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.

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