Here are the main areas where you can find an Iberian pig.
If you haven’t got time to look, then our advice is to go to… Extremadura!
Extremadura is the Spanish region with the highest Iberian pork production at around 50%. Extremadura’s oak woodlands is a huge well-conserved ecosystem extending across nearly a million hectares where Iberian pigs freely roam.
You can also find Iberian pigs in the southwest region of Castilla y León, in the north of Andalusia (Cordoba has 12%, Seville 10% and Huelva, 8%).
However, Spain is not the only pig-raising territory as its neighbouring country, Portugal, also has them in its Algarbe and Alentejo regions.
In short, if you’re looking for a pig, go to the areas where extensive grazing practices have traditionally been possible. That’s where you’ll find immense holm, cork and gall oak woodlands.
Now, if you’re looking for places where ham and cured meats are made, they’ll often be the same. For example, the following are well-known in Castilla y León and the province of Salamanca: Candelario, Guijuelo and Ledrada. In Extremadura, specifically in Badajoz: Jeréz de los Caballeros, Frenegal de la Sierra, Monesterio and Olivenza. If you head to Andalusia, you can stop by Cumbres Mayores, Jabugo and Cortejana.
So, you should now agree that we’ve given you a few hints as to where you can find the pig you like the most (or the part of it).