Cáceres and Badajoz, united but different

Cáceres and Badajoz shape the autonomous community of Extremadura. Two provinces closely linked by many reasons, but very different from each other. Would you like to know them more thoroughly? Well come with us.

Cáceres and Badajoz, two very different provinces

Administratively, Cáceres and Badajoz are united, but that does not mean that their attractions are equal, on the contrary.While Badajoz stands out for its Roman influence, Cáceres is more medieval and in its territory there are fabulous natural spaces. Do you want to know what are the essentials that you can not miss in them?

What to see in Cáceres

View of Cáceres

Cáceres is a province full of interesting corners, from places with such charm as Plasencia, Trujillo or Guadalupe to unique natural spaces, such as the Sierra de Gata or Monfragüe.

There is much to see in it, but for its monumental wealth, we look at the capital, whose historic center is a World Heritage Site

Your Plaza Mayor

It is the heart of the city and gateway to the monumental area. Surrounded by arcades, you can see the Bujaco Tower, the Town Hall, the Grass Tower and the Balbos Forum.

You have to spend some time visiting the Bujaco Tower for many reasons. First, because it is one of the emblems of the city. Second, because inside there is a center of interpretation of the history of Cáceres. And third, because from the top you will have spectacular panoramic views. Can we put a price on that?

Santa Maria Square

Co-cathedral of Santa Maria - Alph Thomas / Flickr.com

Another square full of monuments. It highlights the Co-Cathedral of Santa María, the largest Christian temple in Cáceres. It is a sturdy temple, with thick walls, built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries on an earlier construction. On the other side of the square is the Episcopal Palace.

Provincial Museum

How could a museum in Cáceres be missing with all the history it has in its streets? Impossible! In the Provincial Museum of Cáceres you can enjoy three sections that will bring you closer to the city and its history: the archeological, the fine arts and the ethnographic.

Its Almohad Almohad is one of the emblems of Cáceres present in all images and postcards of the city. It is a must in your visit to Cáceres. Do not miss it!

San Mateo Square

At this point we could say that Cáceres is the city of squares. Here you will find the Weapons Museum of the Diego de Ovando Palace, a visit that you can not miss.

What to see in Badajoz

Cáceres and Badajoz, we said, are united, however, they are very different. In this province they stand out, above all localities of long history.

The Alcazaba of Badajoz

Alcazaba of Badajoz

The provincial capital is not as monumental as the city of Cáceres, but it also has its attractions. Stresses the Arab citadel, a construction of the twelfth century. With more than 1200 meters of wall it is one of the largest in its style worldwide. Its beauty and state of conservation is such that it is a Historic-Artistic Monument.

Merida

Roman Theater of Mérida

You cannot tour Extremadura and overlook Mérida. A city where you have to admire its theater, the temple dedicated to Diana and many other ruins that show the splendid past of what was one of the most important cities in Roman Hispania.

Capital of the autonomous community, Mérida deserves much more than a quick visit. It is not a World Heritage Site since 1993.

Jerez of the Knights

As his name sounds, so is the town. A town that seems brought from the medieval era and that has many things to see, including fabulous churches, palaces and noble houses. Keep in mind that it was one of the capitals of the Temple Order. It is worth visiting.

The pastures

Badajoz pasture

The Iberian ham of Extremadura is famous, and therefore it is advisable to visit the south of the community, to the meadows of Badajoz, to taste their best pieces. If you approach the area where the pigs are raised and the hams are made you will learn a lot about the process of this sausage.

The Wine Route

Another of the essentials is to make the Wine Route of the Ribera del Guadiana. Do not miss the opportunity to know where the vines are grown and how this wine is made, which is positioning itself in the market by leaps and bounds.

Have you already taken good note of what places to see in Cáceres and Badajoz? The truth that the best thing is to go by car and take a tour of both provinces to know them thoroughly. Although, as always, you choose what and how.

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