Discover the remnants of a Roman colony, tour centuries-old buildings and go wildlife spotting when you vacation in this fascinating region in western Spain.
Roman ruins, medieval cities, ancient towers and fortified mansions make Extremadura a place with an important historical heritage. It is also a wild region of dramatic landscapes with remote mountains, dense forests and expansive grasslands. Hike to the top of a rugged peak, tour an Arab citadel and sit in a Roman amphitheater.
Extremadura consists of Spain’s two largest provinces, Cáceres and Badajoz, and it is rich with monuments to the past. Travel to Mérida, the region’s capital, for its many historical sights. Tour the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, a Roman archeological site that includes an amphitheater, temples, a forum and other structures. Learn more about the early city inhabitants at the National Museum of Roman Art.
Wander down the cobbled streets of the Old Town of Cáceres, past medieval homes and Renaissance palaces, and climb up the ancient Bujaco Tower. While in the city of Badajoz, visit the 12th-century Alcazaba and St. John the Baptist Cathedral, which was constructed starting in the 13th century.
Extremadura is a region of spectacular scenery, with more than 60 protected natural areas. Tackle trails that follow the Tagus River in the Tagus International Nature Reserve. Hike up the mountain peaks of the Extremadura Geological Park, practice watersports at the Orellana Reservoir and go bird watching in the forests and mountains and near the streams of Monfragüe National Park.
A visit to the region is not complete without sampling its produce. Extremadura is known for its Iberian hams, goat cheeses and spicy chorizo pork sausage. Accompany your meal with a bottle of red, white or rosé wine produced in the vineyards of Badajoz.
Extremadura's only airport is Badajoz Airport, a few miles east of the city. This domestic airport connects with other Spanish cities, such as Barcelona and Madrid. Travel between the region's main towns by rental car, bus or train to experience the best of its architecture, history and scenic splendor.