Bordered to the west by Portugal and to the north and south by mountain ranges, Extremadura is Spain’s best-kept secret - a land rich in history, architectural splendour and natural beauty. Although not totally undiscovered by tourists, the northern areas are probably Spain’s least known gems and far enough off the beaten track to give you a genuine sense of exploration. It’s a perfect area for those who like exploring remote river valleys, old-fashioned villages, narrow roads and mountain paths.
We have selected a number of casas rurales and small hotels that are ideally placed to let you discover this beautiful region. Some are to be found in the hilltop villages sprinkled across the Sierras, some are close to the historic city of Cáceres, whilst others stand proudly isolated surrounded only by forests and orchards.
The Parque Natural De Monfragüe, the only protected natural area in Extremadura and a very important refuge for flora and fauna, will delight nature lovers. Over 200 species of wildlife can be found here, including the Spanish pardel lynx, the black stork, the golden eagle and the eagle owl, plus many other spectacular birds of prey, including the rare black vulture. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Extremadura is also well known for its gastronomy - the cuisine being based on local produce. Expect tasty wholesome dishes but nothing too complicated. The emphasis is firmly on quality and freshness rather than elaborate preparation. It is pig country and that means some of the best hams in Spain; the most expensive coming from those pigs fed on an acorn only diet. Well known too is the local wine - pitarra. Try the other specialities, which include chestnuts, cherries, desserts, liqueurs and honey products. Outside the village shops you will notice examples of basketwork, pottery and hand made furniture, products of the old crafts still practised and very much alive in Extremadura.
Extremeños, the people of Extemadura, are known for their hospitality and locals are pleased to see, though hardly surprised, outsiders admiring their homeland. There are few places like it. With so much around you steeped in history and tradition, don’t be surprised to feel yourself stepping out of the 20th century.