Badajoz is the capital of the region of Extremadura, and is famous for great food and wine, especially its jamon de pata negra (quality Iberian cured ham).

You can visit the wonderful Fine Arts museum, and the Arqueological museum, and there’s an impressive Golf course for keen golfers.

The city is becoming more and more cosmopolitan and there’s a significant international student population in the city, giving more and more of a multicultural feel to the place. There’s no shortage of hot-spots for night life, with no end of fabulous pubs and places to eat out, which have a range of prices.

In February, Badajoz celebrates its famous Carnival, which is the third biggest in Spain (after Tenerife and Cádiz), which local people prepare for all year round. The extraordinary Carnival procession is definitely worth experiencing, and dancing in the streets to music from huge sound systems continues into the small hours.

While getting around on foot is perfectly feasible, there are good local bus services, and there are various coach companies operating locally to get to other cities. And if getting out and about is your thing, then don’t hesitate to visit the surrounding villages and take in the beautiful surroundings. A day trip to the nearby towns and villages once in the while is worth doing.