Extremadura is one of most engaging and beautiful regions of Spain. Its landscapes are stunning, its towns and villages charming and picturesque, its wild-life justifiably world-famous.
On two days I am delighted to say that we shall be joined by local experts in wild-life whose delightful and insightful commentaries add so much to our days out and about. We divide the Tour between two wonderful places, Trujillo and Guadalupe, where we shall be entertained by two wonderful families: the Mariscals in Trujillo and the ‘family’ of the Royal Monastery in Guadalupe.
DAYS 1, 2 & 3: Flying into Madrid, we drive through the north of la Mancha and across the Province of Cáceres. The scenery gets more interesting as the journey progresses. Our destination is Trujillo, one of the most attractive historic towns in Spain.
Its Plaza Mayor (which James Michener admired so much), its Old Quarter with its Moorish castle are outstanding. Many of the conquerors of Spanish America were born in Trujillo; most returned, having made their pile, and built extravagant and impressive stately homes in the town centre. We make two excursions from Trujillo: to Mérida, Augusta Emerita of the Romans, the best-preserved Roman city in Iberia.
Its theatre, amphitheatre, hippodrome, temples and extensive villas make it one of the best preserved Roman cities in Europe. We also go to Cáceres, another World Heritage Site, whose totally unadulterated medieval city centre perfectly evokes the Spain of the 15th century.