White village of stony towers, Jerez de los Caballeros is one of the last Spanish towns in Badajoz before crossing the border with Portugal. Surrounded by meadows where placidly fatten the best Iberian pigs, this small population of about 1 inhabitants is today a haven of peace that has known more than a foreign and own conqueror.
The visitor who arrives in Jerez de los Caballeros will find history, find architecture and, of course, find one of the best products of the gastronomy of Spain, the Iberian Ham.
1 Templar Castle
So far south and west of the Peninsula, the lands of Extremadura have seen Phoenicians, Romans passing through their fields (Jerez, dry here, was strategically located between Italica and Emerita Augusta) and the Arab invaders.
It was the Knights Templar who supported the reconquest of the city and settled in it, improving and expanding the old Muslim Alcazaba to become the Templar Fortress that today can be visited freely.
Less free was the Order of the Temple, which because of its growing economic and military power was a matter of concern for monarchs and Church and was dissolved by the Pope in 1312.
One of the towers of the Templar fortress of Jerez de los Caballeros evokes those events with a legend, on which its name is based. It is said that the last knights of the order took refuge in it to face the troops that were going to catch them.