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Extremadura’s past times have characterised the region and are a constituent part of it till today. Romans, Muslims, the re-conquest as well as Franco’s obsession have left deep marks and bear witness to a colourful past.
 
 
A gift from the Gods.
The ancient Roman world in Extremadura
Visiting Extremadura is like making a trip through history, for within and around Merida, in the whole region you will still be able to find vibrant remnants of past times: the good old Roman Time. The building of the Roman Theatre in Merida stands straight as if it has been recently constructed by the legionnaires, and nobody can say for sure how old the majestic Roman Bridge over the Guadiana is. Why are the monuments so well preserved? No one but the Gods knows the answer.
 
The true life of the sword bearers
Orders of knights in Extremadura
During the wars against the Moors, Extremadura was the most fiercely disputed region of Spain. The Holy Father and kings sent off orders of knights to drive back invaders. In return they were granted privileges and large pieces of land. Fortresses of knight orders can still be visited today.
 
Pork deluxe.
The Iberian Pork of Extremadura
The best ham in the world, the Pata Negra, comes from the Iberian Pork. Although they are very precious, the small black pigs are not barricaded in buildings as livestock and shepherded all day, but rather live carefree and pasture in holm oak forests – and of course eat acorns that give them that unique savour.
 
They just call it “the line”.
Historical facts about the borderland between Spain and Portugal
Frontier areas are always particularly fascinating. Your property ends where that of others begins. The area just before and just beyond the frontier does not belong to your country any more. It is no man’s land. This feeling is especially strong in La Raya, the borderland between Spain and Portugal.
 
Facing the enemies.
Castle complexes in Extremadura.
In the Middle Ages princes let erected castles in the lowland. So did the lords of castles in Alcocer too. From there they could keep invaders and their subjects under surveillance. They later moved to cities with their fortresses, because it was more secure there in the long-term.
 
Jewish heritage must be preserved:
Spanish Inquisition and its impact in Extremadura
The inquisition counts among the most awful crimes of the Catholic Church. Its impact can still be traced back in Extremadura today. In Llerena the site of a trial can be visited. The small museum of Garganta la Olla displays the instruments of torture used by the inquisitors. Hervas has reviewed the history of the Jews before the inquisition. In Caceres it is possible to go for a walk in the Jewish borough.
 
The right behaviour in time of crisis.
Learning from the Tartessos of Cancho Roano
In times of economic crisis it should be better to carry out less commerce and more agriculture. This lesson can be learnt from the Tartessos, who lived in Extremadura thousands of years ago. They have given to posterity an entire town and significant insights into the right behaviour in times of crisis.
 
Slowing down one’s Life.
The Felicity of Pilgrimage on the Silver Way through Extremadura.
Different signs can make you recognise pilgrims on the Via de la Plata. Firstly, most of them wear a scallop; secondly, they are suntanned, indeed more than the Extremeños. Thirdly, they always look a little bit exhausted. But above all they take much time for everything: for eating, visiting, conversing and relaxing.
 
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Extremadura’s Highlights| Art, Culture and popular Feats | Need a little bit Nature? | Extremadura’s Past | Extremadura, a country of savourers
A gift from the Gods The ancient Roman world in Extremadura | DThe vultures of Salto del Gitano. Natural and National Parks in Extremadura | Slowing down one’s Life The Felicity of Pilgrimage on the Silver Way through Extremadura | Guadiana’s good Wines Extremadura’s Wines and Gastronomy | What happens in Merida and Caceres, stays in Merida and Caceres Feasts and Festivals in Extremadura | Speaking like an Extremenian Spanish Courses in Extremadura | Putting near an Oak Tree Golf Courses and Wellness Offers in Extremadura | Over Hill and Dale. Hiking and Cycling in Extremadura | Flying through the air Ornithology in Extremadura | On the Fishing Path Angling in Extremadura | Canoeing in the town Rivers, Extremadura’s living arms | Palaces and pilgrim hostels Accommodation facilities in Extremadura | Farmers and Saints Religious tradition in Extremadura | Pork deluxe. The Iberian Pork of Extremadura | Do you know a better place to visit? Caceres has applied to be Europe’s Capital of Culture. | More than a word Sustainability and sustainable policy in Extremadura | The same sun is shining over all of us The odd fate of the small village Granadilla | They just call it “the line” Historical facts about the borderland between Spain and Portugal | Wandering through the Passage of Life The last Way of Emperor Charles V | The true life of the sword bearers Orders of knights in Extremadura | Jewish heritage must be preserved: Spanish Inquisition and its impact in Extremadura | The right behaviour in time of crisis. Learning from the Tartessos of Cancho Roano | Blossomy Treasures. Orchids in Extremadura. | The Wonder of Almendralejo Travelling Extremadura along the “wine trail” | Still moving Cheese and Sheep from Extremadura | Facing the enemies Castle complexes in Extremadura | The Holy Place of GuadalupeThe Monastery of Guadalupe and the Miraculous Image of the Virgin Mary | The short Trial between Jesus and Pilate Museums in Extremadura | Straightforward across the steppe Motorbiking in Extremadura | Exhibition instead of Defence Extremadura’s Congress Centres in Badajoz and Merida Exploring Extremadura, Spain
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