August 16, 2017

Extremadura Review – What to Eat, See, and Do During Your Trip to the Gastronomic Capital of Spain

The Main Square of Trujillo!

Extremadura is a region of many pleasures. From the jasmine lined walls to the cobble stoned streets and the historical monuments that lie within, a trip to the Extremadura is good for the soul.

As the great Mark Twain once stated: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Fresh off of the plane, with my passport still at my side, I’ve compiled a list of my top items for “living like a local,” from my recent trip to while visiting the lovely Extremadura region! Take a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Plasencia:

The ‘Old Cathedral’ and The ‘New Cathedral,’ Are The Two Cathedrals in Plasencia. The Cathedrals Showcase Different Styles in Architecture. While The Old Cathedral Was Built in the 13th Century and Showcases a Romanesque Style, The New Cathedral Was Built in the 15th Century and Showcases a Gothic Style. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Extremadura Tourism Board

 

 

Catholicism is the largest religion in Spain! Traveling through the region you will see many different contextual styles such as Spanish Baroque. Compiled with brass, high vaulted ceilings, preserved items, as well as chandeliers are a few of the beautiful pieces that are seen!  Mass still occurs regularly in Extremadura!

Take a Gastro Tapas Tour:

Kick off your trip to Spain to learn more about a classic favorite in Spain, Tapas! Check out a few local eateries while sampling many flavors – be sure to bring your appetite!

Stay:

Plaza de Ansano, 1

10600 Plasencia

Tel: +34 927 426 326

Caceres:

Visit Quesos Del Casar:

Quesos del Casar – A Must!

If you’re going to visit regions where noblemen, and people of power it’s time to dine like one. Treat yourself to one of the best cheeses in Extremadura and devour what is known to be the “most prestigious” cheese in Spain, Torta del Casar.

Stay: Hotel NH Palacio de Oquendo: (Plaza San Juan 11: 10003 Caceres: +34 927 215 800)

The Hotel NH Palacio de Oquendo is in the city center and surrounded by shops, restaurants, and the main square. If you’re lucky you will get a room with a view and enjoy a nice cafe con leche and overlook the square as the town comes to life. The restaurants onsite are also quite lovely! The cuisine is by far one of the best I’ve had in a hotel. The service by the staff is also remarkable!

Hotel NH Palacio de Oquendo Delivered Ultimate Comfort in the Center of the City! Photo Credit: Courtesy of Extremadura Tourism

Medellin:

The Gorgeous Medellin Bridge! You Could See Intruders Coming From Miles Away! Knights Would Alert the Townsmen and Villagers to Prepare. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Extremadura Tourism

Take a quick day trip to the beautiful city of Medellin. Home to Hernan Cortes, conquistador of the Aztec Empire, Medellin boasts many picturesque opportunities. Visitors can also check out the recent discovery of the Roman Theater and more of the history that makes this beautiful city stand out.

The Roman Theater in Medellin Was Built in 16BC!

Merida:

Cooking Class at Espezia:

The Cooking Class at Espezia is a Great Way to Familiarize Yourself With The Regions Culinary Influences.

 

Test your skills in the kitchen at Espezia! Located in Merida the cooking class at Espezia showcases the spices and herbs that the region is founded upon as well as learning a bit about the traditional meals in the area. Its an interactive and unique way to spend the afternoon. You’ll be able to have an enjoyable meal after working up a sweat in the kitchen. (See below for the recipe from our class)

Dress like Romans at Aqua Libera:

Grab your closest friends and family and transport back in time at Aqua Libera. The bed and breakfast allows it’s guest to get a glimpse of luxury, just as the Romans did. The property is surrounded by greenery and guests will enjoy the serenity and utmost relaxation. On site there are three pools where guests can soak and rotate in the cold, warm, and hot bath just as the Romans did. To finish, guests can wear Roman garb and enjoy a feast while dinning on dishes inspired by a Mediterranean diet.

Guests will feel completely relaxed while also getting a glimpse of ‘living like a Roman.’ It’s a unique experience and adds to the culture of the region.

Aqua Libera

Calle Caceres, 24

06894 Aljucen, Badajoz

www.aqualibera.com

Learn about Iberian Ham:

The Iberian Pigs, Jamon Iberico, in Extremadura is One of Their Delicacies. Here They Are on an Acorn Diet Which Makes a HUGE Difference in The Quality of the Meats.

The Iberian Pig is one of the delicacies that the region has to offer, it’s a prized possession and locals and tourist alike fall in love with the process as well as the taste of the Jamon. What sets this delicacy apart from the rest is its upbringing. The Iberian Pigs are located in a ‘free range’ forest called “dehesa” where they are able to roam and graze on acorns which present itself as one of the healthiest and most exquisite diets. The end result – delicious acorn fed jamon iberico!

A Lesson on How to Properly Slice The Jamon!

Learn from the experts and see how livestock farmers preserved hams by visiting the factory Montesano as well as the artistry in properly cutting the Iberian Ham. I completely recommend Pepe Alba for your journey with this delicacy of the region.

A Closer Look in Montesano!

Visit the Roman Amphitheater & Natural Museum of Roman Art in Mérida:

Founded in 25 BC Merida is home to some of the finest Roman ruins in all of Spain. Be sure to add the Temple of Diana, the amphitheater, and the Roman bridge. At the National Museum of Roman Art in Merida you can take a walk down memory lane and see just how Merida has come to fruition as well as historical artifacts. Visitors will also get a glimpse of the difference in stones that were used for its statues which signified stature and honorability.

Stay:

Hotel Ilunion Merida Palace

Plaza de Espana, 19

06800 Merida, Badajoz

Tel: +34 924 38 38 00

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Extremadura Tourism

Dine in the Main Square in Trujillo:

The Main Square in Trujillo is Full of Life! Photo Credit: Courtesy of Extremadura Tourism Board

Dining in the main square of Trujillo is pure life and should be a must when visiting this gorgeous city. A recommendation is the Restaurante Bizcocho Plaza. We tried many dishes such as ‘saute con angulas,’ which is known as ‘the caviar of Northern Spain.’ The restaurant also served a nice version of cod served with spices in a rich creamy cheese sauce. The meal hits many layers and just like wine compliments the region. Breathe in the fresh air as you listen to the children at play and taking in the sights of the equestrian statue of Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru, in the center. The backdrop of the lovely San Martin church also pays homage to Trujillo.

Another fun fact is some of season 7 of the hit television show, Game of Thrones, was shot in Trujillo. For example Lannister’s Castle is the Castillo de Trujillo!

Stay:

Hotel Eurostars PalacioSanta Marta

Calle Ballesteros

10200 Trujillo, Caceres

Tel: +34 927 65 91 90

Extremadura is simply full of life a great region for individuals looking to travel for educational purposes as well as those seeking a to gain insight from the Gastronomic sector of Spain. In Extremadura the flavor goes beyond your palette.

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