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Extremadura Hotels / Extremadura Private
Self-Catering Accommodation in Extremadura
Extremadura Holidays -
& Caceres Attractions and Activities
by Steve Greenwood
is located in southwest Spain bordering Portugal and the regions of Castilla
& Leon, Castilla La Mancha and Andalucia. It consists of the two provinces
Badajoz and Caceres, which are respectively the largest and second-largest
provinces in Spain. Extremadura is the poorest region in Spain and is also
one of the least visited. It is also one of the most beautiful with a landscape
consisting of plains, mountains, meadows of cork oaks and fields of stone
and lime. Many of the famous Spanish conquerors (Conquistadors) were born
here who later went on to settle in America naming many of the new cities
with those from towns in Extremadura.
Merida capital of Extremadura
|Merida is in the province
of Badajoz and was founded by the Romans in 25 BC to become the capital
of their western province of Lusitania. It lies at the Roman crossroads
that link Toledo with Lisbon and Salamanca with Seville. Merida has one
of the most outstanding collections of Roman monuments in Europe. The most
incredible is the Roman Theatre with a magnificent colonnaded stage wall
and a capacity for up to 6,000 people. During the summer months, the theatre
is often used for drama productions and festivals.
By the side of the Theatre
can be found a remarkable elliptical Roman Amphitheatre. It had the capacity
to hold up to 15,000 spectators who were entertained with chariot races
and gladiatorial contests of strength. At times the arena was even flooded
for re-enactments of victorious sea battles.
Located just over the road
is the National Museum of Roman Art, a modern building that contains beautiful
collections of Roman sculptures, artefacts, paintings, locally minted coins
Badajoz Holiday Attractions
Badajoz is the largest province
in Spain and is bordered by the provinces of Caceres, Cordoba, Seville,
Ciudad Real, and Huelva. The landscape throughout the region appears quite
desolate with slightly undulating hills and vast open spaces. It has one
large river called the Guadiana, which traverses the north of the province
from east to west. Most of the year the river can be crossed quite easily
as only at certain times does the river swell to cover the riverbed. The
climate in Badajoz region varies between fiercely hot during the summer
months and extreme cold in the winter.
|Caceres Holiday Attractions
The Main Square (Plaza Major)
is the best place to start in Caceres from which to explore the labyrinth
of streets that are lined with imposing buildings. Passing through the
old city walls via the Arco de la Estrella (Star Arch) can be found Plaza
de Santa Maria where the Cathedral de Santa Maria can be found. The cathedral
is Gothic in design, and this is where many of the Conquistadors are buried.
There are many grand looking palaces situated around the Plaza and some
of the most appealing shops in Caceres can be found on the streets radiating
Further up the hill on Plaza
de las Veletas, can be found the Museo de Caceres (City Museum). The Museum
contains a wonderful collection of prehistoric and Roman artefacts, along
with a 17th century Arab Cistern with a preserved baroque facade. Also
on this square is the Palacio de la Cigüeñas (House of the
Storks) distinguished by it's tower. On top of many rooftops and bell towers
in Caceres can be seen many storks nests who have for many years made the
city their home too.
Summer temperatures in Extremadura
are typically intense with spring and autumn offering the best weather
to visit. The region is a popular destination for outdoor activities and
sports with many Spaniards visiting to hunt in the forests, fish in the
many reservoirs and ride horses along ancient routes. The reservoirs also
offer a multitude of water sports and are a great substitute for the region
having no beaches.
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HOTELS IN EXTREMADURA, SPAIN
PROVINCE, EXTREMADURA, SPAIN
for hotels in Badajoz and surrounding areas
FEATURED HOTELS IN EXTREMADURA, SPAIN
The AC Badajoz is a low-rise
modern hotel with chic interiors located in the suburbs of Badajoz, five
kilometres from the buzzing nightlife of the city centre, and two kilometres
from the Portuguese border. The hotel restaurant serves a fusion of Spanish,
Portuguese and international tastes, served at breakfast and dinner in
a stylish eatery. Decor includes contemporary dark wood furniture, paneled
walls and olive green booths. Guests can combat the excesses of the
Spanish culinary experience in the fitness centre, or unwind in a decadent
Turkish bath or sauna. Guests can get their caffeine fix in the ultramodern
lobby lounge/café while they get up-to-date on current affairs with
complimentary newspapers and high-speed Internet connections (surcharge).
Badajoz Airport is 10 kilometres from the hotel.
