Lodged between the romanticism of Andalusia to the south and the allure of Portugal to the west, Extremadura is Spain’s greatest unknown. Home to some of the most remarkable medieval towns in southern Spain and splendidly well-preserved Roman ruins, this is a region full of wonders begging to be explored.
The region is divided into two provinces. To the north, Cáceres is notorious for its rich landscape, quaint medieval architecture and national parks. The province of Badajoz in the south has some truly impressive remnants of its glorious Roman past as well as a magnificent Classical cultural festival.
Extremadura has distinct seasons with dry hot summers, rainy springs and frosty winters. Winter visitors will need warm clothing whilst summer guests are advised to pack a light jacket to wear in the evenings.
A land of bright skies, vast plains and forgotten corners, Extremadura will delight those who want to be away from the tourist trail and discover the real Spain.
Holiday in Extremadura
Nature-lovers will find a myriad of secluded valleys and rolling hills amongst wonderful hiking trails in northern Extremadura. Monfragüe national park is a paradise for birdwatchers and walkers with quaint refugios to rest and enjoy the superb landscape. The 14th century monastery in Guadalupe is well worth a visit with its intricate cloister and elaborate architecture.
In Cáceres, you can marvel at the rich mix of cultures that indicate the city’s rich historical past. A walk around its narrow cobblestoned streets and ancient walls will transport you back to medieval times and will delight the youngest in the family. Cáceres’ Old Quarter is a wonderful mix of ochre city walls, ancient palaces and ornate churches. After a wonderful day exploring its many quaint hidden corners don’t forget to treat yourself to some tasty local specialties such as torta de Casar, a deliciously creamy cheese.
No trip to Extremadura is complete without a visit to Mérida, a city where you will discover the most extensive and imposing Roman ruins in all of Spain. The Teatro Romano, which dates to 15 BC was built to accommodate a forum of 6.000 spectators and still conserves its dramatic backdrop of Corinthian stone pillars. There is an adjoining amphitheatre where gladiator tournaments took place that will allow your children’s imagination to run wild. After a relaxing tapas break in one of its many bars, don’t forget to visit the Roman bridge, where you will enjoy unsurpassed views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Renting holiday accommodation in Extremadura
With Extremadura being so far off the tourist trail, your best bet is to rent holiday accommodation. A holiday apartment will give you the freedom to plan your visit the way you want it and the luxury of having your own space. Extremadura’s welcoming local people will be delighted to learn that you’ve chosen their stunning region for your holiday. A hotel is not such an attractive option when you can enjoy your very own holiday accommodation in which you can put your feet up after a long day out and about hiking, climbing castles and discovering Roman architecture.
Only the locals will be able to tell you where to find the most delicious asador to sample the juiciest meats, or the local tasca to enjoy the finest tapas in town. And of course, having your very own holiday rental means that you can always do a load of laundry before heading out the next day to visit that charming little village that your neighbour mentioned over a glass of wine.