Montánchez - Capital of the ham of Extremadura
In the extreme south of the province of Cáceres Montánchez is located, a municipality whose first references date from the year 1095, during the Muslim invasion, and which after the Reconquest was given the title of Villa with a term that encompassed what are now 14 municipalities; forming the Sierra de Montánchez.
It sits next to a castle of Roman origin, which is still preserved and which is one of its main signs of identity. Although if there really is something that is the hallmark of this town is the ham. A product that undoubtedly comes automatically to mind when the name of Montánchez is mentioned, which is already considered 'ham capital of Extremadura'.
Thus, ham and Montánchez are two terms intimately linked, as it could not be otherwise, taking into account that of the Denominación de Origen Protegido Dehesa de Extremadura hams, which brings together the hams and shoulders made in 85 municipalities of this region (both of the province of Cáceres as of the one of Badajoz), the most known are those of the Montanchego municipality.
The Montánchez hams are undoubtedly the best known of all those included in the Protected Designation of Origin (D.O.P.) Dehesa de Extremadura.
Montánchez is more than just ham
But Montánchez not only stands out for its ham and for the rest of products derived from the Iberian pig.
If we approach Montánchez, we can also enjoy its extra virgin olive oil, from centuries-old olive trees, grown on terraces, where mechanization becomes an impossible task, giving the final product unique characteristics.
Finally, nothing better than sitting at the table to taste these delicacies accompanied by a good wine of Montánchez.