In this region you will find castles, citadels from the days of the Arabs and towns with interesting historic sections to explore and scenic parks.
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Near to the border of Portugal just to the east, Badajoz is a scenic city with historic monuments and a fortress dating back to Roman times, the Alcazaba. Home to the Regional Archaeological Museum, it was an important defensive position not only to the Romans, but the later arriving Moors and the independent kingdom during the Taifa kingdoms.
Other places to visit include the historic quarter with its medieval homes and buildings, the Cathedral of Badajoz, built in Romanesque Gothic style, the Extremaduran Museum of Spanish-American Contemporary Art as well as the Regional Museum of Fine Arts.
Just outside of the city, places to see are the Roman Bridge, a 80 arch long bridge spanning 800 metres, as well as the Aqueduct of Los Milagros, which supplied the residents with water.
This city was once the capital of Lusitania, during the time of the Romans, under Emperor Augustus. It also occupied a strategic position on the Silver Route (the Pilgrims Route; Vía de la Plata). Places to go in Merida include the Teatro Romano de Mérida (still used today for live performances) the Temple of Diana, the Arch of Trajan and The National Museum of Roman Art.
Also in the province of Badajoz, Extremadura, Almendralejo are notable historic buildings such the convent of Order of St. Clare, where you can buy handmade sweets made by the nuns themselves. Also nearby is the Franciscan convent of San Antonio, built in the year 1652. The region itself has been occupied since pre-historic times.
With a World Heritage historic quarter, Cáserces is favourite tourist destination in Spain. With its palaces, stately homes and the Moorish citadel that dominates the town, as well as the beautiful plazas
This park reserve is renowned for its scenic vistas of its river canyons and forests of oak. There are also plenty of fauna, over two hundred different species have been recorded here.
Not far from Mérida is the Cornalvo Nature Reserve, covered by oak trees and cork trees. In the surrounds there extensive crop growing areas including olives and regional wine vineyards.
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