Nestled near the Portuguese border, Badajoz, the capital of the province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain, is a blend of rich history, cultural vibrancy, and natural beauty. Read more

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This city, once a significant Moorish kingdom, continues to exude medieval charm. Founded by the Visigoths in the 7th century and later fortified by the Moors, Badajoz played a critical role in the Reconquista and the Peninsular War. Its past has shaped its architecture, culture, and ethos. Encircled by ancient walls, the town's alleys echo tales of centuries gone by. Yet, beyond its historical grandeur, Badajoz thrives as a modern city, peppered with contemporary amenities, bustling markets, and lively festivals.
The Guadiana River graces the city, adding to its scenic charm. Furthermore, Badajoz's proximity to the Portuguese border makes it a unique blend of Iberian cultures, evident in its cuisine, art, and daily life.
Badajoz, with its footprints of time and whispers of history, is a city that transcends eras. It invites visitors to unravel its stories, indulge in its multicultural flavors, and soak in its timeless beauty.

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What to do in Badajoz

Alcazaba of Badajoz

A massive Moorish fortress from the 9th century, it offers panoramic views of the city. Its battlements and towers stand as testimony to the city's tumultuous past.

La Giralda

A replica of Seville's famous Giralda, this bell tower belongs to the San Juan Bautista Cathedral and is a must-visit.

Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes

Dive into a rich collection of Spanish art from the 16th to 20th centuries, including works from the Extremadura school.

Plaza Alta

The heart of the old town, this square is surrounded by historic buildings, cafes, and is often the hub of local festivities.

Puente de Palmas

An iconic 16th-century bridge spanning the Guadiana River, it connects the two sides of the city.

Badajoz Archaeological Museum

Houses important artifacts from the prehistoric, Roman, and Visigothic periods, offering insights into the region's ancient history.

Torre Espantaperros

A distinctive octagonal tower in the Alcazaba, its name translates to "Dog Scaring Tower," and it stands as a prominent symbol of the city.

Convento de las Adoratrices

A striking convent showcasing beautiful Baroque architecture.

Mequinenza Reservoir

A serene spot, perfect for fishing and boating, offering relaxation away from the city's hustle.

Ermita de la Soledad

A Baroque chapel dedicated to the patron saint of Badajoz, it boasts exquisite carvings and décor.

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In and around Badajoz

Elvas (16.2 km)

Step into Elvas, the star-fort city that stands sentinel on the eastern frontier of Portugal. With its formidable ramparts and panoramic vistas of the Alentejo plains, Elvas narrates tales of sieges, resilience, and unparalleled architectural prowess.

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica (54.5 km)

Journey to the roots of the Roman Empire at the Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, where ancient streets echo tales of emperors, gladiators, and the mighty civilization that once thrived here.

Merida (54.82 km)

Journey back in time in Merida, Spain's ancient Roman treasure trove. As the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, Merida boasts some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the Iberian Peninsula.

Portalegre (59.3 km)

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of the Alentejo region, Portalegre is a charming town blending historic allure with natural beauty. Encircled by vineyards and cork oak forests, it's an ideal getaway for those seeking serenity and cultural richness.

Monsaraz (61.17 km)

Atop a hill overlooking the serene Alqueva Dam, Monsaraz is a fairy-tale medieval village in Alentejo region. With its whitewashed houses, ancient castle, and panoramic views, Monsaraz offers a journey back in time amidst breathtaking landscape.

Castelo de Vide (72.31 km)

Castelo de Vide, a picturesque gem nestled within Portugal's Alentejo region. Rich in history and boasting panoramic views from its hilltop castle, this town beckons travelers with its winding streets, medieval architecture, and vibrant Jewish heritage.

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