Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Guadalupe

Real Monasterio de Santa María de Guadalupe

Guadalupe's renowned, Unesco World Heritage–listed monastery is located, according to legend, on the spot where, in the early 14th century, a shepherd received a vision of the Virgin Mary. A sumptuous church-monaste…
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 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 Village in Valle del Ambroz

Granadilla

About 25km west of Hervás, the ghost village of Granadilla is a beguiling reminder of how Extremadura's villages must have looked before modernisation. Founded by the Moors in the 9th century but abandoned in the 19…
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 t…
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 two towers that you can climb for fabulous views across Trujillo, the castle and the sprawling countryside. The church's magnificent altarpiece …
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 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 Cáceres

Museo de Cáceres

The excellent Museo de Cáceres, spread across 12 buildings in a 16th-century mansion built over an evocative 12th-century aljibe (cistern), is the only surviving element of Cáceres’ Moorish castle. The impressive ar…
Top Choice Castle in Trujillo

Castillo de Trujillo

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