Sights of Trujillo, Spain

We have been sightseeing for the past week in the autonomous province of Extremadura, Spain and staying in what was once a convent in the old Medieval fortress located on the highest hilltop in Trujillo.

The ancient fortress, most of which dates from the Moorish occupation in the 8th-12th centuries is quite well preserved. A number of the houses and buildings are still in use today. Romans began the construction of the hilltop fortress before the Visigoths took over the region. The Moors added walls and buildings and inhabited the hillside off and on for several hundred years until they were driven out by Christians from neighboring provinces in 1232 AD, and Trujillo was recognized by the Pope as an official city.
One of many gates to the upper parts of the fortress from the hilltop streets of Trujillo. All of the roads are cobblestone and the walls are made of native stone slabs and boulders.
A church and orchards in the upper level of the fortress.
Ramparts of the highest level of the fortress with four towers that provide spectacular 360 degree view of the town and surrounding countryside.
The square building in the center is the former convent where we stayed. We walked a little uphill and to the right of this photo to reach the town square, where restaurants and bars were located.
The Plaza was being prepped for the annual Cheese festival that takes place on the first of May. Music is from a local musician playing while I was taking the video.

Each morning we were greeted by a chorus of song from some of the local ”castle birds”…

Jackdaws were the first to greet us from the Juniper right outside our 3rd story window.
A Spotless Starling liked that tree as well, for early morning activity.
A Black Redstart (unrelated to our North American Redstart) could usually be found on the rock walls and light fixtures hunting insects.

After the rains on the plains in Spain …

the wildflowers bloom in great abundance, making the plains south of Trujillo a carpet of color!

Yellow daisy like flowers as far as one can see. Nearby one male Great Bustard (sort of like a turkey) strutted up and down showing off his feathers.
A White Stork grazing in the middle of the wildflower carpet, looking for frogs, snakes, mice, insects — really anything edible will do.
Iberian lavender is in bloom everywhere in the plains of Spain.
The shoreline of this small reservoir near Trujillo was a mass of small blossoms barely two inches tall.
Red poppies and a Red-legged Partridge!