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Introducing Extremadura

Visiting Extremadura is a journey into the heart of old Spain, from the country’s finest Roman ruins to beautiful medieval cities and villages. Mérida, Cáceres and Trujillo rank among the country's best-preserved historical settlements, while extremeño hamlets have a timeless charm, from the remote hills of the north to beguiling Zafra on the cusp of Andalucía in the south.

Relatively few foreign travellers make it this far. Spaniards, however, know it as a place to sample some of inland Spain's finest food, especially roasted meats, the pungent and creamy Torta del Casar cheese and the finest jamón from Monesterio. If food is your thing, you'll love it here.

And this is a region of big skies and vast swathes of sparsely populated land with isolated farmhouses. Wooded sierras rise along the region's northern, eastern and southern fringes, while the raptor-rich Parque Nacional de Monfragüe is arguably Extremadura's most dramatic corner.