Center Hotel, Badajoz
The modern Hotel Badajoz
Center, with grey and peach-colored façade, is located in the shopping
and business district of Badajoz, 12 kilometers from the airport. The town's
cathedral and the fine art and modern art museums are all within one kilometer
of the hotel. Local dishes and international food is served in the
relaxed, contemporary ambience of the hotel's restaurant, with its brown
walls, table lamps and yellow chairs. The outdoor swimming pool is lined
with contemporary loungers and the solarium is the best spot for soaking
up some rays. The 88 air conditioned guestrooms feature chic white décor
with burgundy fanbrcis and crisp white bedding; furniture is in contrasting
This modern, white complex
is surrounded by the Guadiana golf course and is located three kilometers
from the center of Badajoz, in the region of Extremadura. Access can be
arranged to the Guadiana golf club next door, which has a gymnasium, sauna
and 18-hole golf course. Badajoz center has a variety of shopping and dining
options, only 3 kilometers away. In the restaurant, La Cazuela, guests
can try local and Mediterranean cuisine and a range of wines served in
a relaxed, informal atmosphere with a simple white décor and dark
wood furnishings. Guests can have a revitalizing dip in the outdoor
pool and play squash or tennis on clay courts. Conference rooms are available
for seminars and business meetings. Air-conditioned guestrooms feature
a simple white décor with rural-style dark-wood furnishings.
The Husa Zurbaran is a five-floor
hotel situated in front of Castelar Park in the shopping centre of Badajoz
in south-western Spain, close to the Portuguese border. A number of tourist
attractions are within walking distance of the hotel including: the Art
Museum, which is 400 metres away; the Archaeological Museum, 700 metres
away; and Plaza Ayuntamiento Cathedral which is 800 metres from the hotel.
Further afield is the Lusiberia Aquatic Park which is 3.5 kilometres away.
Badajoz Airport is 12 kilometres from the hotel, an approximate driving
time of 15 minutes. The hotel's Los Monjes restaurant serves international
cuisine with regional specialties in a modern setting. Guests can soak
up the sun on the loungers, take a dip in the outdoor pool, and relax with
a drink in the bar.
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The Hotel Rio Badajoz is
located on the banks of the Guadiana River in Badajoz, Spain, close to
the Portuguese border. The casino is next door, and the churches and squares
of the old town are 800 metres away. The Hotel has an outdoor pool with
a poolside bar. There is a mahogany bar and reading room, and secure parking
is complimentary. La Alacena Restaurant, with its mahogany-clad walls,
specialises in Portuguese cooking. There is a convention centre with
several meeting spaces, the largest of which can accommodate up to 1,000
persons. A babysitting service is offered at the hotel. There is
also a regular bingo night. The 101 air-conditioned guestrooms are
have modern Mediterranean decor, and carved dark wood furnishings.
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MÉRIDA. BADAJOZ, EXTREMADURA, FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
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Tryp Medea, Mérida
The Tryp Medea hotel is
located in the area surrounding the old Roman bridge, an obligatory stop
in the Silver route. Close to a shopping center. The building, in semicircular
shape, is similar to a Roman Amphitheatre. Restaurants and bars:
Breakfast buffet (from 7.30am to 10.30am), Bar (open from 10.30am until
midnight). Room Service and Wireless Internet Access in common areas
(additional charge), Air conditioning throught the building and parking.
Outdoor swimming-pool open in summertime. 103 Standard rooms.
23 Loft rooms of superior standard, situated on the 4th floor, equipped
with a whirpool, spacious terrace, free newspaper and mini-bar.
This attractive hotel is
in the tourist centre of Mérida, close to the Roman Ampitheatre,
the theatre, National Museum of Roman art and many more interesting touristic
attractions. E Alcazaba, the restaurant in the hotel offers many
specialities of the region and city. In front of the hotel public
transport is available. The hotel has 99 rooms, 3 suitable for handicapped
guests. All rooms have air conditioning, minibar, trouser press,
free wifi internet connection, service and direct telephone - en suite
de Mérida, Badajoz, Merida
The Parador conserves the
structure of the former 18th c. convent, installed on the remains of a
temple dedicated to the Concordia de Augusto, and offers the guest the
opportunity to experience the rich heritage of the beautiful town of Mérida
and surrounding natural areas. Some of the most noteworthy spaces
are the living room, the inner patio and the beautiful gardens where the
'Jardín de Antiguedades' (Garden of Antiquities) is located.
