We are excited to announce that Conde Nast Traveller has featured Trujillo Villas and the Spanish National Cheese Festival in their Best Festivals Around the World article! To find out more you can read the full article here.
The Spanish National Cheese Festival is held in our very own Trujillo and is a culinary highlight for any foodie! In Spanish, it is called the Feria del Queso. The 5-day festival will take place around the first weekend in May 2016 (dates are still to be confirmed). Watch this space! The main square is transformed into a mini cheese village, made up of 100's stands displaying the finest local and national cheeses. Competition amongst the stalls is fierce and prizes are given for best annual cheese winner. There's no better way to enjoy the festival than by staying at one of our fantastic villas!
Did you know that Spain is the fourth biggest consumer of cheese behind France, Switzerland and Italy respectively? This national love of cheese is best experienced firsthand at the Spanish Cheese Festival - hosted every year in Trujillo. Trujillo is not only a perfect place for a gastronomic holiday (three local cheeses have been given PDO protection), it is also a stunningly beautiful destination for a Spanish holiday.
During the 5 days of the festival, there will be hundreds and thousands of cheeses for you to taste and try. From local delicacy goat cheese to national favourite buffalo mozzarella, if you love cheese then there’s no better holiday for you. Some of the cheeses that you’ll get to taste include:
Manchego cheese - Spain's most famous cheese and often heralded as Don Quixote’s personal favourite. Made from La Mancha sheep’s’ milk, it is famed for a rich flavour and beautiful texture.
Ibores cheese - A fantastic local delicacy made in Trujillo and the Extremadura region. Queso ibores has been given PDO protection signalling its quality and uniqueness. Favoured for its smooth texture and creamy taste, this goat’s cheese is a delicious accompaniment with a refreshing beer or crisp white wine.
La Serena cheese - Queso de la serena is a delectable cheese made from sheep’s milk. One of the local
Trujillo cheeses also awarded the PDO; the cheese is curdled with a coagulant found in the pistils of artichoke giving it a light bitterness that compliments the cheese’s naturally slightly salty taste. Traditionally, La Serena cheese is eaten by slicing off the top and eating the inside with a spoon.
Torta del Casar - This delicious Extremadura cheese is named after Casar de Caceres - the city of its origin. Unlike La Serena which uses artichokes, Torta del Casar uses a coagulant found in the pistils of cardoon - a local wild thistle. The cheese was given PDO status in 1999 and is famous for its production process - it takes the milk of 20 sheep to make a single 2.2 lb wheel of cheese. Similar to La Serena, this cheese can be eaten with a spoon and is great for families.
Other cheeses included Idiazabal (a delicious cheese that can be smoked), Valdeón (a strong tasting blue cheese) and Murcian wine cheese (queso de Murcia al vino; famed for being washed with red wine during the maturation process).
Trujillo Food and Wine
Trujillo is also a fantastic place to enjoy some of the finest food Spain and Europe has to offer. Extremadura is famous for its dehesa forests which are vital for the region’s most famous export - iberico ham.
Iberico ham is made from black iberico pigs that eat the acorns from the dehesa oak forests. Iberico ham is famous for its delicate and beautiful taste and is often quoted as being the world’s finest ham. Delicious as part of tapas or on some locally baked bread with some wine.
In addition to this, Trujillo and the Extremadura region are also famous for producing paprika - Spain’s second most valuable spice after saffron. During the Spanish Cheese Festival, you will be able to enjoy many wonderful local dishes. You can read our recommendations for local restaurants here.
Trujillo isn't just famous for its delicious cuisine and gastronomy; it’s also rich in history and culture. Birthplace of the Conquistadors, Trujillo boasts unique architecture with many palaces, churches and one of the finest main squares in Spain.
The cheese festival is held in the Plaza Mayor (Main Square). Famed for its distinctive atmosphere and nightlife, the Square is also home to Trujillo’s most recognisable landmark - the magnificent statue of Francisco Pizarro, the Conquistador who conquered Peru in the 16th century. The square is lined with restaurants and bars - with many allowing you to eat on the square itself.
Other local highlights include the towns impressive castle at the top of the town, Santa Maria church and several 16th century palaces owned by esteemed Spanish families. Trujillo is also home to the famous 'nuns with buns' experience - cakes and biscuits are baked within the cloister of the Santa Clara convent by a closed order of nuns and you can order them though a hidden turntable.
There are also several other beautiful cities just a short car ride away that are perfect for day trips. Guadalupe, Caceres and Merida. Extremadura is also famous for its beautiful flora and fauna with many rare birds to be found. Trujillo makes for a fantastic bird watching holiday in Europe where you can enjoy the warm weather and long hours of sunshine to your bird watching advantage.
Our rental villas offer the perfect escape in authentic Spain. Steeped in history, the properties offer a wealth of possibilities to suit all budgets. Choose from the perfect room with a view, a romantic getaway, a garden paradise or a unique historic palacio. We offer our guests a unique range of luxury villa rental properties.
Villa Piedras Albas is situated on the Main Square itself and has an incredible loggia balcony overlooking the square - what better way to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Trujillo atmosphere? As one of Trujillo’s most historic landmarks, it is a stunning example of 16th century Renaissance architecture. The loggia offers a fantastic view of the many celebrations, fiestas and festivals that happen during the year in Trujillo, including the cheese festival.
Villa Martires and the Garden Cottage, built in Roman times and extended in 12th century as military garrison to town’s castle, offer high end luxury in an elegant private estate. A dream destination with 180 degree spectacular views, private tennis court and stunning Roman style swimming pool.
Villa Moritos, originally part of a Conquistador’s mansion, is a private wonderland set within charming walled gardens with spacious living areas and spectacular views. The accommodation is elegantly presented on ground floor level throughout, opening on to secluded gardens, immaculate front and side terraces, a variety of outside dining and seating areas and an attractive swimming pool.
The Artists Studio is perfect for couples. This quaint property is just a short walk from the Main Square and is ideal for weekend breaks away.
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