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Spain has been well-established as a much-loved travel destination for Britons. Though much of this is focused on the Costa del Sol in the south and big cities such as Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona.

The country offers much more which remains under the radar of many UK visitors, according to Olive Press. One such region is Extremadura in the West which borders Portugal.

The region is well known for its diverse cuisine, unique language, and lively culture and has now been named one of the top travel destinations by the Travel Association (ABTA) for 2024.

An ABTA spokesperson said: “The Spanish region of Extremadura is a largely undiscovered gem, home to three UNESCO world heritage sites and some of the country’s most attractive, historic cities.”

Visitors to Extremadura are recommended to check out Merida, the capital of the region. The historic city is home to the National Museum of Roman Art as well as beautifully preserved ruins, including a forum, Roman theatre, circus, and aqueduct.

The Travel Association also suggests going to Caceres. This city’s mediaeval centre has been preserved to such an amazing degree that it served as a backdrop for the television series, Game of Thrones.

In fact, many Game of Thrones scenes were filmed in Extremadura, with Trujillo Castle notably standing in for Casterly Rock in the series.

Extremadura can be reached by flying into Madrid and renting a car to drive southwest on the A5 motorway following signs for Badajoz.

For those who enjoy food, Extremadura is a great place to visit. There you can sample Spanish delicacies like jamon and tortilla de patatas, as well as pimento, a spice that tastes like smoked paprika.

ABTA placed Extremadura alongside the likes of Crete, the English county of Shropshire, Mauritius, the Austrian Tyrol, Vietnam, and Zambia.

The placement will undoubtedly provide a tourism boost to the region which has long been one of Spain’s poorest.

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