Extremadura. Few people have heard of it but that is gradually changing. Extremadura is the least touristy region in Spain, long hidden but by the construction of two motorways now accessible to everyone.
In the middle of nature, at the foot of the Sierra de Montánchez lies this four-person bungalow. It is located on an estate of about 2 hectares and is part of a small-scale Casa Rural, the Spanish name for a holiday in the countryside.
On the estate there are a total of two bungalows and a larger house where the owners live. Here is also a dining room. A maximum of ten guests can stay in total.
The bungalow is centrally located in Extremadura, between the historic cities of Mérida, Cáceres and Trujillo. Each one of beautifully restored cities, each with a different special character.
There is also plenty to experience for nature lovers. Extremadura is perhaps the best place in Europe to spot birds of prey. You can also see this every day around our finca.
The bungalow has a living room with beautiful views of the surroundings. He has a simple kitchen with equipment for four people. There are 2 bedrooms with box spring beds in the bungalow that can be arranged as two single or double beds. The beds are 2.00m long and as a single person 90cm wide. Of course, a double bed is 1.80 m wide.
The bungalow has central heating.
On our property is a swimming pool of 8m x 6m. Of course the sun loungers are not missing and you can use a bath towel provided by us. Seats have also been installed in various places that all guests can use. Children are welcome but it lacks play equipment. Pets are not allowed.
You can use a daily breakfast with us. We also provide a 3-course dinner every day, except during the months of July and August. Then we cook less often.
Because our bungalows are so remote, no provisions have been made. We are completely self-sufficient. We therefore make our electricity by means of solar panels. We pump ourselves crystal clear water from the granite mountains where the bungalow is located. Our free Internet is provided via a satellite. With the amounts of sun we have here, it is generally no problem to meet the energy requirement. When the weather is long, we leave a generator during the day when the guests are out.
Nature lovers do not have to do much to get their money's worth here. Nature is everywhere. Nevertheless, there are several places that are worth a visit. The Monfragüe National Park is famous for its large numbers of birds of prey, especially vultures you will see a lot here. But also details such as the Spanish imperial eagle are here.
Hikers can go hiking directly from the finca (estate). There are various options with a low to medium difficulty. You can also walk one of our walks that we have set out nearby and a little further.
Culture enthusiasts can of course visit the cities. Mérida is famous as the city with the most Roman remains after Rome itself. Cáceres has an old Medieval city center and Trujillo has many Moorish and Christian remains that are all well preserved.
But when you drive through the Extremane landscape you will encounter various antiquities: old bridges, a basilica or monastery. Whoever has an eye for it will be able to find a lot.
Extremadura was traditionally the poorest region of Spain. Meanwhile, that has changed and there are several places that have a rich economic life. But although the area is the same size as the Netherlands, few people live there, about 1 million. Yet the villages are not empty and extinct. Everywhere there is an activity and there is a mixed population. The low number of inhabitants does result in a sense of calm. The motorways are very quiet and often we drive alone.
Life is still at a different pace here than in Western Europe. Everywhere you see small-scale meadows where cows walk with their calves. Large quantities of sheep walk on the steppes and in the autumn you come across the Iberico pigs, which then feed on the acorns of the many oak trees.
The population is very friendly. When there are "strange" people in the village, the church is often opened so that they can take a look. Naturally, a tour is part of it and although the Spaniards do not speak any other language, it does not seem to bother anyone. A tip is not appreciated afterwards. People show this out of pride for their village.
Extremadura is a place where you can truly relax completely. A relief in the otherwise busy Europe. For us it is a paradise to live where words like haste and stress have completely lost their meaning.