Any traveller who comes to discover this land will experience the sensation at every turn, of witnessing history first-hand.
Its capital, Mérida, was founded more than 2,000 years ago and has preserved one of the best kept archaeological sites of the Roman Era, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Moviegoers will be interested to know that this city (Augusta Emerita, in Latin) was the home longed for by the famous Gladiator in the film by Ridley Scott.
Its magnificent Roman theatre is World famous, where Mérida’s International Classical Theatre Festival is celebrated every summer.
Continuing along our walk through history, we come to the city of Cáceres, whose old town, which is also a World Heritage Site, is a monumental example of a medieval city.
You can also find the unforgettable Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, which holds inside the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who is Patron of Extremadura and Queen of Hispanidad, due to the devotion to her throughout Hispanic America.
This close connection between Extremadura and America goes back more than 500 years, as this region gave birth to some of the greatest conquerors such as Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro and Orellana, to name a few. Interestingly, the imposing city of Trujillo, where the last two were born, served as a setting for filming the TV series, Game of Thrones, alongside other areas of the region.
The splendour of its artistic and cultural heritage merges with its natural beauty. The Monfragüe National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, as it is a passing spot for migration into other latitudes.
And at the beginning of spring, more than 1.5 million cherry trees bloom in the famous Jerte Valley, painting it white in an unforgettable visual spectacle.