Cáceres and Extremadura – Holidays for food lovers in Spain
Cáceres, one of many beautiful towns in Extremadura, was recently featured in Conde Nast Traveller magazine as one of the best places to eat in Spain and we couldn’t agree more! Cáceres is just a short drive from Trujilloand is well worth stopping by if you are on a Spanish driving holiday.
The whole Extremedura region in Spain is famed for its culinary delights with tasty traditional dishes and delicious local delicacies.
Delicious food on holiday in Extremadura
Extremadura makes for more than just a fantastic holiday destination. Its fine long summers and rich arable land make it one of Spain’s produce hotspots.
The sprawling dehesa landscapes provide the region with one of its most prestigious exports. Iberico ham is famed the world over for its sweet delicate flavours and melt-in-your-mouth texture. Some say there is no finger ham in the world – reflected in its price.
One joint of Iberico ham can cost thousands of dollars. The tender meat gets its rich flavour and dark colour from the black Iberico pigs that feed on the rich acorns from the dehesa forests.
The region is also famed for its many cheeses and wine.
Trujillo is the host of Spain’s National Cheese festival but the Extremadura region produces many of Spain’s finest cheese – many of which are awarded with PDO status, highlighting their significance. You will find many rich and delicate goats’ and sheep’s cheeses.
Manchego is perhaps Spain’s most famous cheese. Made from sheep’s milk this cheese is delicious with a wonderful texture.
The region also produces Ibores, La Serena and Torta del Casar – three of Spain’s most renowned cheeses. If you are a cheese lover, we definitely recommend you visit Trujillo during the National Spanish Cheese Festival. You can even stay at Villa Piedras Albas – our luxury villa rental property in Spain that offers unparalleled views of the main square in Trujillo and the festival.
Wine lovers in Extremadura
The dry region also produces many varieties of wine. The Denominacion de Origen, Ribera del Guadiana, is Extremadura’s most famous wine producing region. Both white and red grape varieties are grown and wine is created locally. You can enjoy a crisp glass of cold white wine whilst taking in the magnificent vistas for the Extremadura countryside from one of the loggias at our luxury villa rentals in Trujillo.
For the more adventurous tipple, you might want to try liquor de bellota, literally translated as ‘acorn liqueur’ this clear, golden drink can be enjoyed throughout Extremadura.
Delicious traditional cuisine in Trujillo
Apart from the local produce, Trujillo and Extremadura boasts a variety of delicious traditional dishes. Some popular dishes include roasted partridge, lentils served with bacon, asparagus and sea salt, trout with lemon and for the sweet toothed amongst us, delectable chocolate covered figs.
Migas is perhaps one of the region’s most beloved culinary treats. In Trujillo, migas is made with breadcrumbs soaked in water, garlic, paprika, olive oil and often served with pork or bacon. It is a delicious yet simple dish that reflects the region’s local produce.
Of course, Trujillo also features cold soups popular in Spanish cuisine. Ajo blanco, a type of white cold soup is very popular. It is served with peeled grapes or slices of melon and is refreshing on the region’s hottest days. Then there is also bacalao monacal, a type of fish stock made with cod based on recipes from local monasteries.
Driving holidays through rural Spain
Trujillo and the Extremadura region are perfect for driving holidays or anyone wishing to experience the traditional Spanish culture and lifestyle untainted by tourism. The town of Trujillo is just a short two hour’s drive from Madrid but it couldn’t feel more different.
The town’s population is small and the quiet, meandering cobbled streets are a peaceful antithesis to a city’s hustle and bustle. Trujillo provides a fantastic base for anyone wishing to explore the Extremadura region – from Trujillo you can access the major towns and cities of Cáceres, Badajoz, Guadalupe and Yuste. Each has a distinct personality but Trujillo has countless charms itself.
The architecture is phenomenal. At every corner you will be greeted by exquisite examples of Renaissance, Moorish and Roman architecture – reflecting the town’s tumultuous past. For history buffs, Trujillo features in the Iberian Peninsular War. For anyone looking to enjoy nature, the region has exceptional bird watching opportunities. Many storks can be found nesting in Trujillo’s buildings and wild buzzards can be seen circling the old castle; it is truly a magical sight.
Accommodation in Trujillo
Trujillo Villas Espana has several luxury villa rental properties in the heart of the town. Suitable for a range of budgets, our villas are great for family holidays in Spain or large group bookings.
Villa Moritos is one of our most popular villas. Sleeping eight, this beautiful and spacious property has stunning views of the Extremaduran landscape – reaching out towards Portugal and the Gredos mountains.
Villa Martires is a grand luxury villa to rent in Spain, with unspoilt 180 degree views of the countryside. Situated near the castle, it boasts its own private tennis court, swimming pool and garden.
And then there is Villa Piedras Albas, a historic palacio situated on the main square of Trujillo. The villa was built in 1530 and its unique Florentine arched loggia provides prime views of Trujillo’s many wonderful fiestas and festivals.
For anyone wishing to book one of our villas in Extremadura, please call us on +44 207 385 5345 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.