The official homepage of the region Extremadura in Spain - the perfect destination for culture seekers and nature lovers!
This homepage is a presentation of the wide range of highlights and attractions that the region Extremadura in Spain offers. Extremadura is an autonomous region in the west of Spain. It is a region rich in history where culture plays a fundamental role. People of Extremadura heed their ancient traditions and still practice them. Many places of this region in Spain like Merida, Caceres and Guadalupe are part of the World Heritage sites. Extremadura is also an interesting tourist destination because of its impressive and spectacular unspoilt nature and its superlative wildlife. Its numerous national parks and particularly the large number of the various birds that live there make Extremadura the capital of birdwatching – not only in Spain, but in Europe.
Extremadura has become a popular tourist destination because it has so many attractions to make your stay in one of many comfortable hotels an unforgettable experience. Visiting Extremadura feels like walking through history for many remnants of past times still exist and many of them in a very good condition. Historic monuments can be visited at many places: the Roman Theatre in Merida, the Monastery of Guadalupe among others, the ancient town of Caceres. Besides, Extremadura is a region in Spain that holds culture and ancient traditions in high esteem. Thus pilgrimage to the Monastery of Guadalupe where the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe stands or along the Via de la Plata (Saint James'Silver route) through Merida and other places in Extremadura, as well as celebrations of patron days and other religious feasts are very frequent.
The cultural importance of Extremadura is emphasized through the candidature of Caceres as Europe’s capital of culture in 2016 but especially through the fact that many places like the Monastery of Guadalupe and towns of Extremadura like Merida, the capital of the self-governed region, and Caceres belong to the World Heritage. Caceres is also well known for the Fiesta in Casar de Caceres during which the local feta cheese is celebrated. Beyond history and culture, the beautiful and impressive nature of Extremadura is another reason for visiting this part of Spain. The Dehesa, a huge typical pasture land, the mountainous areas, the numerous lakes and rivers with their natural pools and crystal clear water and the Mediterranean forests turn Extremadura into a marvellous and paradisiacal home for fauna and flora. Visitors will enjoy many leisure activities such as cycling or hiking and particularly birdwatching everywhere in Extremadura. Indeed birdwatching has become an insiders' tip in this region of Spain because Extremadura shelters plenty of bird species of which griffon vultures make up the largest population. Because of the large range of bird species like eagles, storks, griffon vultures and many more living within and outside the borders of the nature parks Extremadura is called Europe’s capital of birdwatching.
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