Tips for Badajoz mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Badajoz bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Badajoz. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Badajoz. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Badajoz highlights.

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Meet Badajoz Province in a group with coach or minibus rented with chauffeur

In the province of Badajoz you can find important cities such as Badajoz, Zafra, Jerez de los Caballeros and the famous Merida that was declared a heritage site by UNESCO because it has one of the best preserved architectural collections in all of Spain. As this province has touristic activity there is great availability of coach and minibus rental companies with chauffeur for groups.

Mérida

Mérida credit: szerbijn CC BY 2.0

Theatres, Roman temples, templar castles, prehistoric dolmens, natural spaces for active tourists and much more that you can enjoy during your travel in bus through this province.

El Cancho Ruano in Zalamea de la Serena has a great archeological collection.

As well we owe it to the Romans for creating  Vía de la Plata which is now Cádiz to Oviedo. During the  Middle Age this route  was used by pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela and now takes you to Extremadura sites such as Zafra, Mérida, Cáceres and because of its history it is part of the heritage of Badajoz.

Castle route in Badajoz

Your tour with bus or minibus hire with driver around Badajoz can start on this route were you will find 40 fortifications. This quantity of castles is due to the intense activity by the military on land. This is especially true for the Órdenes de Santiago, el Temple y Alcántara. The most spectacular castles are the Castillo de Alburquerque that was built in 1276 and houses the Archeological Museum of Badajoz, the castle of Medelín constructed on a hill and used in its time for military defense and  Alcázar in Zafra built in 1437 and is now known as Palacio de los Duques de Feria.

Alburquerque

Alburquerque credit: PILAR J CC BY 2.0

In the province the museums that stand out are Casa-Museo de Zurbarán in Fuente de Cantos, Museo Nacional de Arte Romano and Colección de Monsalud from  Azuaga.

In the towns, hamlets and cities of the province of Badajoz there are many festivals that allow you to understand the character of the people. The important festivals are that of Semana Santa, Carnivals, Various Pilgrimages, Livestock Festivals, fairs and other festivals such as the Festival of Teatro Clásico de Mérida that takes place during July and August and is over 70 years old.

Travel to nature parks of Badajoz in bus rental for group

Parque Natural de Cornalvo

Situated 5 miles (7 km) to the east of Mérida, it houses the old Roman dam for which the park is named and it has a habitat that is linked to water that is of great ecological value.

Parque Natural de Cijara

In the northeast of the province, it is ideal for enjoying a day in the open air.

Valles del Jerte

Ideal for a group travel, long walks, mountain biking, hiking, horse back riding or watching the trout jump. You can go in bus by highway (autovía) E-5 or by train the Madrid Chamartin-Cáceres-Badajoz line.

This is a spectacular space where you can enjoy  hot springs and natural pools on a weekend bus trip on EX_100.

Valle del Jerte

Valle del Jerte credit: Jose Antonio Cotallo López CC BY 2.0

San Pedro

This is 50 miles (75km)  from the capital, and there you can find  Embalse de Cornalvo y Sierra Bermeja, Green spaces with Woods, bodies of water and a flora and fauna worthy of a visit.

Tourist agencies and tour operators will be able to also organize minibus trips to the golf courses found in Badajoz.

Wine Tours in Badajoz

Guided group bus tours will be able to go to the Ruta del Vino where you can visit different bodegas such as Viñas de Alange with a variety of different wines under the brand Viña, Viña Santa Marina with its well- known brand of wines Miraculus and Bodegas Medina with its famous brand Jaloco among others. In addition, you will be able to taste wines and enjoy long walks in the surroundings.

Iberian ham and pork products, cheese and wine are the most important products from the province of Badajoz.

Restaurants

On your bus trip, when you are ready to eat, we suggest some of the restaurants of the province, and among them are Parador de Zafra Duques de Feria in Zafra, Restaurante Nandos in Almendralejo or maybe  Restaurante Los Gemelos in Villafranca de los Barros.

Travel to Discotheques in Badajoz province 

You will also be able to organize group trips in minibus rented with chauffeur to the different discotheques in the province such as Discoteca Dinosaurio in Villanueva de La Serena, Discoteca-Pub Querqus in Albuquerque and Discoteca Bar Rocha’s in Arroyo de San Serván.

