Situated in the Southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, this autonomous community is made up of the two largest provinces in Spain: Cáceres and Badajoz. It covers an area of 41,635 km² and has a population of 1,109,367 inhabitants (figures from 2011). It is a land of contrasts and is crossed by two of the largest rivers on the peninsula: the Tagus (which flows through Cáceres) and the Guadiana (which flows through Badajoz). Thanks to the rivers, the region has an agricultural sector of great quality and produces products such as paprika, tobacco and rice. The most populated towns and cities in the region are Badajoz, Cáceres, Mérida (capital of Extremadura and seats of government), Plasencia, Don Benito and Almendralejo. Extremadura has three World Heritage Sites, as designated by the UNESCO: the Old Town of Cáceres, the Archaeological Site of Mérida and the Royal Monastery of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.