Health and tourism in Badajoz



The city of Badajoz is home to a number of eminently reputable medical facilities, and offers all-inclusive packages for foreign visitors, including highly-specialised and prestigious professionals with experience in international treatments, along with amenities such as interpreters and assistance in arranging sightseeing trips during your stay.

Why choose Badajoz for your healthcare needs?

The World Health Organisation rates the Spanish health system among the best in the world, and Badajoz is one of the leading healthcare destinations. This city on the border of Spain and Portugal has a long experience in offering medical assistance to foreigners. Its medical centres specialise in fields such as maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology and assisted reproduction. Its high degree of specialisation has led to the creation of two associations of clinics and diagnostic centres that certify the quality standards of its facilities: Extremadura Health Quality and the Badajoz Medical Centre. We recommend you contact them if you're interested in healthcare in Badajoz. They will locate specialists, organise appointments and provide you with assistance like interpreters. The Extremadura Health Quality centre can even help you arrange sightseeing trips around the area. What's more, remember that if you're an EU citizen you're still entitled to the benefits of your country's healthcare system in Spain. In any case, always check beforehand with the competent body.  

What to do in Badajoz?

You can explore its historic centre on a pleasant stroll around the inside of the walled enclosure. The route is very easy, and in fact there's also an accessible itinerary with no changes in level that takes in all the main monuments. The city has several museums, most of which are free. Particularly interesting are the Extremaduran and Iberoamerican Contemporary Art Museum, and the Carnival Museum, as –along with the Conference Centre– they offer fine examples of ancient military buildings converted into centres dedicated to culture. Another option is to visit the Alcazaba fortress and enjoy its gardens, the panoramic views across the Guadiana river, and some of the loveliest sunsets in the city. At its base you'll find the Plaza Alta square, which is also well worth a visit. It was previously a market square and if you look closely at the arches, you'll find clues to what was on sale. You can sample the typical gastronomy, including delicacies such as the Iberian cured ham and all the other Iberian pork products, dishes such as the fried breadcrumbs known as "migas extremeñas", lamb stew, salt cod recipes, cheeses like the Torta de la Serena, and Ribera del Guadiana wines. You'll find numerous places to enjoy these treats in the streets around the squares of Plaza de la Soledad and España.  

What to do in the surrounding area?

An excursion to Mérida, a World Heritage city which among other attractions has a Roman theatre over 2000 years old that is still in use today, and the National Museum of Roman Art. You can go on the "Dehesa de Extremadura" Iberian Ham Route in Badajoz, including visits to the wooded pastures known as the "dehesa" and towns like Jerez de los Caballeros. You can explore some of the white villages of Extremadura, like Olivenza and Fregenal de la Sierra. You can take part in some of the activities on the Ribera del Guadiana wine route, in towns and villages like Almendralejo and Zafra.  


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