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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 Spanish in La Vera

Villa Xarahiz

Offering spectacular sierra views from the terrace and the upmarket wood-beamed dining room, this hotel restaurant 1km north of Jaraíz is one of La Vera's best bets for Spanish wines and smart regional pan-Spanish f…
Religious in La Vera

Los Empalaos

At midnight on Good Friday eve, Valverde hosts one of Spain's most bizarre religious festivities, Los Empalaos ('the Impaled'). Penitent locals strap their arms to a beam, their near-naked bodies wrapped tight with …
Spanish in La Vera

Parador de Jarandilla

Dine in regal style on elegant Extremaduran dishes and fine Spanish wines inside the chunky walls of Jarandilla's 15th-century castle, where you can sit outside in the romantic palm-studded courtyard. Signature dish…
Bridge in La Vera

Puente Romano

This impressive arched, Roman-origin bridge stands about 1km east of Madrigal, just north off the EX203 road and practically in Castilla y León. In warm weather, the river below is a popular swimming spot.