Famous among Spaniards for its high-quality ingredients, Extremaduran cooking is overwhelmingly meaty (and rarely vegetarian-friendly). Typical treats include cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig), caldereta de cabrito (stewed kid), first-rate jamón, creamy Torta del Casar cheese from Casar de Cáceres, pimentón (paprika) from La Vera and, in season, ripe cherries from the Valle del Jerte.
For the liveliest tapas scenes, head to Cáceres, Mérida, Badajoz or smaller towns such as Zafra.
Top Food & Wine Experiences
- Tracking down one of Spain's most celebrated cheeses, the Torta del Casar, in Casar de Cáceres' Museo del Queso.
- Visiting the Museo del Jamón and sampling the region's best jamón in Monesterio.
- Glamming up for one of Spain's most sought-after fine-dining experiences at Atrio in Cáceres.
- Going food shopping for an Extremaduran picnic in Zafra at Iberllota, Joaquín Luna and La Cava del Queso.
- Sampling the robust reds of the Ribera de Guadiana wine-producing region, at Bodegas Medina, Palacio Quemado and Bodegas Ruíz Torres.
- Enjoying the best in Spanish cheeses in Trujillo's late-April Feria del Queso, or year-round at Zafra's Quesería La Bendita.