Extramadura region

Extremadura consists of two Provinces: Caceres and Badajoz

Capital: Merida (Badajoz)

Extremadura is one of the most beautiful and least known regions of interior Spain. It contains beautiful cities and has been influenced by many different cultures: Roman, Moorish and Medieval. Extremadura’s landscapes are characterised by the mountain ranges Cordillera Central, Montes de Toledo and Sierra Morena and the plains and fertile valleys of the rivers Tajo and Guadiana. The areas climate has hot summers, with temperatures well over 30 C, and quite cold winters. Extremadura has several natural parks and reserves, especially in the valleys of its two important rivers. This region remains undiscovered by mass tourism,

Cities: Merida: Mérida was one of the most important cities in Roman Spain and today retains a wide selection of monuments from that era: a well-preserved theatre, an amphitheatre, villas, a triumphal arch, a temple and an aqueduct can all be seen. There is also the Museum of Roman Art with its invaluable collection. Merida

Caceres: The capital of Upper Extremadura has a beautiful old quarter, enclosed by Moorish town walls with great watch-towers. Additional attractions include some exceptional Renaissance palaces.

Trujillo: The birthplace of famous conqueror Pizarro is well known for its beautiful main square. There is also a medieval castle and well-preserved town-walls with seven doors.

Guadalupe: This beautiful town is dominated by a colossal Mudejar style monastery which preserves valuable works of art.

Plasencia: Plasencia has a historic quarter that is a consequence of the city’s strategic location along the Silver Route, or Ruta de la Plata. This is a beautiful town with a Gothic-Plateresque cathedral, medieval town-walls and several palaces.

Badajoz: Owing to its position the city enjoys a considerable transit trade with Portugal; its other industries include the manufacture of linen, woollen and leather goods, and pottery. The capital of Lower Extremadura is worth a visit thanks to its Moorish Alcazaba, town-walls and watch-towers.

Food and Cuisine of the Region: As with the rest of central Spain, Extremadura has a plentiful supply of game – wild boar, pheasant, partridge, and hare – and these ingredients are the base of many local dishes and hearty stews. The region also produces a splendid variety of cold meats, cured hams, sausages and chorizo. Local dishes include: el frite – fried lamb flavoured with garlic, onion, lemon and paprika, gazpacho de pastorgazpatchio – an individual game tartlet and pollo al padre Pero – chicken braised in pepper and tomato sauce. There is also a variety of local cakes and buns, such as the almond-based furrinillas.