The garden is an archeological ensemble made up of Roman, Mudejar and Visigothic
elements. The numerous gastronomic suggestions offered by the restaurant
include 'criadillas de la Tierra' (truffles), 'caldereta extremeña'
(stew), the assortment of 'gazpachos' (cold soup), and Almoharín
for hotels in Zafra and surrounding areas
BADAJOZ PROVINCE, EXTREMADURA, FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
De La Parra, La Parra near Zafra
Originally an ancient convent
of the Order of Santa Clara, La Parra was built in 1673 and used by the
Clarisa order of nuns until 1979. After a variety of uses by the municipality,
it has now opened its doors to the world as a hotel to be enjoyed - indeed,
a temptation to live in peace and tranquillity. Here, there is the sound
of water, reflection of the sunlight, nocturnal silence, the whiteness
of its walls, groined vaults, stone, wood, iron, terracotta, the cloister.
The convent has a total of 21 rooms constructed in two phases. The old
cells in the south wing are divided over two floors and take in four single
and eight double rooms. The north wing, on the second floor has two suites,
four special doubles and three double rooms. The dining room is located
in the two naves of the old refectory.
de Zafra, Zafra, Badajoz
The Parador de Zafra rises
up in a majestic castle, on which construction was started in 1437 as the
residence of the noble Spanish Dukes of Feria. The value of this castle-palace
is expressed through a spectacular façade in an ideal setting to
discover the monumental surroundings and the natural landscapes of the
area. Its bedrooms, which had Hernán Cortés as a guest,
are stately, elegant and spacious. The swimming pool and the perfectly
tended garden also stand out. The best dishes of the region can be found
in the dining room, such as lamb stew, 'migas extremeñas' (fried
breadcrumbs) and 'solomillo ibérico al queso de los Ibores' (Iberian
sirloin with Ibores cheese).
PROVINCE, EXTREMADURA, FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
CÁCERES, EXTREMADURA, FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
for hotels in Cáceres and surrounding areas
Historic Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Half day tour of the old quarter
of Caceres with an expert Private Local Guide. If Spain had anything
akin to the American Far West, it must have been Extremadura - the land
beyond the River Duero - the area that gave birth to so many doughty Conquistadors.
Cáceres (pop. 74,589), declared World Heritage City in 1985, sober,
seigneurial and proud, lies in the heart of this conquistador homeland.
Largely medieval, the town walls date from the time of the Almohads and
even preserve some Roman sections. Twelve of the thirty towers which once
protected the enclosure are still standing.…more...
Barcelo V Centenario, Cáceres
The modern Hotel Barcelo
V Centenario is set in a quiet residential area, two kilometres from Caceres'
historic centre with its squares and palaces, in northern Extremadura.
The Medieval Quarter of Caceres is two kilometres away and the Los Barruecos
nature reserve is 10 kilometres from the hotel. Guests can enjoy a dip
in the outdoor pool with its separate children's area. The pool is bordered
by a terrace where barbecues are held during the summer months. The
hotel's a la carte restaurant offers a fusion of modern Spanish and regional
Extremaduran dishes and has a wide selection of Spanish wines, while Las
Americas serves Spanish and international dishes and healthy eating options.
The hotel's informal bar overlooks the gardens where guests can enjoy a
pre-dinner drink or have a light snack, pastry or tapas.
Located in the centre of
Cáceres, a few metres from the old quarter. We offer you our "Clavero"
restaurant where you can taste a creative and varied cuisine, together
with traditional Spanish products or renowned cheeses and wines made using
traditional methods. The hotel also offers a coffee shop, social
room, convention rooms and parking. The hotel offers 66 rooms, all
of them with complete bathroom facilities, colour satellite TV, Canal Plus,
mini-bar, air conditioning and heating.
Gran Hotel Don Manuel, Cáceres
Set in the heart of Caceres,
this hotel is close to Plaza de Toros and Casa de los Toledo-Moctezuma.
Another nearby attraction is Plaza Mayor. Dining options at Husa Gran Hotel
Don Manuel include a restaurant. There is a full-service health spa on
site. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting
rooms. High-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) is available in public
areas. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, tour/ticket
assistance, and self parking. The property has designated areas for smoking.
The Sercotel Extremadura
is located in Caceres, Spain, 500 metres from the city centre and 1.2 kilometres
from the ancient walled town centre. Caceres Train Station is 1.5 kilometres
away. This hotel has a garden, solarium, sauna, hot tub, and outdoor swimming
pool on site. Babysitting and childcare services are available. There is
wireless internet access throughout the hotel. Breakfast is available daily
at the Sercotel Extremadura. International dishes are served at the
Orellana Restaurant and there is an onsite bar and cafe. The 290
air-conditioned guestrooms have modern decor with warm tones, patterned
bedspreads, and wooden furnishings. Amenities include satellite television,
direct-dial phones, wireless internet access, minibars, and writing desks.
Marble bathrooms offer hair dryers and complimentary toiletries.
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de Cáceres, Cáceres
The former Torreorgaz Palace,
built on Arabic foundations is located in the heart of the historical and
artistic quarter of Cáceres, a town declared a World Heritage Site.
