The autonomous community of Extremadura is located in western Spain. Its capital city is Merida and it consists of the provinces Caceres and Badajoz. Extremadura is bordered by Portugal to the west, Castile and Leon to the north, Andalusia to the south, and Castile-La Mancha to the east. The region is a significant area for wildlife, having a major reserve at Monfrague, which was designated as a National Park in 2007. It also has a project of the International Tagus River Natural Park. Climate in Extremadura is described as Mediterranean, except to the north, where it is continental; and to the west, where the climate is milder due to the influence of the Atlantic.
What to see & do
Extremadura has two provinces: Caceres and Badajoz. The northern and southern parts of Caceres are notable for their mountainous features formed by Central and Toledo mountains. These areas are also rich in wildlife, mostly concentrated at the nature park in Monfrague. Caceres is also known for a number of important cherry picking regions. Tourists in Extremadura can also visit Caceres for its medieval sites and museums. The province of Badajoz is where the capital of Extremadura, Merida, is located. The city features a Roman theatre and the Museum of Roman Art, and other Roman ruins. These group of Roman ruins are declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and includes the Roman Theater and Amphitheater, Casa del Mitreo, Roman Bridge, Templo de Diana, Portico del Foro, Arch of Trajan, the Alcazaba, Circo Romano Hippodrome, Rabo de Buey-San Lazaro Aqueduct, Acueducto de los Milagros, and Zona Arqueologica de Moreria. Other cities in Badajoz that have many tourist attractions are Badajoz (capital of the province), Fregenal de la Sierra, Jerez de los Caballeros, Llerena, Olivenza, Alange, Albuquerque, and Almendralejo. Particular hotspots are the Cornalvo Nature Reserve, Alcazaba City Wall, Ibn Marwan Monument, and Espantaperros Tower of Badajoz Fortress. A popular recreation activity in Extremadura is hiking at La Ruta de Isabel La Catolica in the Sierra de Guadalupe. It is a 17-kilometre trail that starts in the village of Cañamero. While hiking on the trail, travellers will get to see beautiful lakes and stunning hills.
How to get around within Extremadura
Within Extremadura, the most common public transport is buses. The Madrid-Badajoz railway line also travels within the region, linking the main towns. Car rentals are also available, and are ideal for covering most of Extremadura, especially when accessing areas off the beaten track.
How to get there
The city of Badajoz, the capital of Badajoz province in Extremadura, Spain, is served by the Badajoz Airport. Air Europa operated by Swiftair is the only airline that arrives here, from Barcelona and Madrid. The nearest international airport to Extremadura is the Seville Airport in southern Spain. It is a focus city for Ryanair and Vueling, and serves destinations within Spain and Europe. If coming from other parts of the world, the airports in Barcelona and Madrid serve flights from other continents.