trujillo truly is one of the most captivating small towns in Spain.
Hometown of many prominent conquistadors, Trujillo came into its own only after the colonisation of the Americas. Then, Francisco Pizarro and his cronies enriched their birthplace with a grand plaza and series of impressive Renaissance palaces that make the town what it is today.