Extremadura

Extremadura – Best 2 cities and more

To see Extremadura – “The poor relative”

The easiest to reach from Portugal, amidst the Spanish provinces, Extremadura is also one of the poorest and least touristy of all.
Badajoz was for decades, famous in Portugal for its candies, and everything else was unknown or skipped travelling further.
However, Mérida and Cáceres are very interesting cities deserving an express trip.

Trujillo, that I visited only once “centuries” ago also deserves to be visited, while Zafra, in the way to Seville, and Valência de Alcântara in a less used itinerary also justify a stop or detour.

Cáceres

Caceres
Caceres

I’ve been in Cáceres in the seventies, with a so bad experience that, for 46 years I ignored the city.
Recently, needing to pass nearby, and having read interesting comments about it, I decided to have a new approach.
Well, the new image was clearly better, and Cáceres revealed itself as a very interesting city.
I will write about it in a specific page, but… that will take some time…

Mérida

Merida
Merida

Mérida is a city (small in Spanish scale) near the Portuguese border, concentrating excellent signs of remote history, sharing Visigoth, Roman and Muslim monuments. 
Easy to visit in a single day, of course it may demanda longer stay for those who want a deeper study of the many important sites spreading across the city.

Plasencia

Plasencia
Plasencia

After discovering the most interesting destinations in Extremadura, I was curious, upon returning from a trip to the north of Spain, to dedicate some time to the more discreet cities in the province. Plasencia clearly stood out on a tour where I also enjoyed Coria, and passed without history through Zarza la Mayor, Moraleja and Valencia de Alcântara.