Tag Archive: Extremadura

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

The Silver Way: Spain from bottom to top

Starting in Seville, the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, the Silver Way (Via de la Plata) passes through the regions of Extremadura and Castilla y Leon before finishing at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. This astounding route reveals the true richness and diversity of Spanish culture and nature to trekkers. The long history of […]

Continue Reading

Theater in Spain: experience the classics

In the summer, Spanish towns, gardens and historic locations undergo a transformation. They come to life with the famous tales of Cervantes, Shakespeare, Sophocles… When night falls, these unique settings become stages for classical theater, bringing the magic of these universal stories and characters to audiences under the light of the moon. A perfect stage […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading