There are abundant activities for the visitor to Extremadura. Here we detail just a few of our recommendations.
Walking and biking
Many local walking/horseback or biking Groups celebrate community outings in the countryside. A sample of some gaining popularity. See also Blogspots Ruta del Emperador, which takes place in February in the vicinity of Empreror’s last resting place, Yuste, 100 kms from Trujillo (horseback, biking and walking).
Ruta del Contrabando (end of March)
From Cedillo, close to the Portuguese border, blening with walking groups from the Portuguese side.
Club del Caminante (middle of Febr), from Badajoz, trough woods and dehesas.
The pictures during trips
Walking Extremadura will show you the beauty of walking in this area – and not just walking. This is also the place for painters, flower lovers, bird watchers, photographers, animal lovers, people who love beauty and people who love history. That’s before we start on about lovers of good food and relaxed and enjoyable company. You will find all that and more.
From “Walking in Extremadura” by Gisela Radant Wood – www.walkingextremadura.com website contains fascinating collection of flowers, birds…taking by the author her numerous well documented walking mainly for the area between Cáceres and Monfragüe.
Edited by the Junta de Extremadura, “Rutas Histórico Artísticas” www.turismoextremadura.com
An appropriate website for walking routes in Monfragüe in English, http://reddeparquesnacionales.mma.es/parques/monfrague/pdf/monfrague_otras_rutas_ingles.pdf
Though orientated to birdwatching, this extensive website, established by the Regional Government contains a rich variety of trekking opportunities in different parts of Extremadura.
This website in Spanish contains more than 20 magnifitient illustrated walking routes in the immediate vicinity of Finca Santa Marta and Trujillo.
This well-known link refers to the existing routes around Trujillo.
This is a remarkable listing of walking tours in the area of Guadalupe. www.caminosaguadalupe.com
A good guide to the existent routes in the Monfragüe Park, in Spanish only.
A website where you can find routs in Las Villuercas,
There are many opportunities for swimming in the river valleys in unspoilt nature surroundings. Furthermore the pantanos or lakes have reserved certain areas for swimmers.
In the old days Trujillo boasted dance population of Pura raza española horses in the grass lands of the surroundings. The only remains of this one reputed horse concentrated in few horsebreeding farms and in the association of owners as A visit to the stables of CABAEX in front of the tall silos of downtown Trujillo will allow visitors to admire colts for sell of about twenty breeding farms in the two provinces of Extremadura. However no horseback riding for visitors as yet foreseen.
Torrejón el Rubio http://www.yumping.com/rutas-a-caballo/explotur-rutas-a-caballo–e3155
Aldeacentera without website.
www.circaetus.com (Alia, Las Villuercas)
An original journey to the neighbouring bull briding farm of El Torreón near the village of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 8minutes driving from the Finca allowed for superb view on pacific bulls grazing in different patches of the oak dodted state.
Visit to the bull farm can be arranged from the Finca.
The nearby lakes and valleys offer many opportunities for fishing.
Exceptional patridge shooting opportunities offered by the family Bustamante, 30km from the Finca Santa Marta.
Wildboar and deer hunting is very much practised since ages in Extremadura. Many private organisations coordinated hunts during the high season between October and February. Many of them are located in Madrid but nearly every village has its own hunting club.