Spain: Discover the Extremadura experience

With one of the largest and most diverse collections of monuments, Extremadura provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover culture through living it, touching it, experiencing it, and exploring it firsthand.

Spain: Discover the Extremadura experience
Learn about the region of Extremadura in Spain. Photo by David Gil de la Canal / Unsplash

In Extremadura, culture is not static; with one of the most numerous and varied catalogs of monuments, the region offers the unique experience of living it, touching it, feeling it and exploring it. Come and discover it.

See a play by Euripides or Sophocles in its original setting, enjoy a concert in the shadow of a 15th century castle, or discover a battle from the War of Independence with hundreds of soldiers facing each other. In Extremadura, culture is not static. To visit its monuments is not to walk through a museum but to experience them. Here, heritage can be touched, felt, and even explored.

Some examples are the International Classical Theater Festival of Mérida, the Contemporánea music festival that takes place next to the Luna Castle in Alburquerque, or the historical recreation of the Battle of La Albuera, but the reality is that in every corner there is a living monument in Extremadura.

During Cáceres's Holy Week, a Festival of International Tourist Interest, cultural events are held on the city's historical sites.

Badajoz has one of the most atmospheric carnivals in the country. Along with a parade of comparsas in which more than 4,000 people take part, the ingenuity of its murgas that sing at the top of their voices, and, above all, the tens of thousands of people who take to the streets to put on a costume and let themselves be carried away by the fun.

It is clear that Extremadura is much more than a photograph next to a monument, and it is worth discovering it. If these proposals do not tempt you, do not think about it. Discover all that the region hides that is much more: a Templar Festival in Jerez de los Caballeros, the recreation of the foundation of Badajoz by the Arabs or the Route of the Emperor, which tells the arrival of Charles V to the Monastery of Yuste, where he decided to retire in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Beyond the experiences, Extremadura can boast one of the most numerous and varied catalogs of monuments. The most important thing, however, is the quality that is demonstrated in many ways, among them that the region has three World Heritage Sites, such as Mérida, Cáceres, and Guadalupe.

It is also worth mentioning that there are more than 300 elements among churches, temples, bridges, roads, archaeological remains, and others that are considered artistic monuments and that are distributed throughout the geography of Extremadura.

Extremadura: The Gateway of Explorers and Conquerors

This region offers its visitors the opportunity to grab the map of its treasures and go through them. Extremadura is the cradle of great explorers and conquerors such as Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro and Vasco Núñez de Balboa, and now it wants you to explore its history in the same spirit.

A differentiating feature here is the variety of heritage it has. There are few places in Spain or anywhere else in the world where you can find examples of so many different periods and cultures. Therefore, the format of the tour is a journey through time, as century after century, many cultures have left their mark in Extremadura, and now you can read their trajectory in the streets and landscapes of this territory also intimately marked by its border character.

This region continues to write its own history and invites visitors to explore its past, to lose themselves in time, interact with its heritage, and explore its paths. Without artifice, without isolating culture from other human activities, but always highlighting its value as an engine of social and economic development. Extremadura's historical heritage is its main ally in building a bright future.