Extremadura tours. Visit Extremadura
International Tagus. Spain-Portugal border
Extremadura it is one of Spain’s undiscovered regions, rich in culture, nature and local tradition. It's located in southwest of Spain, offering a rare combination of lush forests, majestic mountains and sweeping plains, peppered with towns where visitor still can find a pure and genuine way of life.
This ancient region offers a setting full of contrasts where the natural heritage has merged over the centuries with a historical-artistic legacy which dates back to over a thousand years ago. It has much to attract history buffs, bird-watchers, and those who simply wish to wander discovering this region.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Extremadura is the fourth-largest region of Spain, but the least populated. As a result, Extremadura –which stretches from the Gredos and Gata mountains to the border of Andalucia, and from Castille to the Portuguese border– is as close as modern Spain gets to an unspoilt natural heritage.
The region is crossed from east to west by two important rivers: the Guadiana and the Tajo (known in English as the Tagus). The first one wends across to Merida and Badajoz then southwards, marking the frontier with Portugal; the second one crosses Portugal and meets the Atlantic just beyond Lisbon. The Tagus also feeds the huge Alcantara reservoir (Tajo international park nowadays) the largest in western Europe, giving Extremadura more "inland" coast than any other region in western Europe.
Alcántara Roman Bridge
Culturally, Extremadura is rich with the legacy of the various civilizations that have prevailed in the Iberian peninsula. Its cuisine, festivals and local traditions have survived over centuries and are still forming part of everyday life. Historical towns and villages, where the legacy of the past is still visible today.
The Romans were first to leave a permanent mark on the towns of Extremadura, although the Moorish influence is evident in much of the architecture. Founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, Merida was once capital of the province of Lusitania, as it shows. Nowhere in Spain can you see more Roman remains –an amphitheatre, villas, burial grounds, Temple of Diana and theatre. Medieval monuments, Towering Castles and Monasteries.