Known as the land of the Conquistadors, the 'Extremenos' were great travellers and explorers; Cortes, Balboa and Pizarro were all born here and brought back the wealth they gained in Latin America to build great architectural monuments in their respective birthplaces. Prior to this the Romans and the Moors also left their mark, with some wonderful cities that have somehow escaped mass tourism, perhaps due to the region not having an international airport!
In modern times the region is the least populated in Spain, is famous for its nature and being a birdwatchers paradise. Located on the main European migration route it offers a great range of habitats, large open plains, open woodland or dehesa, river valleys, man-made reservoirs, extensive Mediterranean scrub, rolling grassland or steppe, and mountains rising to over 5,000 feet.
Extremadura, away from the madding crowd, is a beautiful region of Spain with large plains, high mountains, two major rivers, many lakes and reservoirs making it a paradise for bird life.