Situated on the western border between Portugal and Spain, Extremadura (literal translation: very harsh) is an autonomous community of Spain and contains two provinces: Badajoz and Cacares - both well-worth a visit.
The region has proven to be an extremely important player in the conservation of Spanish wildlife, with its hugely popular nature reserve in Monfrague declared a National Park in 2007.
To get to Extremadura, you will probably fly to Madrid and take the motorway south for approximately 230km. Once you’ve reached Extremadura, you can head to the town of Guadalupe and hike across La Ruta de Isabel La Catolica.
You can get the nearby village of Canamero by bus, and once there, the hiking journey past beautiful lakes and across stunning hills is half a day well-spent.
Extremadura is mainly influenced by the Mediterranean climate, although the northern and westernmost parts of the region are more influenced by continental and Atlantic climates respectively. The vast majority of the country regularly experiences long, warm summers with droughts proving to be particularly common every few years. Its close proximity to the Atlantic coast contributes to lengthy winters at reasonably cool to mild temperatures. The average yearly minimum temperature is around 5°C, whilst the average maximum temperature is around 34°C.
Extremadura portrays typical Spanish culture through its cuisine, architecture and lifestyle, whilst there is also an abundance of natural landscapes, monument sites and ancient forms of architecture that give you an idea of the history of the regions cultural values.
There are three places in Extremadura that are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the major theatre festival takes place every year at the Merida archaeological site, which can also be explored at any time to uncover more about the history of the region.
If you venture further out to the surrounding areas, you may come across the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria in Guadalupe - another outstanding tourist destination.
You can acquire a property in Extremadura for a respectable price of €165K on average.