Extremaduran Kaleidoscope
Very easy-paced week exploring Extremadura from two of our favourite hotels - small international guided group

Extremadura offers us a broad palette of civilizations and landscapes... Fascinating remains of prehistoric, Iberian, Roman, Visigothic and Moorish times... Romanesque, Mudéjar, Manueline and baroque monuments... the elegant Conquistador cities of Cáceres and Trujillo... the rich birdlife of the llanos and Monfragüe... the carpets of spring flowers of the dehesa...

9 DAYS (8 nights) Activities: visits; 4 walks of 1-2 hrs in practically flat terrain. 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.

in rooms for 2 in comfortable hotels (private bathrooms) at Zafra and Trujillo (4 nights at each). Excellent tapas and other specialities of Extremadura: meat of the Iberian black pig, retinta beef, bacalao dorado, migas del pastor, cachuela extremeña...

DATES (Tuesday-Wednesday)

2018 10-18 April.

945 euros per person; single room supplement 155 euros.

RENDEZVOUS Seville, 17.00 at Santa Justa station or at the airport.
DISPERSAL Seville. Choose a fight departing after 16.00 or a train after 14.00.
If you wish to arrive beforehand or stay longer, we can reserve you our Seville hotel (double 90 / single 45 euros a night).

Location of this programme:

TUESDAY: Transfer to Zafra, where the whitewashed houses suggest an Andalusian town, but with some very extremeño features like a castle and two plazas porticadas, and where our hotel for four nights is in a historic building on the Plaza Grande.

WEDNESDAY: Walls, palace, squares and other monuments of Zafra. A bodega of Ribera del Guadiana wine. The flowered surroundings of Feria castle.

THURSDAY: A curious dolmen. The Roman fort of Hijovejo and the unique Iberian temple of Cancho Roano.

FRIDAY: 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.

SATURDAY: Alange Roman baths, still in use! We explore the incredibly rich Roman remains of Mérida, capital of Roman Hispania Lusitanica and now of the autonomous region of Extremadura. The fabulous Museo Nacional de Arte Romano. We arrive at Trujillo, where we stay 4 nights in a recently-restored palace in the old city, and take our evening meals on the splendid Plaza Mayor.

SUNDAY: El Palancar, the world's smallest convent. Monfragüe National Park: observation of numerous vultures and other birds. Walk of the dehesa, to the walls of Trujillo, and agreeable tour of the alleys, squares and fortified pink granite palaces of the old city, birthplace of the notorious Conquistadores Orellana and Pizarro, as well as Padre Las Casas, defender of the Amerindians.

MONDAY: Sierra de Guadalupe: rocky summits and legendary sites; the monastery and picturesque village of Guadalupe; a short walk on the Camino de Alfonso XI, in the steps of pilgrims coming to Guadalupe from the north. The castle of the Pizarros.

TUESDAY: The walled city of Cáceres, UNESCO world heritage. Los Barruecos: strange granite scenery with lagoons, terrapins and storks. The delightful Plaza Mayor of Garrovillas, with its arcades all askew.

WEDNESDAY: Transfer to Seville.

Mar y Sierra: West Andalusia / Sierras of Extremadura (walking) / Old Castile (walking)
Discovery: Almagro-La Mancha / Berlanga-Soria / Jaén / Candás-Costa Verde / Liérganes-Santander
Two centre discovery: Ciudad Rodrigo & Arribes del Duero / Ruta del Oro / Al-Andalus
Mar y Sierra Zambombas
(festive Jerez & Cordoba) / Xmas 2018 Cordoba / New Year 18-19 Trujillo
walking: Andalusia / Mar y Sierra: Asturias / Mar y Sierra: Cantabria / Albarracín-Cuenca-Teruel / La Rioja
nature rambles / Festivals–Andalusia / Festival–Almagro / Festival–Ciudad Rodrigo
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