As you enter Badajoz, it is difficult to miss the large citadel that crowns the city. Constructed during the 12th century during the Islamic rule, the castle was built to protect from an impending Christian invasion. Its more than five watchtowers are made of brick and plaster in the iconic Moorish style. The fortress was once a military hospital during the 19th century, though today it is home to the Provincial Archaeological Museum. Many lovely courtyards and gardens allow for pleasant afternoon picnics for two or with the entire family.
The Provincial Archaeological Museum is comprised of over 15,000 articles collected from places all over the city. Since 1867 archaeologists have been digging and collecting pieces of priceless history for everyone to enjoy and relish. In order to properly reflect the varying history of Badajoz, the museum is split up into different sections: prehistory, protohistory, Roman, Visigoth era, Islam and Medieval Christian. As you walk through the grand corridors you will discover artifacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages as well as implements from Roman mining and agriculture. This exciting opportunity will be sure to leave a lasting impression.
The roots of many cultures are deeply entrenched in making happy memories over great wine. Visit the Bodegas Vina Extremena and learn how wine has affected the culture of Badajoz directly. Since the turn of the century the Infante family has made fine wines and shared them with the community. The wine made at this vineyard has made it into the international markets of 57 countries. Explore the three root cellars with a knowledgeable guide as you sip some of the finest wines in Europe. Book your car hire in Badajoz and discover the legacy of this great city.
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