It Rains In Spain

Introducing Extremadura

Caceres      Trujillo      Merida      Zafra

Guide to Extremadura Spain. It Rains in Spain.

When the history books talk of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, what they really mean in the Extremeño (extremaduran) conquest of the Americas. One side effect of agrarian dependence is forced migration during hard times in search of work and sustenance. Extremadura has played host to many waves of said emigration but none more important than that of the likes of Cortés and Pizarro who set sail to find their riches, and with it, the New World. The land they left behind is one of Spain’s greatest attractions, but quite possibly its least visited region. Geographical location and lack of air connections may just have done us all a favour.

Searingly hot in the summer, Extremadura bears many a resemblance to Andalucia. Hot, arid, agrarian and heavily influenced by the Muslims. The architecture of Extremadura can be read like a tale from History. Arab and Roman constructs abound, from the important Roman city of Mérida to the stunning, otherworldy old town of Caceres. The smaller towns of Zafra, Trujillo and Guadalupe are all examples of picture perfect old towns, and well worth your time.

To visit any part of Spain is a treat for the palate, but Extremadura deals in true quality. The unique Jamon de Bellota is a product of the region, with prized pigs only being fed the choicest acorns, and the local cheese, torta del casar is a creamy gooey treat ideally served with fresh bread. Extremadura is well named, featuring extremes of almost everything. Flat plains and rugged mountains, oppressive heat and bitter cold, historical wealth and grinding poverty. This truly is one of Spain’s last great untouched secrets.

Highlights of Extremadura

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