Extremadura is an Autonomous Community (1) situated southwest of Spain and is formed by two of the largest provinces in the country: Caceres and Badajoz. The capital city of Extremadura is Mérida, known in Roman times as Emerita Augusta.
Extremadura, a low-density population area, has an extension of 41,633 km2. Throughout the years, it has wisely preserved its huge historical heritage as well as its immensely beautiful natural surroundings.
Although still unknown to many people, those who have experienced Extremadura have been enchanted by its landscape, its history and the pleasures of enjoying its rich gastronomy.
Extremadura holds, within Europe, one of the best preserved natural environments. Recognizing its value, we find numerous protected areas in its parks, natural reserves and monuments, as well as Special Protection Areas for birds (SPAs).
In the lower regions of the sierras and in the flatlands, we find the dehesas extremeñas, a landscape particular to western Spain, formed by woodlands of oak and cork trees and fields dedicated to grazing and agriculture.
Furthermore, two of the most important Spanish rivers, the Tajo and the Guadiana, flow through the land of Extremadura creating around the river basins a unique and extremely beautiful landscape and at the same time providing water for the region´s agriculture and farming.
Extremadura enjoys a huge historical Heritage from the Roman Empire and the Islamic period. It holds a large number of cities and monuments listed as World or European Heritage Sites and which have contributed to the development of a tourism industry in the cities of Badajoz,
Mérida, Caceres, Trujillo, Plasencia, Jaraiz de la Vera, the Valley of Jerte and Guadalupe.
The region´s cuisine is another of its highlights. Blending influences from the Muslim period and the kitchens of ancient monasteries, typical Extremadura dishes are based on high quality products, especially meat and vegetables, cooked in an uncomplicated manner. Different products with Protected Designation of Origin endorse the quality of these dishes.
The wine business in Extremadura has experienced a very important development in the last decades. With the passing of the centuries, progress made in viticulture has contributed to make vines one of the most relevant products of the region. It is Spain´s second largest region in vineyard surface and, it counts with modern wineries dedicated to producing high quality wines.
(1) An Autonomous Community is an administrative division dividing Spain into 17 regions. Provinces are contained within these regions.