Extremadura is comprised of two provinces: Badajoz and Cacares.
Though very much a Spanish region, because of its position on the border with Portugal, Extremadura has absorbed aspects of both Portuguese and Spanish cultures.
Although a vast, arid and sparsely-populated region, it has a special charm of its own which makes many visitors want to stay.
Extremadura boasts a rich architectural heritage which makes it a delight for anyone interested in history.
There are no less than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Roman ruins in Merida (it is said there are more Roman ruins in Merida than in any other urban centre in Spain), the magnificently-preserved medieval quarter in Caceres, and the ancient monastery in Guadalupe, are all must-sees.
The lifestyle in Extremadura is somewhat more relaxed than in other places. With its Mediterranean climate and rural hideaways, it is the ideal place to get away from the rat race.
Culinary delights abound too in Extremadura, and the region truly excels in the production of Spanish cured ham. Add to this the ubiquitous olive oil, and the fine cheeses of the region, and you won't want to leave. Many fine wines are also produced here, especially in the north around Caceres.
Transport and communications have improved considerably in recent years, and, because of Extremadura's unique location, Portugal and the cities and coasts of Andalusia are all within easy travelling distance.