Zafra and the Tierra de Barros
Easy-paced week exploring southern Extremadura from one of our favourite hotels - small international guided group
A lively small town in the province of Badajoz, Zafra is the ideal place from which to explore this little-known region with its forest-clad hills, fertile plains (the Tierra de Barros) and dehesas - particularly beautiful in the early spring, with carpets of meadow flowers - with Iberian black pigs, goats and sheep.
7 DAYS (6 NIGHTS) Activities: a variety of visits and 3 walks of 1h30-2h30 (denivellation max +200m) based in Zafra, in one of our favourite hotels. Excellent Extremaduran specialities: meat of the Iberian black pig, retinta beef, bacalao dorado, cachuela extremeña... Roman spa morning at Alange: discover the benefits of the waters of this 2000 year-old thermal resort, as well as the original buildings! Bring your bathing costume, the rest is provided on site. Group 10 maximum.
FULL BOARD in rooms for two (private bathrooms).
2020 22-28 March.
PRICE 795 euros per person; single room supplement 115 euros.
RENDEZVOUS Seville, in the early afternoon - choose a flight / train arriving before 14.00.
DISPERSAL Seville, in the late morning - flight departing after 14.00 / train after 12.00.
Seville airport is well served by international flights, or fly to Madrid and take the AVE high-speed train to Santa Justa station.
If you wish to arrive one or more days beforehand to visit Seville, we recommend an hotel in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, close to the Cathedral, Giralda and Alcázares (double room 75-95 / single 45-60 euros a night; we can make the booking for you and will pick you up at the hotel).
Location of this programme:
SUNDAY: Early afternoon departure across the Sierra Morena, natural frontier of Andalusia and Extremadura (with visits en route including the Tentudía Monastery superb viewpoint and the castle of Montemolín, to Zafra, whose whitewashed houses suggest an Andalusian town, but with some very extremeño features like a castle and two plazas porticadas. Our hotel for six nights is in a historic building on the Plaza Grande, and has excellent Extremaduran cuisine.
MONDAY: Introductory exploration of the alleys and squares of Zafra. Walk in the spectacular quartzite landscapes of the Sierra de Hornachos.
TUESDAY: The curious, large dolmen of Huerta de Montero. The unique Iberian palace-temple of Cancho Roano, the early Roman fort of Hijovejo and the Mudéjar church of Puebla de la Reina.
WEDNESDAY: Badajoz, Extremadura's biggest city: cathedral, castle and archaeological museum. An afternoon ramble around Feria and its ducal castle.
THURSDAY: Burguillos del Cerro and Jerez de los Caballeros with their Templar past and ornate baroque towers, and Olivenza this town was the last to be ceded by Portugal to Spain, and conserves a marked Portuguese atmosphere.
FRIDAY: The Llerena area including an unusual visit to an old iron mine (on foot, with local guide), and the Regina Roman site. The spa village of Alange whose Roman baths are still in use: bathing possible (see above); entry included in the holiday price. Visit to a bodega of the 'Tierra de Barros'.
SATURDAY: Transfer to Seville.
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