Many times we do not value it as we should, but the autonomous community of Extremadura has a lot to offer the traveler. And we are talking about a region that brings together a great cultural, landscape and, of course, gastronomic wealth. And although doing rural tourism in Cáceres and Badajoz is really worth it, the monumental complexes of the place should not be underestimated, some of which are of great value.
Today we have proposed that you know Extremadura a little better. Therefore, we are going to take a tour of the most beautiful towns in Badajoz , one of its two provinces. Of course, we apologize in advance for all the corners that we have left in the inkwell. Would you like to join us?
Jerez de los Caballeros
First of all, we want to talk about Jerez de los Caballeros, a town steeped in history (Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Christians have passed through here …) and monumental buildings. In fact, it has been declared a Monumental Artistic Complex. The traces that the Knights Templar left in the place are surprising. On the other hand, you should know that it is an important artistic center of the Extremaduran Baroque.
Zafra is located in the heart of Baja Extremadura. Specifically, it is located at the foot of the Sierra de Castellar. The Alcázar stands out, dating from the 15th century and which today houses a parador de turismo. Around this monument the medieval population is articulated, with its characteristic narrow streets. Its Chica and Grande squares, both portified, also attract attention.
How could it be otherwise, we are also going to talk about Llerena, whose historic center was declared a Historic-Artistic Site due to its important artistic heritage , highlighting the church of Nuestra Señora de la Granada and the palace of Zapata. Also noteworthy is the Plaza de España, the Convent of Santa Clara, the Church of Santiago and the Episcopal Palace.
Another town that we want to highlight is Olivenza, which belonged to Portugal until 1801. Therefore, its architecture presents a mixture of styles from both countries. It has an extensive monumental heritage. The Town Hall, the Plaza de España, the walls, the Puerta del Calvario and the Magdalena church, among other monuments of interest, stand out.
Fregenal de la Sierra
We also want to talk about Fregenal de la Sierra, a town that is closely linked to acorn-fed ham . In fact, here you can learn about its production process and taste all the gastronomic proposals that the Iberian pig allows. Among its main historical monuments we want to highlight the castle and the parish temple of Santa María del Castillo.
Burguillos del Cerro
Burguillos del Cero could not be missing from this list, which above all surprises with a beautiful natural environment. Of course, its cultural heritage also stands out, being able to find here the Castle of Burguillos, the emblem of the town. We also want to point out the Casa del Corregidor and the Royal Prison.
The municipality of Azuaga is located on the edge of the Sierra Morena and offers tourists numerous places of interest, such as the Mudejar neighborhood, which houses Mudejar art samples. Regarding religious architecture, the parish churches of Santo Cristo del Humilladero and Nuestra Señora de la Consolación stand out. In addition, you should know that in the municipality of Azuaga you can find about thirty historical dolmens.
Finally, we want to talk about Albuquerque, which is located in the Sierra de San Pedro. Its medieval town center is surprising, which is dominated by the Castillo de Luna, a building that has been the residence of important historical figures. Of course, you should know that the municipality is home to many other points of interest: the medieval Gothic quarter, the walled enclosure, the Puerta de la Villa, the Puerta de Valencia …
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