Founded by Diego García de Ulloa, knight of the Order of Santiago,
the Parador, a 14th c. construction, is presided over by its slender tower.
The styles personalized in the building and its monumental surroundings,
are Gothic, Renaissance and baroque. The inner courtyard and cobblestone,
frames, beams covered with wood and the original mantelpiece in the living
room make up the interior decoration. In this context the soft cream shades
of the bedrooms are defined by good taste, spaciousness and comfort. Iberian
sirloin steak with Casar cheese and roast kid with rosemary are representative
of the varied cuisine of Extremadura.
GUADALUPE, EXTREMADURA, FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
de Guadalupe - Caceres Province
The Parador, built in convent
style, rises up on what was the former Hospital of St. John the Baptist,
a historical 15th c. building. It is a comfortable, friendly space, with
whitewashed arches adorned with vegetation, an invitation to peace and
quiet in the setting of a beautiful town declared a Historical and Artistic
Monument. The garden stands out with its luxuriant plants and flowers,
its secluded swimming pool, spacious common rooms on the inside with white
walls, and bedrooms which recall the religious function of its origins.
The simple but delicious local cooking can be seen in representative dishes:
'bacalao monacal' (cod, potatoes and spinach), 'ajo blanco extremeño'
(garlic dish), 'migas extremeñas' (fried breadcrumbs), 'pollo a
lo padre Pedro' (chicken dish), Iberian sausages, 'caldereta de cordero'
(lamb stew), chestnut pudding and 'muégado de Guadalupe' (a fried
JARANDILLA DE LA VERA, EXTREMADURA, FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
de Jarandilla de la Vera - Caceres Province
In the middle of the orchard
of La Vera and El Tiétar and set among ravines, natural pools, chestnut
and oak forrests this castle-palace finds its shelter. Its surroundings
feature natural scenery of rare beauty which enhance the richness of this
historical and monumental setting which, for several months, was home to
an illustrious guest: Emperor Charles V. The most outstanding exterior
features include the turrets, the parade ground and the excellent swimming-pool,
with olive and orange trees. Inside, we find halls with fireplaces, and
the recently redecorated rooms which provide an intimate and peaceful atmosphere.
In the restaurant, 'migas extremeñas' (fried breadcrumbs), potato
soup, partridge stew, lamb loin in honey and La Vera fig compote are some
of the dishes which stand out among the varied fare to be found in Extremadura
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EXTREMADURA, FEATURED HOTELS, SPAIN
Isla del Gallo, Trujillo
hotel is situated on the main part of the typical trujillana house from
the XVII and XVIII century, totally rehabilitated respecting the original
structure. Located in the centre of Trujillo (Caceres), 2 hours away from
Madrid and close to el Parque Natural de Monfrague. Trujillo is an
excellent base from which to explore the most important towns of Extremadura
and is just 254 km from Madrid. Nearby places of interest include: Natural
Park of Monfrage (40 km) Cceres (46 km) Guadalupe (80 km) Plasencia (90
km). The hotel offers buffet breakfast and continental cuisine as
well as a wide variety on the menu at the restaurant. Guests can
work out at the gymnasium or relax at the refreshing sauna and swimming
Palacio Santa Marta Hotel Trujillo
An emblematic Renaissance
style Palace, constructed in the XVI century, depicting a façade
sculpted by the famous stone-cutter, Francisco and within is the Santa
Marta Palace restaurant. Located in the main hall, its original construction
of stone-cutting has been preserved, the restaurant has one of the most
pleasant ambiences within the Trujillo population. An emblematic
palace of Renaissance style constructed in the XVI century with an exterior
by the famous stonecutter ‘Francisco de las Casas’ (Francisco of the Houses),
the restaurants Palace of Santa Marta lodges in its interior. Situated
in the main room, in which its original construction of stonework has been
conserved, is the restaurant, one of the most pleasant atmospheres within
the area of Trujillo.
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de Trujillo, Trujillo
This beautiful Parador is
located in the monumental town of Trujillo, the birthplace of discoverers,
in the former Santa Clara monastery, conserving the atmosphere of peace
and quiet offered by its conventual structure. Two beautiful cloisters
stand out inside, one Renaissance with arches and columns, the other offering
the site a note of luminosity which embellishes the surroundings. Ideal
for rest, leisure and work, the Parador has monastic style common rooms
and details, spacious, quiet and pleasant living rooms, noble bedrooms
in which wood takes precedence and a bar located in the space which the
refectory formerly occupied. The dishes served in the dining room are very
tempting, the most outstanding being the tomato and cumin soup, the eggs
scrambled with local products.