Top ChoiceFortress in Badajoz

Alcazaba

Badajoz' majestic 12th-century, 8-hectare Alcazaba, the largest in Spain, lords over the city above the Plaza Alta. Guarding all is the Torre de Espantaperros (Scare-Dogs Tower), symbol of Badajoz, constructed by...

Tapas in Badajoz

Cervecería El Campañón

Generous, wide-ranging, well-priced tapas, raciones and mains reel in the loyal locals at this energetic family-run tapas haunt and sit-down restaurant on the west of the Río Guadiana. It mixes uncomplicated...

Grill in Badajoz

Papabuey

Succulent meats grilled to perfection are the key to astounding success at this busy little asador (restaurant specialising in roasted meats), just off Plaza de España. Carnivores will drool over the meat-packed...

Tapas in Badajoz

La Casona Alta

With chairs on Badajoz' coolest square and a buzzy bar area with barrel tables, La Casona Alta lets you choose from a healthy menu of standard raciones or more substantial Moroccan-influenced dishes.There's a...

Gallery in Badajoz

Museo de Bellas Artes

This excellent fine-arts gallery displays works by Zurbarán, Morales, Goya, Picasso and Dalí, plus particularly striking pieces by Badajoz-born artists Felipe Checa (19th century) and Antonio Juez Nieto (20th...

Square in Badajoz

Plaza Alta

At the top of the old town, beneath the walls of the Alcazaba, is the unusual Plaza Alta, dating to 1681, framed on its east side by the strikingly bold, deep-red-and-white, Moorish-inspired Casas Coloradas.

Carnival in Badajoz

Carnaval

Badajoz' colour-bursting Carnaval celebrations and street parties have been kicking on since (at least) the 19th century and are among Spain's most elaborate and popular.

Portuguese in Badajoz

Cocina Portuguesa

You're practically in Portugal, so why not try some cross-border cuisine? This homestyle family restaurant, just off the Plaza de España, specialises in good, big portions of bacalao (cod), seafood arroces (rice...

Museum in Badajoz

Museo Arqueológico Provincial

Within the Alcazaba grounds, a restored Renaissance palace houses the Museo Arqueológico Provincial, crammed with Extremaduran artefacts from prehistoric times through to Roman, Islamic and medieval Christian...

Tapas in Badajoz

El Claustro

El Claustro's stylish stone-clad interior, filled with edgy artwork and gold-trimmed mirrors, is fronted by a lively tapas bar serving generous, innovative snacks. The chandelier-lit dining room behind dishes up...

Tapas in Badajoz

La Corchuela

Tucked into the narrow pedestrian streets spreading west from the main Plaza de España, this dimly lit, rustic-style cave of a tapas bar is outrageously popular for its no-fuss raciones, including Iberian meats...

Tower in Badajoz

Torre de Espantaperros

Guarding Badajoz' grand Alcazaba is the Torre de Espantaperros (Scare-Dogs Tower), symbol of the city, constructed by the Moors and topped by a 16th-century Mudéjar bell tower. Guided visits (very limited) start...

Gardens in Badajoz

Jardines de La Galera

Adorned with palms, lavender and orange trees, these gorgeous compact gardens clinging to the southeast end of the Alcazaba are perfect for a stroll while soaking up the city panorama from up high.

Lounge in Badajoz

Rincón Nazarí

Sink into a sparkly cushioned corner between beautifully carved arches at this tucked-away Moorish-themed tea, coffee and cocktail lounge, with a cosy back patio.

Local Fiesta in Badajoz

Feria de San Juan

The big annual party in Badajoz is the week-long Feria de San Juan, celebrated around 24 June.