Local Area Information

Extremadura is often unfairly considered the poor relation amongst the Spanish provinces, being predominantly rural  with extremes of climate and generally poor soil. Although land-locked the province has two of Spain’s main rivers flowing through it (Tajo and Guardiana) with more lakes and reservoirs than any other province. This is still a largely unspoilt part of Europe and you can walk all day without meeting another person on many of the tracks and walking paths.

Over the centuries Extremadura has played an important role in regional and world history. It has been settled by Romans, Visigoths and Moors and it spawned the Conquistadores who changed the face of Central America. Much evidence remains of Extremadura's past and no visit to this area is complete without trips to see the Roman heritage of Mérida and the beautifully preserved historic centres of Cáceres and Trujillo. For those with an interest in the Peninsular War the fortified town of Ciudad Rodrigo, beautifully preserved and still showing the scars of its important role in that conflict, is also possible to visit on a day trip.

If you have a love of the outdoors, like walking or just want to get away from it all then the stunning scenery, magical birdlife and, in spring time, the profusion of wild flowers across the region will be a constant delight. Extremadura is renowned for its resident and migratory birdlife and is becoming increasingly popular with bird watchers - we are only 40 minutes drive from the Monfrague National Park. There is a multitude of rural paths and tracks in the region for walkers and an excellent, recently published book, by Gisela Radant Wood, provides maps and details of many local walks (Walking in Extremadura). Details and routes of walks further afield can be found on the wikiRutas website (see links below).

The small hill-top town of Montanchez, overlooked by its Moorish castle, is only 20 minutes drive by car and is famous for producing some of the best Jamon Iberico in Spain. Local markets in the villages are excellent sources of all manner of locally produced meats, cheeses and pastries (Productos Extremeños).

For golfers there is an excellent 18-hole golf course near Cáceres and a 9-hole course near Mérida (both about 40 minutes drive). Other activities in the area  include a good karting track (close by) and horse riding.

Beaches and water sports are available on some of the large reservoirs in Extremadura (Proserpina near Mérida and Orellana near Don Benito are just a couple) and we are hoping a new one near Almoharin (20 mins) will be opening in the summer of 2014).

Useful links:
http://www.extremaduraguide.com
http://www.visit-western-spain.com
http://www.spain.info
http://www.walkingextremadura.com
http://www.cacereskart.com/
http://www.wikirutas.es/

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