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an autonomous community of Spain. It includes the provinces of Cáceres
and Badajoz. Some important cities are Cáceres, Badajoz, Plasencia
and Mérida, the capital of the autonomous community. Extremadura
borders Portugal to the west. It is an important area for wildlife, particularly
with the major reserve at Monfragüe. Badajoz and Cáceres
are, respectively, the largest and second-largest provinces of Spain.
The area contains some fascinating Roman ruins, especially at Mérida.
is a Place with Distinguished Landscapes
Extremadura is located between Portugal
and Madrid and is regarded as the best kept secret of the country Spain.
This terrain is absolutely a rich natural glory that has all the ingredients
of unspoilt cultural and natural heritage.... read
Holidays - Merida, Badajoz & Caceres Attractions and Activities
Extremadura is located in southwest
Spain bordering Portugal and the regions of Castilla & Leon, Castilla
La Mancha and Andalucia. It consists of the two provinces Badajoz and Caceres,
which are respectively the largest and second-largest provinces in Spain..
map of Extremadura
Extremadura is a Place with
Distinguished Landscapes by Andrew Gibson
Extremadura is located between
Portugal and Madrid and is regarded as the best kept secret of the country
Spain. This terrain is absolutely a rich natural glory that has all the
ingredients of unspoilt cultural and natural heritage. The cities' cultural
and historical heritage is the legacy of numerous civilizations that lived
in the Iberian civilizations.
||One can have lively experience
of festivals, enjoy local traditions and gastronomy that have survived
here for centuries and are still integral part of everyday life. Be it
hospitality or tourism amenities, all is well done that make the entire
vacations a spellbound experience.
The setting of Extremadura,
Spain on the Portuguese border makes it a special place for families and
couples to come and rent self catering villas, plenty with pools to cool
off in the heat of the summer.
The picturesque locations
and historical monuments will transform the entire trip into a pleasant
experience. This is all because Extremadura is land with plenty of natural
landscapes, lakes and rivers.
Some of the eminent and often
visited attractions include Monfrague, Cornalvo, La Raya and Merida
among others. All these sites have been crowned by UNESCO with the title
of world heritage sites and that is why grab attention worldwide.
Extremadura is simply an
exotic place for activities like bird watching as we can have close up
views of bird populations such as black strokes, great bustards, black
storks, vultures and imperial eagles. One can even never forget to mention
about the hundreds of cranes arriving from Scandinavia every winter. That
is why if you want to have awesome bird views, nothing can be called better
place than Extremadura.
|As far as gastronomy is
concerned, the quality of gastronomy available in Extremadura is excellent.
That is why it has special place in the list of itinerary of this nation
and vacationers traveling here are always excited to enjoy it. And when
we talk about food, this region is specially recognized for its delightful
The best art of the food
prepared here is that it is kept healthy and natural as people in Extremadura
are far more concerned about their health and fitness. We can also get
excellent cheese, lambs and beef that are mouthwatering. You can also enjoy
food prepared with red wine, white wine, paprika, honey and olive oil.
In fact, it is said, Extremadura
is a region where the latest traditions and cultural traditions are blended
in a beautiful mix that can captivate the hearts of travelers in a blissful
Extremadura is world known
for holding events in the areas of literature, cinema, theatre, folklore
and music and the best part is that these events are organized in the ambience
of historic centers, castles and arched squares of town.
Some of the popular festivals
and events are festival Womad, Spanish festival of music, La conversion
Hebrea, street festival of theatres, flamenco week, folk festival, Caceres
theatre festival, international festival for folk, estivalia and plasencia
festival for folk culture.
If you are interested in
horse riding, this place can provide you distinguish pleasure as the horses
are well trained for the purpose of riding and they even show hospitality
to a great extent. So, if you are looking forward to have rocking time
during vacations, Extremadura, Spain can definitely be your cup of tea.
There is a great selection
of holiday villas and houses for rental in the Extremadera region of Spain
that make it a great area for families wanting to rent in which to explore
the beauty and culture of this area of Spain.
Holidays - Merida, Badajoz & Caceres Attractions and Activities
by Steve Greenwood
Extremadura is located in
southwest Spain bordering Portugal and the regions of Castilla & Leon,
Castilla La Mancha and Andalucia. It consists of the two provinces Badajoz
and Caceres, which are respectively the largest and second-largest provinces
in Spain. Extremadura is the poorest region in Spain and is also one of
the least visited. It is also one of the most beautiful with a landscape
consisting of plains, mountains, meadows of cork oaks and fields of stone
and lime. Many of the famous Spanish conquerors (Conquistadors) were born
here who later went on to settle in America naming many of the new cities
with those from towns in Extremadura.
Merida capital of Extremadura
||Merida is in the province
of Badajoz and was founded by the Romans in 25 BC to become the capital
of their western province of Lusitania. It lies at the Roman crossroads
that link Toledo with Lisbon and Salamanca with Seville. Merida has one
of the most outstanding collections of Roman monuments in Europe. The most
incredible is the Roman Theatre with a magnificent colonnaded stage wall
and a capacity for up to 6,000 people. During the summer months, the theatre
is often used for drama productions and festivals.
By the side of the Theatre
can be found a remarkable elliptical Roman Amphitheatre. It had the capacity
to hold up to 15,000 spectators who were entertained with chariot races
and gladiatorial contests of strength. At times the arena was even flooded
for re-enactments of victorious sea battles.
Located just over the road
is the National Museum of Roman Art, a modern building that contains beautiful
collections of Roman sculptures, artefacts, paintings, locally minted coins
Badajoz is the largest province
in Spain and is bordered by the provinces of Caceres, Cordoba, Seville,
Ciudad Real, and Huelva. The landscape throughout the region appears quite
desolate with slightly undulating hills and vast open spaces. It has one
large river called the Guadiana, which traverses the north of the province
from east to west. Most of the year the river can be crossed quite easily
as only at certain times does the river swell to cover the riverbed. The
climate in Badajoz region varies between fiercely hot during the summer
months and extreme cold in the winter.
The Main Square (Plaza Major)
is the best place to start in Caceres from which to explore the labyrinth
of streets that are lined with imposing buildings. Passing through the
old city walls via the Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch) can be found Plaza
de Santa Maria where the Cathedral de Santa Maria can be found. The cathedral
is Gothic in design, and this is where many of the Conquistadors are buried.
There are many grand looking palaces situated around the Plaza and some
of the most appealing shops in Caceres can be found on the streets radiating
Further up the hill on Plaza
de las Veletas, can be found the Museo de Caceres (City Museum). The Museum
contains a wonderful collection of prehistoric and Roman artefacts, along
with a 17th century Arab Cistern with a preserved baroque facade. Also
on this square is the Palacio de la Cigüeñas (House of the
Storks) distinguished by it's tower. On top of many rooftops and bell towers
in Caceres can be seen many storks nests who have for many years made the
city their home too.
Summer temperatures in Extremadura
are typically intense with spring and autumn offering the best weather
to visit. The region is a popular destination for outdoor activities and
sports with many Spaniards visiting to hunt in the forests, fish in the
many reservoirs and ride horses along ancient routes. The reservoirs also
offer a multitude of water sports and are a great substitute for the region
having no beaches.
Extremadura Hotels and Paradores:
Hotels - Cáceres
Hotels - Cáceres
Province Hotels - Guadalupe
Hotels - Jarandilla
de la Vera Hotels - Mérida
Hotels - Plasencia
Hotels - Trujillo
Hotels - Zafra
Accommodation - Self-Catering/B&B in Extremadura:
Caceres - Fuentes
de Leon, Badajoz -