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Following in the footsteps of Isabel La Católica

Discover Extremadura by following in the footsteps of Queen Isabel la Católica, on a route that will satisfy both your senses and your curiosities. Culture, history, art, nature and gastronomy combie to offer you a unique experience.

A route through history, culture and gastronomy

Discover Extremadura by following in the footsteps of Queen Isabel la Católica, on a route that will satisfy both your senses and your curiosities. Culture, history, art, nature and gastronomy combie to offer you a unique experience.

The protagonist of this route is Isabel La Católica, the Catholic Queen who together with her family, had strong ties to Extremadura. This relationship reached its height during the Spanish War of Succession, much of which was fought on the lands of Extremadura. The King of Portugal established his court in Plasencia, whilst the Catholic Monarchs established theirs in Trujillo, and this is just a part of the story...

Some of the most important places, historically speaking, are in Valencia de Alcántara where Isabel, the daughter of the Catholic Queen, and the King of Portugal were married, an event now commemorated as La Boda Regia (the royal wedding). In Alcántara the Order of Alcántara was united to the Crown and the main noble houses of Cáceres were founded. Plasencia was the setting for the marriage between Juana the "Beltraneja" and Alfonso V of Portugal, and from here they laid claim to the throne, clearly opposing the reign of Isabel. Meanwhile Cáceres was the site of the rebellion of the nobility during the War of Succession. Madrigalejo is where Fernando El Católico died.

But if there is one place in Extremadura with a special significance for Queen Isabel and the Crown of Castile, that place has to be Guadalupe, the monastery of which contains the graves of Henry IV and Mary of Portugal. This place was visited by the queen on several occasions, and sometimes she was received Christopher Columbus here, before his great deed.

On a different note, the old towns of Cáceres and Plasencia served as the natural locations for the filming of the TV series "Isabel".

There are many activities available along this route. All of them beckon one to discover the flavours, aromas and colours of Extremadura, in the towns, in the heart of nature and always hand in hand with the best local gastronomy. Some of the more popular ones are: The camp of the royal troops, On the trail of La Beltraneja, What the King might have told the Queen, Knights' School, Stonecarver and menhir route.

Enjoy!

Much more information available at www.rutadeisabellacatolica.es

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