Culturally, Extremadura is rich with the legacy of the various civilizations that have prevailed in the Iberian Peninsula. Its cuisine, festivals and local traditions have survived the centuries and still form part of everyday life. Historical towns and villages, where the legacy of the past is still visible today.
Recommendation of the tour:
This tour implies a considerable walking time while visiting archaeological site and exploring the cobbled streets of some villages, please be sure of a minimum level of fitness
Length: 7 days
Visiting period: February. March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Others: Comfortable shoes, Camera, Notebook
THE DAY OF “PREHISTORIA &MIDDLE AGES”
Morning excursion to Dolmen of Lácara one of the Best example in Extremadura, a nice walk through the typical dehesa, to discover how Agriculture was already well organized during the Neolithic period, and land was used in a sustainable manner. Finally the Archaeological museum in Caceres and walking around this old town we find medieval walls, palaces, churches, squares and streets, which are all in the best conditions. Cáceres also shows spectacular defensive towers of the middle ages.
THE DAY OF ”ROMAN RUINS PART Ⅰ”
Morning excursion to the Majestic Roman Bridged in Alcantara, built on the Roman road that connects Caceres with Viseu in Portugal, and the roman ruin of Caparra , the Arc of Caparra it’s the highlight, a four –fronted arch structure unique in the Iberian peninsula. Interesting also it reaching Baños de Montemayor, to learn about the old roman thermal, converted into health resort nowadays.
THE DAY OF ”ROMAN RUINS PART II”
The Roman archaeological ensemble of Mérida was declared world heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. The main monuments are the theatre, the amphitheatre and the circus. Also The Roman temple of Diana, the bridge over the Guadiana River, the aqueduct of the miracles and the Arch of Trajan stand out. The National Museum of Roman art, designed by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo, exposes numerous objects from the Roman archaeological site of the city.
Visit by bus to Metellinun, the current Medellin.
THE DAY OF “VISIGOTHIC RUIN”
Morning excursion to “Santa Lucia Basilica”, almost unknown until it was taken to light in 1981, under the guise of a barn, by Professor Juan Rosco and his wife, in an area where many archaeological evidence of Paleo-Christian era are.
A visit to Visigoth art museum, Santa Maria church, Santa EULALIA basilica and Xenodochium in Merida.
THE DAY OF “CASTLES ROUTE”
Morning excursion to Zafra, with an important Arabic nucleus and the alcazar of dukes de feria, a stop by Toriñuelo Dolmen, national monuments and continue to Jerez, site of the last stand of the knights templar. Stunning views from its tower.
Fregenal de las Sierra offers the templar castle which house a bullring and a market.
This area is the best representation of the typical Extremadura dehesa, and good home for the Iberian pig, opportunity to try some good “jamón” in a typical village “tapas bar” and local shops to by some “PataNegra Iberian Ham”.
THE DAY OF “ARABS & MUDEJAR”
Morning visit to Trujillo, which has left an important mark on history, a tour though the stunning old town, structure round the monumental plaza Mayor and the old Arab fortress before going to Guadalupe, a historic village with cobbled streets and one of the most emblematic places in Extremadura, the royal Monastery of Guadalupe offers a Mudejar cloister and painting of Zurbaran.
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