Extremadura: Beautiful, Undiscovered Spain

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Spain is the second-most visited country on Earth, and it’s easy to see why. With thrilling cities like Madrid and Barcelona, beach destinations like the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, and gastronomical paradises like the Basque Country and Galicia, there is something for everyone in Spain.

But not all of Spain is well-known to visitors, and there are plenty of rich, hidden gems to be discovered. The southwestern region of Extremadura is one of them.

Located between Castille and the border with Portugal, Extremadura is a sparsely-populated, largely rural area that offers so much.

While the biggest city of Badajoz is okay to skip, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any settlements that are worth seeing. The ancient city of Caceres has one of the most beautiful old towns in all of Spain with Moorish influences, and the walled market city of Plasencia offers plenty of gorgeous centuries-old structures as well.

Looking for nature? You will also find that in Extremadura. The Monfrague National Park is known for its beautiful canyon through which the Tagus River passes. Known for its excellent bird-watching, you will find plenty of scenic lookout spots and trails here.

Foodies will also enjoy Extremadura, as it is one of the centers for Iberian ham production. You’ll find this Spanish delicacy, as well as olives and olive oil, in restaurants all over the region.

Why not skip the more popular destinations on your next trip to Spain and give Extremadura a try instead?