Hello- I'm in the early stages of trying to plan my next trip to Europe after traveling to Japan and Korea this past March. My last few Europe trips have been mostly big cities so I would like to get some time in a quieter area this time. I'm interested in Spain as I had studied Spanish in school, although obviously it's been many years and I love the food. From Minneapolis, I would need to fly into and out of Madrid so I was thinking of starting with a couple of nights there and then renting a car and heading to the Extramadura region for the rest of my trip. The only other stop I was possibly thinking about adding was possibly Salamanca? I will have 14 nights total not including my arrival or departure day.
I definitely want to spend time in Calceres, Merida, Jerez de los Caballeros, Zafra, and Trujillo. I also want to see the Monastery Santa Maria de Guadalupe and visit the Monfrague parque. I'm interested in not only enjoying food, but also in how it is produced as I work in the industry. Is there anywhere where I can learn more about the production of jamon iberico? I'm also interested in the Roman ruins in Merida, medieval history and nature. Will I run out of things to do?