Badajoz, just 6km from the Portuguese border and where most of the old centre was destroyed by Nationalists in the 1936 Battle of Badajoz during the Spanish Civil War and thousands of civilians were massacred following seizure of the town.   Don’t let that put you off taking the time to stroll through the historic centre!

We walked over the pedestrianised Puente de la Palmas that crosses the Guadiana river then through The Puerta de Palmas, the old entrance to the city.

We had no map so wanderered in the direction of the sites we could see up to the Plaza de Espana where you will find the San Juan Batista Cathedral and the Ayuntamiento. We continued through the narrow streets up to the Jardines de la Galera, into Plaza Alta with its deep red and white facade and beneath the walls of the Alcazbar.

We headed back down through the narrow lanes passing La Giralda, decorated with ceramic tiles and metal work and then back down to the Puente de la Palmas.

The Aire in Badajoz is conveniently situated for a stroll across the river and into the old town, is fully serviced and free at the time of our visit.

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