City Tourism in Badajoz with minibus rented with chauffeur

You can rent a bus for group in the city or in Badajoz Province. There are a lot of guided tour options in Badajoz, so we’ve made a list of some of the best, such as a group or individual trip that could start at The Roman Theatre (el Teatro Romano), which dates from the first century BC and had room for 6,000 spectators. This monument hosts theatrical and musical productions. Next to the theatre, you can visit the Amphitheatre (Anfiteatro), which is also from the first century BC, which was where different types of games were held, principally gladiatorial fights featuring wild animals; the grandstand and seating area are still standing.

Teatro romano de Mérida

Teatro romano de Mérida credit: Fernando Jiménez  CC BY 2.0

Tres Arroyos (Three Rivers): Just 6 kilometers (4 miles) separate the capital from this beautiful park which is in the process of being rebuilt and which you can get to by bus. At the park you can go far a walk, explore the paths, take a bike ride, or just have a picnic under the trees.

Top Badajoz Tourism

Must-see

This city offers a wide variety of tourist attractions, but we recommend visiting The Temple of Diana (El Templo de Diana) and Trajan's Arch (El Arco de Trajano), which is 15 meters (49 feet) tall and is a symbol of the majesty of its era. Inside, you can take a look at a Roman cistern, which has been reconstructed and decorated with Visigoth columns. The Roman Bridge (El Puente Romano) is one of the biggest of its kind; it has sixty arches and is about 800 meters (875 yards) long. Outside the city there's the Aqueduct of Miracles (El Acueducto de Milagros) which served to regulate the water level of the river.

El templo de Diana

El templo de Diana credit: Esteban Viso CC BY 2.0

There are several museums in Badajoz, so we recommend organizing a guided tour of them, especially the Provincial Archeology Museum (el Museo Arqueológico Provincial), which exhibits pieces found at dig sites, The Fine Arts Museum (el Museo de Bellas Artes), which opened in 1920 and currently holds 1,200 paintings and sculptures, representing more than 300 artists, The Cathedral Museum (el Museo Catedralíceo), located inside the Metropolitan Cathedral (la Catedral Metropolitana), and The Contemporary Art Museum (el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), which occupies the grounds of the old "preventative and correctional" prison of Badajoz, which was built in the fifties on top of the 17th century Fort Pardaleras.

Young folks can take a bus hire with driver downtown to enjoy the nightlife, including a variety of nightclubs, such as Discoteca Oxígeno, Natividad Mata Pereira, and Big Ben.

vida nocturna en Badajoz

vida nocturna en Badajoz credit: BigSus CC BY 2.5

What to see during your walk in Badajoz with a rented minibus with driver

If you want to rent a bus for an excursion or trip that originates or terminates in Badajoz, we suggest including these stops in your itinerary:

Alcazaba de Badajoz

This is one of the best-preserved Moorish walled castles with several towers still standing; this defensive structure dates from the eleventh century. During the fifteenth century almost the whole city’s population lived within the castle grounds, which is why mosques and palaces were built in the interior, such as the Palace of the Counts of the Rock, which currently houses the Archeological Museum. It’s located on José Álvarez Plaza and Sáez de Buruaga (no street number).

Plaza Alta

In the middle of the historic district, this is plaza is a symbol of the city. It has a rectangular layout with buildings decorated with Mudejar-style paintings of various colors and patterns as well as arched doorways. It’s located next to the Alcazaba. There are a number of bars located on its terraces. Sit down and relax! Have a beer or a cup of tea and do some people-watching.

Palmas Gate (Porta de Palmas)

This symbol of Badajoz is situated across from Palmas Bridge (Puente de Palmas) on the banks of the Guadiana River. In its time, it was the gateway to the city, and then in the nineteenth century it was converted into a royal prison. It is considered the most beautiful monument of Badajoz. The Badajoz Office of Tourism is located in the lower part of one of the towers.

Asador Los Chancales (The Chancales Grill)

Situated on Adelardo Covarsi Street, you can enjoy the traditional cuisine of Extremadura here along with local wine. This restaurant specializes in barbeque, so we recommend trying the pork or lamb.

La Calera

This building originated in the sixteenth century and has a façade that exhibits various shields and crests. The interior has access to Scarecrow Tower (la Torre del Espantapájaros). It is surrounded by beautiful gardens that feature diverse archeological ruins. It’s located next to the Alcazaba and Plaza Alta.

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