The region of Extremadura is one of the poorest and least frequented on the tourist trail. Harsh winters, sweltering summers and economic difficulties explain Extremadura's name: extremely difficult. To me, however, it is unspoilt Spain.
Remote villages outside of the region's capital, Merida, are like visiting Spain from times gone by.
Traditional spanish life here continues, away from prying tourists and the costa del sol. Family businesses, local produce and age old local traditions continue.
I decided to visit Trujillo, a charming medieval city steeped in history a bus ride away from the capital.
Birthplace of Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, his history and legacy is dotted around the city of Trujillo. You can visit his family home, now turned into a museum, that documents his exploits in South America. The Plaza Mayor has a large statue in memory of the conquistador, here you can enjoy tapas in the sun and watch life go by on the sleepy square.
The best part of my day trip to Trujillo was without doubt the Alcazaba. This amazing 10th century arabic castle is located in the highest part of the city giving you fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. You can climb up to the battlements and look out for miles across Extremadura.