Top things to do in Badajoz

Top Choice Fortress in Badajoz


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 th…
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 extreme…
Grill in Badajoz


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 men…
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 decent…
Gallery in Badajoz

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo

Badajoz' pride and joy, this commanding, circular modern building dedicated to Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American con­tem­por­ary art showcases a wide-ranging collection of avant-garde painting, sculpture and ph…
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 centur…
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


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 dis…
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 period…