About Trujillo

About Trujillo

Romantic and Picturesque Spain

Extremadura, Spain’s most up and coming province, is a vast area of huge open skies and romantic rugged landscapes lined with olive groves. A perfect getaway for a romantic holiday in Spain.

Situated at the western edge of Spain, bordering Portugal, Extremadura is famous for its rich history, natural resources and range of top-quality fine foods. 

Medieval & Historic Trujillo

Trujillo is one of the area’s most important historic and cultural towns and considered as Extremadura’s finest gem. The walled hilltop town which overlooks over the expansive unspoilt countryside, dates back to 600BC and is famed for its strategic involvement in the discovery of the Americas.

Following the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492, a group of soldiers known as the Conquistadors brought much of the Americas under the control of Spain during the 15th and 16th centuries. The most famous conquistadors were Hernán Cortes (1485-1547) who conquered the Aztec Empire, Francisco Pizarro (1471-1541) who conquered the Inca Empire and founded Lima, Diego Paredes (1466-1534) who founded Trujillo in Venezuela and Francisco de Orellana (1464-1536) who discovered the Amazon. All these men were born in Extremadura, as were many of the conquerors who were from Spain.

On their return from the Americas to Trujillo, the Conquistadors built magnificent residences to celebrate the colonisation of South America and new found wealth. The legacy of the conquest can be seen in much of Trujillo’s perfectly preserved architecture and the impressive bronze statue of Francisco Pizzaro mounted on his horse, which dominates the town’s main square.

In 1970, the Spanish state declared Trujillo as a "National Monument of Historic & Artistic Buildings" and today the pretty town and surrounding rural area remains an exceptional destination to visit.

 

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