On this section, the Camino heads North, through Extremadura Province, a land of dry and gently hilly landscapes that sometimes seems to be more inhabited by cerdos ibericos (dark brown pigs typical of the region) than by people. Indeed, there can be long enough gaps between villages, giving you time to enjoy open landscapes of crop fields and vines, cork oak forests and wild flowers all year round.
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Merida is a really interesting town that was founded by the Romans in the 1st century and still remains some parts of that time. One of them is the Teatro Romano which still gets used as well as the Puente Romano a bridge spanning the Rio Guadiana.
In Alcuescar there are many shops and opportunities to get some food one of them is the Casa Alejandro in the upper part of the village. If you want to visit a church while being in Alcuescar you can go to the church of Santa Lucia by following the well-signed track.
Aldeo del Cano
When staying in or passing through Aldeo del Cano you can visit the Iglesia Parroquial de San Martin. It is a well-preserved church in the heart of the town that’s nice to see.
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Merida was founded in 250 BC and the Roman heritage is still visible at every corner of the city nowadays. More than a UNESCO World Heritage site, this small-sized city has plenty to offer, and tourists always enjoy its lively buzz, hopping from tapas bars to wonderful restaurant.
Day 2 16.6km
Leave Merida crossing over the river via a Roman bridge (over 2000 years old), from which there are beautiful views of the impressive Roman Acqueduct. Then we head towards the Prosperina dam which once was the biggest water reservoir in the Mediterranean Roman Empire. The red-earth landscape becomes hillier and there are also more oak trees to provide you with shelter from the sun. After a short days walking, we reach Aljucen from where we will be transferred back to our hotel in Merida.
Day 3 19.8km
Transfer back to Aljucen. Shortly after Aljucen, we enter the National Park of Cornalvo, a landscape of scrubland, red earth tracks, pasture and oaks. Then the farmlands alternates between cork trees, vines, olive trees and livestock until you reach the first and last village of the day: Alcuescar.
Day 4 15.2km
ALDEA DEL CANO
From Alcuescar, it is at first an easy and peaceful walk to Las Casas de Don Antonio and its well restored Roman Bridge. Later, we walk on the original Roman road as we pass by what is known as miliario (Roman milestone) and cross one more Roman bridge before reaching Aldea del Cano.
Day 5 23km
ALDEA DEL CANO
On this last day, we leave Aldea del Cano and continue through the flat and dry lands of Extremadura. We later cross a long Roman arched bridge at the entrance to Valdesalor. It is then a hilly landscape with little and scattered shade all the way to Caceres and its old town, perched on top of a hill.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
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