Door of Palms is a monumental door of wall that surrounded Badajoz in the past, it is located beside the Bridge of Palms

Door of Palms is a monumental door of wall that surrounded Badajoz in the past, it is located beside the Bridge of Palms

Locally, it is known as Puerta de Palmas and it was built in 1551

Locally, it is known as Puerta de Palmas and it was built in 1551

This photo shows the entrance of Bishop Ramon Perez Rodriguez into Badajoz in 1922 from the railway station

This photo shows the entrance of Bishop Ramon Perez Rodriguez into Badajoz in 1922 from the railway station

Bridge of the Palms is to the east of the door while Plaza Reyes Catolicos to the west

Bridge of the Palms is to the east of the door while Plaza Reyes Catolicos to the west

A photo of the Plaza Reyes Catolicos (the Catholic Kings Plaza)

A photo of the Plaza Reyes Catolicos (the Catholic Kings Plaza)

In the beginning, this gate was known as the New or Bridge Gate

In the beginning, this gate was known as the New or Bridge Gate

Bridge of Palms is seen through the arch of Palms Door - this was the main gate to enter the city

Bridge of Palms is seen through the arch of Palms Door - this was the main gate to enter the city

It also served as a Triumph Arch in honour of Philip II

It also served as a Triumph Arch in honour of Philip II

In the past, this gate was used as a chapel (Our Lady of Los Angeles) and then as a military prison

In the past, this gate was used as a chapel (Our Lady of Los Angeles) and then as a military prison

This gate was connected with the city walls till 1905 and 1906, when two paths were opened for the pedestrians

This gate was connected with the city walls till 1905 and 1906, when two paths were opened for the pedestrians

Trees on the western bank of River Guadiana, this section of the bank is located between the Door of Palms and the river

Trees on the western bank of River Guadiana, this section of the bank is located between the Door of Palms and the river

The Puente de Palmas (Bridge of Palms), an impressive 582m bridge, was built in 1596

The Puente de Palmas (Bridge of Palms), an impressive 582m bridge, was built in 1596

The Bridge of Palms is also known as Puento Bobo, it is the oldest bridge in Badajoz

The Bridge of Palms is also known as Puento Bobo, it is the oldest bridge in Badajoz

A bridge existed here in the 15th century but it was completely destroyed in 1545

A bridge existed here in the 15th century but it was completely destroyed in 1545

Again, in 1603 floods caused a massive damage to the structure and it lost its 16 spans out of 24

Again, in 1603 floods caused a massive damage to the structure and it lost its 16 spans out of 24

Puerta de Palmas can be seen at the end of the Bridge of Palms

Puerta de Palmas can be seen at the end of the Bridge of Palms

The bridge was built again in 1833 and few changes were made in the 21st century

The bridge was built again in 1833 and few changes were made in the 21st century

Puente de la Universidad seen from the Puente de Palmas

Puente de la Universidad seen from the Puente de Palmas

The University Bridge was built in 1960

The University Bridge was built in 1960

Here, waters of the Guadiana River offer a lifeline to a variety of birds, fish, mammals and amphibians

Here, waters of the Guadiana River offer a lifeline to a variety of birds, fish, mammals and amphibians

This river is 818 km long, of which 578 km are within Spanish territory, 140 km within Portugal, while 100 km are shared between the two nations

This river is 818 km long, of which 578 km are within Spanish territory, 140 km within Portugal, while 100 km are shared between the two nations

Ducks enjoying a cozy morning at the River Guadiana

Ducks enjoying a cozy morning at the River Guadiana

The source of River Guadiana lies in Castilla-La Mancha and it flows into Gulf of Cadiz (Spain)

The source of River Guadiana lies in Castilla-La Mancha and it flows into Gulf of Cadiz (Spain)

There are mnay dams built over the river to control the water levels

There are mnay dams built over the river to control the water levels

Dams effect the wildlife, to balance this, Portugal has a nature reserve named Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antonio Marsh Natural Reserve

Dams effect the wildlife, to balance this, Portugal has a nature reserve named Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antonio Marsh Natural Reserve

In Spain, nature reserves cover around 5160 acres of land

In Spain, nature reserves cover around 5160 acres of land

The Romans called this river Flumen Anas ( the River of Ducks) and the Arabs called it Wadi Ana

The Romans called this river Flumen Anas ( the River of Ducks) and the Arabs called it Wadi Ana

Eastern bank of the River Guadiana in Badajoz

Eastern bank of the River Guadiana in Badajoz

Myself standing at the Palm Bridge with the Alcazaba of Badajoz in background

Myself standing at the Palm Bridge with the Alcazaba of Badajoz in background

Greenery on the banks of the Guadiana River

Greenery on the banks of the Guadiana River

It forms few small leafy island in the river - about 82 percent of the river basin lies in Spain and aorund 17 percent in Portugal

It forms few small leafy island in the river - about 82 percent of the river basin lies in Spain and aorund 17 percent in Portugal

Looking toward the Puente Autonomia this bridge was built in 1990 and it is located upstream of the Palms Bridge

Looking toward the Puente Autonomia this bridge was built in 1990 and it is located upstream of the Palms Bridge

Waters of the River Guadiana with the vegetation growing around it

Waters of the River Guadiana with the vegetation growing around it

Some of the water birds are enjoying themselves among the green vegetation

Some of the water birds are enjoying themselves among the green vegetation

Roads are built on the both banks of the river - in the distance, Alcazaba of Badajoz can be seen

Roads are built on the both banks of the river - in the distance, Alcazaba of Badajoz can be seen

Walking on the western bank of the river

Walking on the western bank of the river

A panoramic view of the River Guadiana and its bridges, seen from the alcazaba

A panoramic view of the River Guadiana and its bridges, seen from the alcazaba

River bifurcation, seen from the ramparts of alcazaba

River bifurcation, seen from the ramparts of alcazaba

Sheep and goats are grazing with the River Guadiana flowing next to them

Sheep and goats are grazing with the River Guadiana flowing next to them

Walking at the alcazaba walls offers breathtaking views of the river and its bridges

Walking at the alcazaba walls offers breathtaking views of the river and its bridges