A few weeks ago I visited a region that had been attracting attention for the first time. Extremadura offers the traveler beautiful landscapes, the possibility of adventure activities, cities and towns with a rich historical and monumental heritage, and a tasty gastronomy, with ham as a great icon.
I carried out several activities and visits in the regions of Tentudía and Campiña Sur in La Paz, needing to replenish energy in the best possible way, sleeping in a good place and trying the delicacies that this graceful land offered me.
Where to sleep in Llerena
The small town of Llerena surprised me by its rich heritage and important history. In addition, after walking it for hours on foot and exploring all its monuments, I only had to walk two minutes from the Plaza de España (the main square of Llerena) to reach the hotel.
Hospedería Mirador de Llerena
This 4 star hotel is located in a stately house and, as soon as you enter, you are welcomed with a beautiful courtyard in the form of a cloister whose decoration and intimate lighting give it a very cozy look.
The rooms are spacious, with the standard double, superior double, Junior Suite and the Suite. It also has a high quality restaurant (Doña Mariana), a bright convention room with capacity for 200 guests, the central courtyard (which has a glass skylight through which you can see the Extremadura sky), a viewpoint , swimming pool, garden, cafeteria and the famous Zurbarán lounge.
He Zurbarán room It bears that name because the famous painter lived in Llerena for many years. It is located in the noble zone of the Hospedería, occupying one of the original rooms of the palace. It has two marble fireplaces, paintings on the ceiling and a cozy decoration that will make you feel at home to the 50 people you can get to house. In addition, it has natural light during the day.
Without a doubt, it is the best accommodation option in the area.
Where to eat in Llerena
Where to eat in Badajoz is a complicated choice, given the high quality of its restaurants, based on Iberian products. In Llerena we tried two restaurants:
La Cuadra Restaurant
In the central Pedro Paz street, we were lucky to enter - for the first time on the trip - in touch with Extremadura cuisine. My trip from Alicante had been long, but in this magnificent family restaurant I knew how to make me forget.
Specialized in sausages and meats, the restaurant La Cuadra offers high quality dishes at a more than affordable price.
We started with a good assortment of Iberian sausages, where the tenderloin and ham were the big winners. Homemade croquettes, partridge salad, a mushroom stew and some crumbs with fried eggs and ham, preceded exquisite Iberian pork meats. A good cholesterol shot that I decided to accept without questioning. Sacrifices one has to make.
In addition, the service was exquisite. If I had to choose a dish among all, I keep the mushrooms.
Doña Mariana Restaurant