Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Guadalupe

Real Monasterio de Santa María de Guadalupe

Guadalupe's renowned monastery is located, according to legend, on the spot where, in the early 14th century, a shepherd found an effigy of the Virgin, hidden years earlier by Christians fleeing the Muslims. A sumpt…
Top Choice Square in Trujillo

Plaza Mayor

Trujillo's main square is is one of Spain's most spectacular plazas, surrounded by baroque and Renaissance stone buildings sporting intricately carved facades, topped with a skyline of towers, turrets, cupolas, cren…
Top Choice Ruins in Mérida

Teatro Romano

Mérida's most spectacular Roman monument, and the only one to once again fulfill its original function (by hosting performances during the Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico in summer), the Teatro Romano is th…
Top Choice Bridge in Mérida

Puente Romano

Don't miss the extraordinarily powerful spectacle of the Puente Romano spanning the Río Guadiana. At 792m in length with 60 granite arches, it's one of the longest bridges built by the Romans. It was constructed in …
Top Choice Museum in Mérida

Museo Nacional de Arte Romano

Even if you visit only a handful of Mérida's sights, make sure one of them is this fabulous museum, which has a superb three-floor collection of statues, busts, mosaics, frescoes, coins, pottery and other Roman arte…
Top Choice Monastery in La Vera

Monasterio de Yuste

In a lovely shady setting 1.5km northwest of Cuacos de Yuste, this monastery is where Carlos I of Spain (Charles I; also known as Carlos V of Austria) came in 1557 to prepare for death after abdicating his emperorsh…
Top Choice Church in Trujillo

Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor

This 13th-century church is a stunner. It has a mainly Gothic nave and an 18th-century, 106-step tower that you can climb for fabulous views across Trujillo, the castle and the sprawling countryside. The church's ma…
Top Choice Fortress 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 th…
Top Choice Historic Building in Cáceres

Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo

The sumptuous home of Cáceres' prominent Golfín family has been beautifully restored. Built piecemeal between the 14th and 20th centuries, it's crammed with historical treasures: original 17th-century tapestries and…
Top Choice Castle in Trujillo

Castillo de Trujillo

Occupying the town's 600m-high summit, Trujillo's fairy-tale castle is of 10th-century Islamic origin (note the horseshoe arch just inside the entrance) and was later strengthened by the Christians. Patrol the battl…