Ride with us through Extremadura, Western Spain, a forgotten treasure, a bird-spotters paradise and an undiscovered tourist idyll. Our ride leads us through wooded sierras and green valleys of oak, cork and olive trees. We meander along the banks of one of Spain's major rivers, the Tajo, as it cuts through the National Park of Monfrague, home to a diverse population of birds. Centuries ago these lands were the recruiting grounds for the conquistadors escaping for a better life in Latin America, and the wealth that was accumulated is evident in the picturesque towns and magnificent buildings that your guides will steer you to.
This region has two distinct types of landscapes; the steppes formed by endless undulating plains covered with grasses and herbs, and the dehesas, the name given to expansive areas of farmland consisting of groves of low density, mature oak trees usually given over to grazing for the black Iberian pig.
Step back in time in the selection of Paradors that have been chosen for your stay. Paradors are luxury hotels created from beautifully restored National Heritage properties and include unique, historic buildings such as convents, monasteries and castles.
The basic wines produced in the region have not traditionally attracted the attention of the outside world , however, the Ribera del Guadiana DO title was established within the region in 1999 to represent the best that Extremadura has to offer. All other wines produced in Extremadura are permitted to use only the term Vino de la Tierra Extremadura (Extremadura VT), a lesser category than DO. Tempranillo has traditionally been the favourite grape variety as it responds well to the regional soil conditions, although the more-adventurous winemakers are experimenting with other international varieties. Extremadura's vineyards are also home to local white varieties such as Cayetana.