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Valencia de Alcantara

Valencia de Alcántara is a municipality located in the province of Cáceres, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. It is near the Portuguese border .The beginning of the nineteenth century, traditionally associated with the beginnings of the modern age, is particularly troublesome in the case of Valencia de Alcántara that will be wrapped in two conflicts of deep draft, like the fleeting conflict known as the War of the Oranges or the War of Independence.Nuestra Señora de Rocamador is the most important church. Valencia de Alcántara is a very important centre of dolmens in Europe.Battle of 1762The Battle of Valencia de Alcántara took place in 1762 as part of the Spanish invasion of Portugal. Portuguese-British troops under John Burgoyne attacked and captured the town, which was a Spanish supply base - setting back the invasion and contributing to the general British victory that year.Famous inhabitantsIt was the birthplace of Pedro Gómez Labrador, Marquis of Labrador, who represented Spain at the Congress of Vienna (1814–1815).Soraya Arnelas was also born here.
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