Zafra: one of the most beautiful villages in Spain

Zafra is located in the heart of southern Extremadura. It is a city with relevant history, capital of the Duchy of Feria, crossroad and part of trading routes, such as Via de la Plata in Roman times.

 

We highlight the following points of tourist interest:

  • The old town, declared Historical Grouping of Cultural Interest (with Plaza Grande and Plaza Chica, Seville Street, the Palace of the Dukes of Feria…),
  • the Santa Clara Convent, whose Museum allows to get to know the history of Zafra and the life of the Franciscan nuns of the enclosed order of Saint Claire,
  • the Colegiata de La Candelaria church (with altarpieces by Zurbarán and Churriguera),
  • noble and bourgeois mansions from the 16th to the 19th centuries,
  • other parks and squares of Zafra,
  • the International Livestock Fair of October.

 

These are some of the main reasons that make Zafra a village of great tourist attraction. Also, we recommend taking your time to get to know the delicious Extremadura gastronomy, which invites you to discover Zafra with tranquillity, enjoying its atmosphere in the perfect place to relax and enjoy our gastronomy as part of the tourist experience of discovering Zafra.

Other places of interest near Zafra, from Las Eras hotel and restaurant (Badajoz)

Apart from Zafra, from Las Eras hotel you will be able to easily reach Badajoz, Mérida, Cáceres, Sevilla and, more closely, Jerez de los Caballeros.

 

If you wish to spend a few days of nature tourism and hiking, we recommend the following parks: Monfragüe National Park, Cornalvo Natural Park, Sierra de Aracena Natural Park.

Jerez de los Caballeros, very close to Zafra

Jerez de los Caballeros has housed the Phoenician, Roman, Arab and Christian civilizations, up to the Knights Templar, who left a mark in Jerez de los Caballeros as we know it nowadays.

 

In addition, Jerez de los Caballeros is considered “the city of the towers” and is declared Historic-Artistic Grouping (Conjunto Histórico-Artístico) for the relevance of its Baroque art. Some points of tourist interest:

  • Toriñuelo Dolmen (Bronze Age).
  • La Bazana Roman bridge.
  • Birth House and Interpretation Centre of Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
  • Templar Fortress and Torre Sangrienta (“Bloody Tower”).
  • The Churches of Santa María de la Encarnación, San Miguel Arcángel and San Bartolomé.
  • Artistic heritage from the 17th and 18th centuries (Baroque).

 

As in Zafra, the gastronomy is very remarkable in Jerez de los Caballeros. Do not leave after your tourist visit without having tried the typical dishes such as local casseroles, Iberian pork slice, local cured meats and traditional sweets such  as “bollos turcos” (“Turkish sweet bread”), “pestiños” (sweet fried pastries with honey) and “flores de miel” (sweet fried pastries with honey, flower-shaped).

Tourism in Casas de la Reina: Roman Ruins of Regina

We recommend stopping during your tourist visit to Zafra and its surroundings to go to Casas de la Reina. Just at 1.5 km from this town between Seville and Merida you will find the Roman Ruins of Regina.

 

The Roman Ruins of Regina are the remains of an ancient Roman city (1st century AD). You will be able to see the theatre, the forum, an aqueduct, two necropolises, a statue of the Goddess Juno and some houses. You also have the chance to visit the Interpretation Centre of the Ruins of Regina, located within the town of Casas de la Reina.

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