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Extremadura

Our verdict:

Widely overlooked by visitors to Spain when compared with regions such as Andalucia or Catalonia, Extremadura's low profile lies at the heart of its appeal. Sitting between Madrid and mid-Portugal, it offers a rich mix of historic architecture (Roman to Renaissance, Moorish to Gothic), national parks teeming with birdlife, medieval walled towns and hearty food and wine.

Recommended tour operator: Sunvil

Sunvil says

Think of holiday spots in Spain and our guess is that Merida, Garrovillas, Cáceres, Jarandilla, Trujillo and Guadalupe won’t be top of mind.

  • Characterful hotels
  • Off the beaten track
  • Historic cities & towns

These fascinating and historic towns and cities are all to be found in the region of Extremadura. We think it’s Spain’s hidden treasure, perfect for a touring holiday.

This largely rural region of Spain spreads west from Madrid towards Portugal with Seville and Madrid the most convenient airports. You’ll find Roman amphitheatres, medieval walled towns and cities, tumbling rivers in lush national parks and a mix of Roman, Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Add to that wine- and olive-tasting, delicious hearty cuisine (not least the Jamon Iberico which originates here) and warm hospitality and you have all the ingredients for an authentic taste of the real Spain.

The best way to discover the region is on one of our fly-drive holidays – we arrange your flights, a hire car and accommodation each evening with helpful sightseeing notes and directions throughout. Exciting Extremadura is an eight-night holiday travelling from Seville to Madrid with stays in characterful and historic Paradors in Zafra, Cáceres, Guadelupe and Plasencia.

Our ten-night Exploring Extremadura self-drive trip takes a similar route with accommodation in traditional Hospederias. These hotels are all highly individual, ranging from historic buildings in the heart of historic towns to more contemporary rural settings. They are generally four-star quality.

If you want to explore even further afield, we have created a one week fly-drive from Faro which combines Extremadura with The Alentejo region of Portugal – it’s a fascinating combination.

Our expert team can tailor make any itinerary to suit your interests and time frame. We offer a wide choice of accommodation which includes elegant stately homes, magnificent Paradors, charming Hospederias and even these self-catering apartments in a converted 18th-century building in Cáceres’ old town.

Find out more about our holiday ideas in Extremadura.

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