TRUJILLO'S ENVIRONS


An area the size of Switzerland with under a million inhabitants Extremadura is big on nature

  • visit UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Monfrague & Geoparque Villuercas for nature walking, wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery

And with three UNESCO world Heritage sites & nicknamed cradle of the conquistadors Extremadura is no less rich in history & culture

  • visit Extremadura's "golden triangle", the cities of Mérida, Cáceres & Guadalupe

NATIONAL PARKS

Encompassing one continuous mountainous region, geologically once part of the North American Apelachians, Monfrague & Villuercas offer nature at it's most pristine and remote

MONFRAGUE

Named Mons Fragorum - the fragrant mounds - by the Romans, the park conserves precious indigenous flora and fauna and is a walker's and bird-watcher's paradise

As many as 340 bird species settle here within each yearly cycle. Species include the Golden Eagle, Black Egyptian Vulture, Black Stork and the elusive Iberian Lynx. The area is also rich in plant diversity

VILLUERCAS

Designated geo-park by UNESCO in 2011 the region is a symbol for sustainable tourism

All roads lead to the cultural and spiritual heart, the shrine to Our Lady Of Guadalupe

The park's physical pinnacle, the 1601m peak Risco De La Villuerca, offers views of the peaks and valleys of this achingly beautiful landscape

GOLDEN TRIANGLE: Extremadura's World Heritage

GUADALUPE

Nestled in he mountain landscape of Geoparque Villuercas-Ibores the diminutive village of Guadalupe houses a Great Basilica and Real Monasterio dedicated to Extremadura's Patron Saint. The Monasterio curates works by Spain's Caravaggio, Zurbarán, Velazquez, El Greco and other masters

MÉRIDA

Ancient capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, Augusta Emérita preserves the country's most complete ensemble of Roman archeological remains, the amphitheatre the site for the annual festival of classical theatre

Modern Mérida maintains its power base as the seat of Extremadura's regional parliament

CÁCERES

The provincial capital preserves an architectural heritage well worth a visit, the City's Moorish walls contanining the second largest water cistern in the world

Nearby Barruecos Regional Park offers walking around lakes and rock formations sculpted by the elements. Within the Park the Vostel Museum houses works by the eccentric German artist of the same name and others

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