Next to the border between Spain and Portugal the city of Badajoz was born from the Guadiana river. An authentic jewel from Extremadura that stands out for a remarkable Arab and Muslim influence. You can find a solid fortress, ancestral ceramics, goldsmithing and beautiful cobblestone streets full of typical Muslim style arches.
Prepare your trip at our hotels in Badajoz, Spain and stay in the heart of this beautiful city. It will capture you with all the cultural treasures it has to offer.
Since the Middle Ages the Alcazaba fortification has stood out as a historical symbol. It’s an oval-shaped defensive wall where the Tower of the Atalaya, the doors of the Capitol and the Alpéndiz stand out. Inside, you can find the Galera Gardens and the Palace of the Condes de Roca, which are now the Provincial Archaeological Museum. It has an impressive collection of prehistoric, Visigoth, Arab and medieval pieces that offer an interesting history lesson. Also, you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the region.
If you visit the Plaza Alta you will discover the essence of Badajoz, its beautiful colours, and mixture of cultures around the city. If you are planning on going during the month of September, we suggest you to visit the famous Arab market that is celebrated during that month of the year. Also, you cannot miss walking through the city centre and admire the art surrounding the city.
Walking through San Pedro de Alcántara you will come across two emblems of the city: The Hermitage of La Soledad, where you can find the saint of Badajoz, and the Giraldilla, a beautiful replica of Seville’s Giralda (the cathedral tower). Every corner of this city oozes art with buildings as representative as the Cathedral of San Juan. This cathedral has a modest exterior and the appearance of a fortification, given that Badajoz had a frontier character for several centuries during the Reconquest. Inside you can find canvases by Zurbarán, Ribera, and Bocanegra. Apart from this, the Convent of the Adoratrices is worth visiting, given that it was built on the remains of the hermitage of San José.
There are innumerable pieces of architecture to explore through the city, but surely you will also want to relax and savour a good wine with a tapa. We recommend the Plaza de España or Plaza de la Soledad. Both are full of restaurants and taverns where you can eat the traditional Iberian ham.
Apart from the gastronomic heritage, you will see several parks and gardens surrounding the city. One of the most spectacular gardens is the Trinity garden, where you can admire similar trees to the redwoods and other tree species of the world. We also suggest visiting the following gardens: The Castelar, the Infantile or the Alcazaba.
We recommend you to book at any of our hotels in Badajoz with parking. It will give you the freedom to walk through the city and discover the culture and traditions of the locals without having to worry where to park your vehicle. Your best choice is Sercotel Gran Hotel Zurbarán. It’s a 4-star hotel very close to the main tourist attractions and the best shopping areas.
If you are a food lover you will enjoy eating in this area of Extremadura. You cannot leave Badajoz without trying the Iberian ham, the olive oil, a great cheese and the best wines. What else could you ask for?
Apart from being able to taste one of the best Iberian hams in the world, we also suggest trying some of the traditional dishes of the area: stew, lamb liver with onions, goat, roasted suckling pig, migas (bread crumbs) and quesadillas (tortilla with cheese). If you prefer sweet flavours, we suggest you to try the perrunillas (traditional dry cookies) or the almond puff pastry. Bon Appetite!
Don’t wait any longer and visit this beautiful city in Extremadura that offers a wide range of culture, art, and cuisine. Book your room at any of our hotels in Badajoz city centre and all you have to do is enjoy your stay.