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  • Where to stay and what to eat and do in Cáceres, Valladolid and Cordoba

Cáceres

STAY:

Hotel NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo

This modern hotel retains features of the 16th-century Palacio de Oquendo, including the original façade, historic internal patio courtyard and vaulted ceilings, complemented with simple, understated contemporary interior design. There are 86 rooms, several with views over the charming Plaza San Juan. There's also a gym, as well as meeting rooms for business travellers. The La Cava del Emperador bar is the place to try local Extremadura wines.

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Hotel Atrio

Michelin-star chef Juan Antonio (Toño) Pérez and wine connoisseur José Polo have created this extraordinary food and wine hotel found in the very centre of old town. Behind its traditional façade the hotel surprises with avant-garde architecture (by Emilio Tuñón Álvarez and Luis Moreno Mansilla). It is built around a central 'atrio' courtyard which is dramatically framed by white geometric arches that play beautifully with the sunshine. This is where the private guest rooms meet the elegant public spaces including the sun and pool terraces, the secluded courtyard and the stylish dining room. The chic guest rooms continue the minimalist aesthetic - white walls, designer furniture and a piece or two of original art.

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EAT:

Restaurante Tapería Yuste

This cosy tapas restaurant has tables inside under the traditional vaulted ceilings and also out on the terrace, overlooking the plaza and San Juan church.

Share dishes of local lamb and also 'jamón ibérico de bellota', the traditional acorn-fed ham from the oak 'dehesa' estates of Extremadura. Try too the artisan cheeses including the 'Torta Extremeña', a hearty sheep's milk cheese that is unique to the area with Denominación de Origen protection.

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Restaurante Atrio

Awarded two Michelin stars, this restaurant has become a legendary destination for gourmet travellers.

The tasting menus have an undeniable contemporary feel yet focus on traditional Iberian and Extremeño ingredients.

The wine list is a heavy hardback book, featuring highlights from the 40,000 bottles from 22 countries of José Polo's award-winning wine collection. Before dinner, guests are invited to a private tour of this architect-designed cellar.

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Valladolid

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Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

Abadía Retuerta is a magnificent wine estate with five-star accommodation, luxe spa, and Michelin star dining. Sheltered in a small valley edged with pine and oak woodlands, this epicurean resort includes the award-winning boutique winery, Abadía Retuerta, makers of 'Selección Especial', a wine which reflects the essence of the vineyards, made with 75% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.

The adjacent 900-year-old medieval abbey is now the 30-room boutique spa hotel LeDomaine, offering food and wine guest experiences including 4x4 tours of the vineyards and wine tastings in the impressive winery. There's also signature fusion wine oenotherapy spa treatments at the resort's Santuario Spa, where 'Spa Sommeliers' recommend appropriate treatments.

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EAT:

Refectorio

This is the Michelin-star restaurant of LeDomaine. A 17th-century frieze of the Last Supper is a reminder of when this was the simple dining space for the monks. Now it is a modern-day temple to fine dining by executive chef Marc Segarra Sauné who has achieved a Michelin star. Expect original dishes using local ingredients, paired with wines from the Abadía Retuerta cellar. Try the local white asparagus served with croutons, coffee butter and wild mushrooms, paired with the estate's fresh and delicate Blanco de Guarda Sauvignon Blanc.

Vinoteca

This relaxed, yet elegant restaurant is above the Abadía Retuerta wine cellar. Spanish menu of local and regional recipes, tapas and small plates with international influences too.

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Cordoba

STAY:

Hotel NH Collection Amistad Córdoba

Hotel NH Collection Amistad Córdoba is in the historic centre, close to the ancient city walls, and the remarkable Mosque-Cathedral. Luckily, there's also an underground carpark, so it's a good stop for a road trip.

There are two outdoor pools - one for kids, the other for adults. There's a gym too. Guest rooms keep to the simple, modern style typical of NH Collection.

The property retains the historic courtyards of the original 18th-century palaces that make up the modern hotel.

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EAT:

Restaurant Noor

Chef Paco Morales has captured the flavours and aromas of Cordoba's Al-Andalus past in his Michelin-star restaurant. Though a 15-minute taxi ride from the centre, it's well worth a visit for a unique interpretation of ancient recipes. Re-opens in September.

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Jugo Vinos Vivos

For an evening aperitif, try this independent wine store offering a collection of natural wines, which you can enjoy with small tapas. Re-opens in September.

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