In Extremadura, the landscape is linked to gastronomy and gastronomy is linked to the landscape. With aromas of rosemary, rockrose, thyme, lavender, and a thousand herbs that are steeped in the essence of their dishes. It has hints of acorns, countryside delights, green pastures and clear streams flowing down from snowy peaks.
Hints of chestnuts, olives, tomatoes and sweet and tasty fruits observed from a bird’s (or rather vulture’s) eye view. Flavors of nature that permeate Caceres’ meat, sausages and cheeses, from Las Hurdes to Tierra de Barros, through the Valleys of Jerte and Ibor, through the plains or the water of La Serena, or even the Banks of the Guadiana river, the Sierra de Gata, Villuercas and the thousand Meadows appearing on the horizon.
Do you want to savor Extremadura?
One of the main advantages of renting a car is the freedom that it gives you in order to visit other places beyond big cities and make trips without depending on public transport’s schedules or limitations. Do you want to know what things to do in Valencia if you are in the region and want to see the area beyond its capital?
During December, the Christmas market on Madrid’s Plaza Mayor is flooded by fir trees, outlandish wigs , nativity pieces and, of course, many, many children. Every tourist and family in town can’t miss the tradition of visiting the mythical market at least once. However, those looking for the perfect gift outside mainstream commercial routes in the capital, should keep in mind that the pop-up market season just started. The best pop-up stores open their doors in unique locations (such as palaces, greenhouses, etc.) to show the latest trends proposed by craftspeople and designers. Here, Christmas shopping becomes a complete entertainment experience, given the fact that most of these markets have additional concerts, playgrounds, food trucks…
Toledo’s traditional cuisine
Toledo’s traditional cuisine can be defined as tasteful and evocative, expressive, bright, frank and direct, consistent and nutritious. A joyful assembly between simplicity (its products) and sublimation (the ingenuity of its people). Because its ingredients are rather humble, Toledo’s gastronomy requires high doses of wit and ability to make the best of each product and succeed in the harmony of tastes. These were the arguments that the town of Toledo used to promote its candidacy for next year’s Spanish Gastronomy Capital contest. The La Mancha city will hold the title from January 1st 2016, taking up the baton from Caceres. The culinary term coincides with the celebration of its 30th anniversary as UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
Winter in Extremadura
This winter, let’s head south to the Spanish region of Extremadura where we will be able to explore the areas of Tentudia and Sierra Suroeste. These landscapes will transport us to the times of Knights Templar, Arab legends and endless battles . This land is marked by hills and meadows of oaks, the silent witnesses during centuries of military conflicts between Muslims and Christians. This is the reason why we can still run into citadels and fortresses today that help us imagine the kind of life the inhabitants of this region lived for centuries . This is a route to feel like a real medieval knight!
Are you a wine lover? Then maybe you know that Jerez de la Frontera is the European Wine City 2015, which made the city bloom with (even more) wine-related events and festivals. Its successor city is Reguengos de Monsaraz, a Portuguese town which, coincidentally, is just 300 km away from Jerez, in the region of Alentejo. You can guess what we are thinking, right? Why not take advantage of it and make a route by car? You can travel from one location to another through Huelva and visit both places that were chosen European Wine City of the Year.