Category Archive: Extremadura

Gourmet tours: Let cuisine be your guide

Most people know that Spain has excellent cuisine, always based on the freshest ingredients – and with plenty of fine wines to match any dish. But not so many people are aware of the incredible gastronomic diversity they will find in the different regions of the country. It’s hard to choose just one favorite, so […]

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Merida: A World Heritage City

Merida, the capital of Extremadura, was once also capital of the Roman province of Lusitania. Some of the most impressive and extensive Roman ruins in all of Spain bear evidence to this past, and have rightly earned Merida a World Heritage City designation by the UN. Merida’s Roman legacy Merida’s importance to the Romans was […]

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Holy Week in Extremadura

Spain is completely transformed during Semana Santa (Holy Week, or the week of Easter), with celebrations and processions that are filled with intensity and emotion. Day and night, the streets are filled with an eerily somber beating of the drums, masses of colorful flowers, centuries-old religious sculptures, and a highly moving atmosphere. The top destination […]

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Extremadura: Jarramplas festival

Every January in Extremadura, residents fill the streets of Piornal, eager to punish Jarramplas. The fellow who plays this devil-like character wears a carefully padded suit beneath his costume of colorful fabric strips and a frightening mask – essential protection, since Jarramplas walks the streets and beats a drum while residents hurl armloads of turnips […]

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Cáceres: World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival

In the heart of Extremadura, there is an unforgettable place: Cáceres. The cobbled medieval streets of this small and lively city offer delightful surprises around every corner. This will be especially true during May of 2018, when the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival returns to Cáceres with a stellar program of top […]

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Cáceres: A medieval city

Located in the heart of Extremadura in western Spain, Cáceres is a spectacular city of ancient cobbled streets lined with palaces, churches, and mansions. A rich history of Moors and Christians is reflected in the architecture, and visitors feel they’ve been transported back into the Middle Ages. Exploring the history Within its strong defensive walls, […]

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Springtime in Spain: The Jerte Valley

Every spring, visitors make the journey to the Jerte Valley near the city of Caceres in the Extremadura region of western Spain. They come to see the beautiful rolling hills covered in white, but there’s not a flake of snow in sight – the countryside is covered in cherry blossoms. The great bloom It only […]

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