Secret Spain with Food Writer Paul Richardson

Small Group Tours: Extremadura

Secret Spain with Food Writer Paul Richardson

May 29 to June 3, 2017
  • Tile roofs in Caceres on the Spanish Journeys Extremadura Tour
  • Cherries in the Jerte Valley Extremadura
  • Kathy in Hoyos Extremadura
  • Old and new at the Atrio in Caceres
  • Maria sets the table at the farmhouse inn, Extremadura

When people ask me about my favorite places in Spain, I tell them Extremadura is high on my list.

"Where?" they ask.

Extremadura is not a place a lot of travelers have heard of. And that, my friends, is one reason this corner of western Spain is so perfect. Its wild landscapes, quiet rural villages, and golden stone cities are simply gorgeous—yet amazingly unspoiled.

Seeing the spring landscape here, you'll understand why a world-traveling food writer would make Extremadura his home. Here Paul Richardson grows olives, grapes, pigs, and more. Sharing his experience in the countryside here is a rare opportunity and a huge pleasure.

It turns out the conquistadors set out from Extremadura. They returned with their stolen riches and built the plazas and palaces that define Cáceres, leaving a gem of a city that seems hardly changed since the Renaissance.

Here is also where those famous Ibérico pigs roam indigenous oak forests, eating acorns then becoming the world's most coveted hams. It's where a certain countess makes a spectacular sheepsmilk cheese. And where young winemakers are reviving ancient vines. Meeting these artisans is really something to savor.

This is a remarkable series of hand-picked Extremeño experiences that show off the best of this little-known region's history, food and wine, and characters, too. Please join Paul and let him share these secrets with you. I promise you'll be glad you did.

  • One night in a restored palace in the small city of Plasencia
  • Two nights in a rustic farmhouse inn amidst tiny country villages and olive groves
  • Two nights in a posh Relais & Chateaux palace in the gorgeous historic city of Cáceres
  • Three days of rural explorations with food writer Paul Richardson, including homegrown, homemade lunch at his "off-grid" home
  • And including two country walks—along paths past farms and through lemon and olive groves
  • Small wonders to reflect on, from Avila's walls, to Plasencia's market and cathedrals, a visigothic basilica, a templar castle, the dehesa silvacultural landscape
  • A stroll along the winding streets and historic palaces of Cáceres with an engaging historian as your guide
  • Real, seasonal local foods, including the region's top specialties, grown and made by Paul's favorite food people—superb cheeses, artisanally-made olive oils, old-vine wines, and that famous jamón Ibérico
  • All breakfasts and lunches, from rustic to refined and reflecting the roots and traditions of this place
  • 3 dinners from farmhouse suppers to a tasting menu at the region's top table, a Michelin 2-star in Cáceres
  • Wines paired with all included meals, and restaurant gratuities, too
  • Private group transportation from homebase-to-homebase: Madrid to Plasencia, then to the farmhouse and to Cáceres
  • Private group transportation on all scheduled excursions
  • Since your end-of-trip transportation needs will vary with your plans, we're not including your return to Madrid or onward travels to Zafra or Sevilla. We will offer advice and book whatever you'd like.
  • Insider tips so you can make the most of a pre- or post-trip stay in Madrid, Sevilla, or for more of Extremadura