188km (117 miles) W of Toledo, 225km (140 miles) SW of Madrid

Guadalupe lies in the province of Cáceres, 450m (1,500 ft.) above sea level. The village has a certain beauty and a lot of local color. Thanks to its famous shrine to the Virgin (also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe), it's packed with vendors and is a major outlet of the religious-souvenir industry. And it's easy to get around -- everything of interest lies within a 3-minute walk of the bus drop-off point at Avenida Don Blas Pérez, also known as Carretera de Cáceres.

Around the corner and a few paces downhill is the Plaza Mayor, which contains the Town Hall (where many visitors stop in to ask questions, since there is no tourist office).

The village is best visited in spring, when the balconies of its whitewashed houses burst into bloom with flowers. Wander the twisting, narrow streets, some no more than alleyways. In fact, the buildings are so close together that in summer, you can walk in the shade of the steeply pitched sienna-colored tile roofs.