Extremadura

Trip Start Jul 22, 2004
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Trip End Aug 14, 2004


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Sunday, August 8, 2004

Extremadura is finally beginning to emerge from a long, long sleep. It has always been one of the poorest and emptiest corners of Spain, and the conquistadores were just the first in a long line of Extremadurian exiles who have been forced to find a better life elsewhere.
Renaissance cities of Cáceres and Trujillo, built with silver and gold from the Americas, and ancient Mérida, one of the most important cities in the whole Roman Empire, are beginning to feature on tourist itineraries.
But much of the region remains incredibly unspoilt.
Extremadura's landscapes are characterized by the mountain ranges Cordillera Central, Montes de Toledo and Sierra Morena, the plains and fertile valleys of the rivers Tajo and Guadiana, and the plain lands of Low Extremadura.
We visited Guadalupe, Trujillo and Cáceres.
Guadalupe - This beautiful town is dominated by a colossal Mudejar style monastery. Guadalupe is also a good base for walkers, with countless trails heading out into the surrounding Sierras.
Trujillo - The birthplace of the famous conqueror Pizarro is well known for its beautiful main square. There are also a great medieval castle and the well-preserved town-walls with seven doors.
Cáceres - The capital of Upper Extremadura has a beautiful old quarter, enclosed by Moorish town walls with great watch-towers. Additional attractions include some exceptional Renaissance palaces.
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