Nature in all its glory in Extremadura
Over 60 nature reserves, 1,500 kilometres of fresh water, and a Blue Flag inland beach. Sound good? You'll find it all in Extremadura, an inland area in western Spain where water plays a key role. Come and breathe in the fresh air.
You're sure to find Extremadura's natural resources quite breathtaking. On your visit you’ll discover wonderful places where you can forget all your worries, such as Monfragüe National Park, the Tagus International Nature Reserve, the Cornalvo Nature Reserve, natural monuments, protected landscapes, eco-cultural corridors, places of scientific interest, unique trees, and more.Here are just a few ideas for original and environmentally-friendly ways to enjoy these spaces:‘Balcón del Tajo' boat rideOne way of exploring the Tagus International Nature Reserve is on board this sightseeing boat. During this cruise along the Tagus River (the longest in Spain) an expert guide will show you how to spot the fauna and flora in the Reserve. There are several different routes and booking in advance is required. (More information at www.barcodeltajo.com) Another recommendation: be sure to visit the Roman bridge of Alcántara, the first to be built across the river.
Orellana BeachAn inland beach? Yes. And its quality is guaranteed by its Blue Flag certificate. There you'll find a yacht club –accessible to the disabled– which offers the chance to enjoy sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, sports fishing... Badajoz province has other large reservoirs adapted for sport and activities in nature, including Cija, García Sola, Zújar and Serena.Learning about birdsIn Extremadura you can take guided bird-watching tours and enjoy a variety of entertainments and workshops related to birds. Specifically, there are three very interesting options on this theme: FIO, the International Ornithological Tourism Fair (February-March); the City of Cáceres Bird Festival (in April, featuring exhibitions, dramatised guided tours, a photo marathon, and more); and the Cranes Festival (in December, held in the Moheda Alta Periurban Conservation and Recreation Park with workshops, tastings and guided routes to highlight the fact that 80,000 cranes fly to Extremadura to spend the winter). You'll find more information at www.birdinginextremadura.com.These are just a few of the ways you can experience nature close up in Extremadura. You can also try its adventure parks, environmental education centres, canyoning (in the area of the Jerte valley and La Vera), and exploring the Villuercas-Ibores Jara Geopark. Let yourself be captivated by the landscapes of Extremadura. More information: http://www.turismoextremadura.com