Extremadura is definitely one of Spain’s best kept travel secrets. The region is in the west of the country bordering Portugal. Extremadura is an inviting mix of scenic meadows, mountain ranges and panoramic fields.
For centuries the land has remained unchanged, which makes it a perfect destination for travelers who want to get off the beaten track.
There are many great cities to visit, superb hotel options, outstanding areas of natural beauty, and interesting eateries with good local wine and some delicious ham. Located away from the coast, Extremadura’s climate is simple, hot summers and cold winters.
Two of the highlights of Extremadura are Trujillo and Merida, although there are many more fascinating destinations that you can explore. If you like mixing old with new then Caceres is perfect.
Dating from the 1st century, Caceres has grown into a modern town, yet keeping its traditional mixture of history and culture. Even if history doesn’t interest you, you will still be impressed with the Arab and Roman, and the beautiful Gothic cathedral is breathtaking.
Nature lovers should head to the Monfrague Natural Park, where you can see some of the rarest birds of prey and eagles in the world. You will find over 200 different types of animals and birds in the park including the extremely rare Spanish lynx.
The Parador hotels are the places to stay and have been built in conjunction with the ancient buildings themselves, such as monasteries and castles and are the ultimate in luxury and offer a feeling of being part of the heritage. A good way to cover as many parts as possible in Extremadura would be to take a self drive tour.
Aeropuerto de Badajoz, ( Badajoz Airport) is the local airport and is an located 13 km east of Badajoz, a city in Extremadura. The airport shares a runway and control tower with the Base Aérea de Talavera la Real (Talavera la Real Air Base), which is an air base for the Spanish Air Force, named after the nearby municipality of Talavera la Real.