Extremadura is an autonomous community of Spain that borders Castile and Leon in the north, Castile-La Mancha in the east, Andalusia in the south, and Portugal in the west.
Merida is the capital of the autonomous community.
It is an important area for wildlife, particularly for the large nature reserve of Montfragüe. It has a Mediterranean climate, except for the north, where the climate is continental, with cold winters and hot summers, and for the west, where the climate is influenced and made milder by the Atlantic Ocean.
Extremadura is one of the places with the greatest number of birds. Many species of bird nest here like the vulture, the griffon vulture, golden eagle, the imperial eagle. In the vicinity of the waterways can be seen: gray heron, purple heron, and many species of ducks.
Three cities of Extremadura are considered a World Heritage Site: Caceres, Merida and Guadalupe.
- Walking for the streets of Cáceres is like taking a trip through time from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
- In Mérida there are traces of the ancient Roman Empire, as the Roman Theatre, where we celebrate the Classical Theatre Festival; the Amphitheatre; the Aqueduct of miracles; the Arch of Trajan, the Roman Bridge, the Circus or the Temple of Diana.
- Guadalupe is a spiritual and artistic centre, in his monastery there is the Virgin of Guadalupe, patroness of Extremadura, and works by Zurbarán and Mudejar art.
Places of historical interest
- In Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz) were born explorer Hernando de Soto that he travelled to the Yucatan and Florida across the Pacific; Vasco Núñez de Balboa, who discover the Mar del Sur (known as the Pacific Ocean) and other lands.
- In Valencia de Alcántara it took place the marriage of Isabella the Catholic and the king of Portugal.
- In the monastery of Guadalupe there are the tombs of Enrique IV and María de Portugal. For more information on places related to Isabella the Catholic please visit web: http://www.rutadeisabellacatolica.es/
Other places to visit
- Zafra, Medina de las torres or los Santos de Maimona. In Alange there are spas, declared historic-artistic monument.
- The lands of the Grand Lake Alqueva for sports activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing, trekking.
- For bird watchers, in Valle del Ambroz you can see different types of birds.
- In Guijo de Granadilla you can visit the house-museum of the poet Gabriel y Galán.
Silver route (Ruta de la Plata)
It was a very important route in the Roman Empire; They passed through merchandise, troops, traders and travelers. It extends from Mérida to Astorga and offers wonderful natural landscapes along the way.
Along the Silver Route you can learn about: Plasencia, Baños de Montemayor (locality famous for its Roman era spa waters), or the Roman city of Cáparra.