Don Benito

Don Benito is a Spanish city in the province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura.


Don Benito is on the river Guadiana, has 37 149 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013) and, together with the five kilometers away town of Villanueva de la Serena ( population 25,000 ) has one common metropolitan area. Don Benito is a city area of ​​561.6 km ². Neighboring cities are Medellín, Trujillo and Mérida.


Don Benito was founded in the 15th century by residents of nearby settlements, the relocated because of flooding of the river Guadiana. In the village originated craft among other things, clothing and foods such as flour and oil, as well as commercial enterprises for wheat, wine, fruit and vegetables.

Sights, Culture and Sport

In Don Benito to historic church building (Iglesia de Santiago from the 16th and 17th century Iglesia de San Sebastián, a Carmelite monastery, founded in 1883, several chapels ), theaters are (Teatro Imperial, Anfiteatro de Ave Maria ), an ethnographic museum and a of Rafael Moneo -designed cultural center.

Don Benito was one of the venues for the U-16 Football Championship in 1988 and the U-18 Football Championship in 1994. 2004 saw the Spanish road Radmeisterschaft in Don Benito instead.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Juan Donoso Cortés (1809-1853), Spanish diplomat, politician and political philosopher
  • Fernando Puig Rosado ( born 1931 ), Spanish painter, graphic artist, illustrator of children's books and animated filmmaker
  • Jesús Sánchez Adalid (born 1962 ), Spanish author of historical novels
  • Juan Manuel Gómez Sánchez (also known as Juanma; born 1981 ), Spanish footballer