Gastronomy 

Montánchez Iberian Ham Route

Iberian ham is the driving force behind this route which takes in those sites in Extremadura where the tradition of the production and consumption of Iberian ham is most firmly rooted.

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  • Iberian ham is the driving force behind this route which takes in those sites in Extremadura where the tradition of the production and consumption of Iberian ham is most firmly rooted.

    It is said that Charles V loved Iberian ham and that at every meal where he was present, a plate of this exquisite delicacy was served. His favourite Extremadura ham was that of Montánchez. The territory which makes up the district of Montánchez-Tamuja is one of the areas in Extremadura where the curing and sampling of ham is most traditional.

    So if you like ham, like most of us do, and if, as the Emperor did in his day, you would like to enjoy the flavour and the quality of the hams originating from Iberian pigs in Extremadura and to get first-hand knowledge of the process which takes the ham from the pastures to the table, you should follow one of the ham routes which Extremadura offers – the Montánchez Route. This route takes in 19 municipalities of the district which bears the same name, the most notable being Aldea del Cano, Almoharín, Arroyomolinos, Benquerencia, Botija, Montánchez, Plasenzuela, Sierra de Fuentes, Torre de Santa María, Torreorgaz and Zarza de Montánchez.

    It is precisely in this last location that you will find the holm oak named La Terrona. This dear old lady, who has long since needed walking sticks to stay on her feet, is well worth a short visit.

    In Botija you can take a walk through the common pasture where the townsfolk graze their livestock, taking full advantage of the acorns when they are in season. In Montánchez, you will find the best drying sheds, many of them natural and in operation since the beginning of the last century if not before.

    As you stroll through the streets you'll be surrounded by drying sheds, restaurants and tapas bars in which the people of Montánchez will explain to you in situ the secrets of the authentic Iberian ham of Montánchez. Much more if you also decide to give it a try. Highly recommended if you wish to enjoy the characteristic taste of the locally produced Iberian hams. In some wineries you'll also be able to taste wines produced locally in earthenware jars.

  • Distance:
    131 km
    Difficulty:
    Easy
    Time:
  • Weekend
  • Theme:

    • Gastronomy

    Type of Transport:

    • Motor vehicle
  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
Almoharín

a Almoharín

Tourist destination

This town in the region of Montánchez is famed for its fig farming.

Location:

Plaza de España, 1 Almoharín, Cáceres (Extremadura)

Arroyomolinos

b Arroyomolinos

Tourist destination

The perfect place to try this delicacy from the dehesa pastures

Location:

Plaza de la Constitución, 1 Arroyomolinos, Cáceres (Extremadura)

Montánchez

c Montánchez

Tourist destination

A land with impressive cultural heritage and the taste of ham in the heart of Extremadura.

Location:

Plaza de España, 1 Montánchez, Cáceres (Extremadura)

Torre de Santa María

d Torre de Santa María

Tourist destination

The perfect place to try this delicacy from the dehesa pastures

Location:

Plaza de España, 1 Torre de Santa María, Cáceres (Extremadura)

Zarza de Montánchez

e Zarza de Montánchez

Tourist destination

The perfect place to try this delicacy from the dehesa pastures

Location:

Town Hall, Plaza General Mola, 1 Zarza de Montánchez, Cáceres (Extremadura)

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