This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in El Torno.
Tucked into the Spanish mountains, along the river Jerte, is the small village of El Torno. Primarily an agricultural town, El Torno provides a perfect base for travelers looking to experience the Spanish lifestyle and get away from traditional tourist destinations.
Hostels and hotels here are small and quiet, letting guests blend in with the locals as they explore this beautiful part of Spain. This area is known for its wildlife, which visitors can enjoy up close at the major reserve at Monfragüe National Park or the International Tagus River Natural Park.
Tourists come to El Torno to enjoy Spain’s pleasant Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and long, mild winters. A stay at a local hotel or hostel gives visitors a chance to take advantage of the weather while exploring the area around El Torno.
History buffs will find plenty to learn about in El Torno, and the surrounding region. Extremadura’s capital city, Mérida, has roots as one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire, and the area is full of examples of traditional Roman architecture. The poverty in Extremadura led to many of this area’s young men becoming some of Spain’s initial conquistadors, who settled in America. The area has also been home to a wide variety of famous painters, writers, poets, scientists, and musicians.
Guests staying at a hotel or hostel in El Torno can indulge in some of Extremadura’s traditional cuisine, which primarily features Iberian pork and mutton cooked into simple dishes to be shared with friends and neighbours. Many local restaurants still feature this style of food.
El Torno is just a few hours from Madrid, so tourists flying into the airport there can easily reach the town by hopping on a shuttle bus or taking a taxi. Car rentals are also a good option for visitors who hope to do more traveling through the Spanish mountains.
Written by local enthusiast for El Torno hostelsJakob Lombardi