Zafra, nicknamed little Seville, is a white walled town of pastel colored houses decorated with window boxes brimming over with flowers.  Located in the heart of lower Extremadura at the foot of the mountains of Sierra de Castellar, the city is centered on the 15th century Alcazar (fortress) which boasts a spectacular façade, beautiful covered ceilings, 16th century Herreran patio and today houses the Parador de Turismo.  Plaza Grande (Big Square) lined with arches is at the


heart of the town near the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria , erected in 1546. On the far corner of Plaza Grande connected to it by the Arquillo del Pan or small arch of bread is the Plaza Chica (Small Square) once a bustling marketplace now a calm intimate square with a handful of restaurants around it.  Zafra's monumental heritage is very rich; the parish church of San José, several convents dating back to the 16th century and the 15th century hospital de Santiago make this a wonderful town to visit.

Zafra_ParadorStaying overnight is highly recommended as the parador Hernán Cortés is magnificent, from the outside it has the appearance of a fortress inside; however, inside it is notable for its palatial elegance.  Other accommodations are Casa Palacio Conde de la Corte  once owned by the 6th Earl of the Court of La Barrona or  the Hotel los Balcones de Zafra.

Eating in Zafra is always a treat, located in the historic center is La Rebotica (Boticas 12) which specializes in local dishes such as rabo de toro (oxtail stew), higos en salsa de cognac (figs in cognac sauce) and mouthwatering desserts.  Restaurant Barbacana (Avenida Lopez Asme, 30)  serving Torta de la Serena, eggs with truffles, roast suckling pig and other extremadurian dishes. Ambigú (Plaza Chica, 9) prepares traditional dishes with a touch of creativity serving wonderful fresh fish and succulent meat dishes.


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