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Atrio Hotel


I agonized about reserving a room at the Atrio Hotel in Spain’s poorest region, Extremadura.

On the plus side, the hotel was in the ancient walled city of Cáceres, a well-preserved UNESCO site, quiet, haunting and untouristy. Fewer than 400 people live in the “Old Town,” cited as one of the one of the best examples of medieval and renaissance architecture in the world. Atrio’s contemporary design suited our tastes. As did its small size—only 14 rooms. Equally appealing was its Michelin-starred restaurant, renowned for decades before its owners wrapped it inside a modern hotel.

On the minus side, a labyrinth of narrow twisting streets would make it difficult—even for “Magellan,” Kerry’s Latitude65 nickname—to get to its hilltop location. The Atrio is also one of the Relais et Chateaux hotels, often stuffy places that frown (discretely) upon our backpacks. And then there was the price, multiplied by the three nights we wanted to be in Extremadura.

I gulped, and clicked “Book Now.” Read more


In our last post, “The Acts of Little Carmen,” we talked about choosing to stay in Spain’s old walled city of Cáceres for its architectural beauty, contemporary art, good food, boutique hotel and great hiking nearby—it scored a perfect five in my five-point criteria for a good destination.

On the map, light green—the universal colour for “espacio natural”—dominates the area surrounding Cáceres. There’s Monfragüe National Park and Biosphere Reserve. Tajo International Natural Park. And Geopark Villuercas-Ibores-Jara, With so much to choose from, descriptions only in Spanish and time for just one day of hiking, selecting a trail was complicated.

Until I found “The Walk by Goat Horn River “on the website of Gisela Wood, who has published the only guide in English to hiking in Extremadura. To you Gisela, I owe this entry in my diary: “Best Day (so far) in España, Tuesday, Oct 7.” Read more