Extremadura is one of the autonomous communities located in Western Spain. The regional capital is Merida, while its component provinces are Caceres and Badajoz. It is bordered by Portugal to the west, Castile and Leon to the north, Andalusia to the south, and Castile-La Mancha to the east. The region is an important area for wildlife, particularly with the major reserve at Monfrague, which was designated as a National Park. It is also an important region of Roman heritage, as well as of Spanish history.
What to see & do
Badajoz – Badajoz is located on the south of the region, in western Spain. It is the largest province in the country, and is a land of contrasts. Its landscape features pastures dotted with holm oaks, in combination with mountains and Mediterranean forests. It is also the site of natural treasures such as the Cornalvo Nature Reserve. When visiting Badajoz, do not miss on checking the Arab citadels and historic Jewish quarters, as well as to explore the mudejar Route. Other places of interest include Zafra, Alburqyerqye, Jerez de Los Caballeros, Olivenza, and others. The traditional local gastronomy is also interesting here.
Merida – located in the heart of the Silver Route, Merida is heir to a splendid Roman past. Its theatre, amphitheatre, and its temple dedicated to the goddess Diana make the former capital of Roman Lusitania one of the best conserved archaeological sites in Spain, even earning it the declaration of World Heritage site. When visiting the place, make sure to check on the Temple of Diana and the Arch of Trajan, the Roman Bridge, the Roman dam of Proserpina, the Aqueduct of Los Milagros, and the Alcazaba, which is a significant example of Muslim architecture in the rather Romanesque landscape.
Gastronomy in Extremadura – when visiting the region, make sure to sample the delicacies that are prepared using traditional recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Meals, such as the lamb caldereta, gazpacho soup, ajoblanco soup, ropavieja, and meals from rabbits and partridges are big here, along with various sorts of Iberian hams.
Caceres – originally called Norba Caesarina, the city of Caceres was founded by the Romans in 34 BC, although it was not until the arrival of the Moors that the city enjoyed its era of greatest splendour. More than 10 towers dominate the historic quarter of Caceres, delimited by Arab walls. Cobbled streets marked by medieval fortified homes and Renaissance palaces make up the most beautiful sceneries in the city, which was declared World Heritage site. Within the city, do not miss the El Arco de la Estrella, the Plaza de Santa Maria, the Carvajal Palace, the Episcopal Palace, the Gothic Santa Maria Pro-cathedral, the Golfines de Abajo Palace, the San Mateo Church, and many others.
How to get around
To cover the whole of the region, travellers are advised to rent a car. Driving here is easy with paved roads, and most areas and destinations are reachable through these.
How to get there
The only airport in Extremadura is the Badajoz Airport. The Badajoz Airport is located 13 kilometres east of Badajoz, and is served by Air Europa with connections to Barcelona and Madrid.