lots of excellent roman ruins and evidence of life a couple of thousand years ago here!
None really other than it is a little provincial
important roman site (unesco)
It was built on the Ist century, with a cement structure, covered with brick and granite. It was said to bring water from Proserpina Lake to Merida (about 5 kms.), although only the urban part of the aqueduct was elevated from the land, to save the uphill to Proserpina Lake. It's not so well preserved as the San Lazaro Aqueduct, but, in my opinión...more
If you are going to visit Merida, the Roman Art Museum is definitely a must. Most of the original sculptures found in excavations are here. So, what you are going to see all around Merida streets are mainly copies: originals are shown here. Moreover, it houses huge and impressive mosaics, coins and all kind of antiques. It's one of the most visited...more
If I had to choose, I am not sure that I would select the theatre as my Merida favorite monument. But only for a reason: I often cross the Roman bridge, I walk usually beside the Aqueduct, while I only visit the theatre once a year, more or less. In spite of my personal affections, I admit that the Roman theatre is the most impressive monument in...more
The Roman bridge that crosses the Rio Guardina. 60 arches long - the seven in the middle are 15th century replacements, the bridge was still in use until the early 1990s!!#Defence of the old bridge was provided by the Alcabaza built by the Moors - an excellent view of the bridge is provided from the walls of the Alcabaza - combined entry ticket...more
Most monuments in Merida are Roman, but not all of them. The Alcazaba is an example of this. It was constructed by Abderraman II orders in 828, when a good amount of peninsular territory was occupied (and ruled) by Muslims. It is a defensive structure: its walls are 10 meters high and were built with materials taken from other buildings. Recent...more
Roman Bridge was the first work made in Emerita Augusta after the fondation of the city, in 25 b.C. It is the longest in Spain (792 m) and it has 60 arcs. The pillars have a round shape to deal with river currents. It has a concrete nucleus covered with granite. An almost incredible detail is that there was traffic circulation over the bridge up to...more
Also across river Guadiana we find the Public Library (Biblioteca del Estado). It has been built from 1993-1997 under the plans of architect Luis Arranz. I am not so fond of it, although I admit it has a lot of natural light and offers good services to Merida citizens. I dont understand very much why it has a so huge exterior stairs which seems to...more
My favourite building across the river is the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones. It one is so recent that the whole project is not finished yet: there was a square in the project that is not completed and there are relatively few acts in this new building. The complex is composed by two halls which share the entrance platform. It combines...more
In Merida we have the longest Roman bridge in Spain, but also a very modern bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava, the architect who made the project of Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias in Valencia. It has a pedestrian path in the middle of the bridge, but elevated over the cars path, so it is really safe to walk on the bridge.En Mérida...more
There are always a couple of stork's nests in the top of the aqueduct. In Spain it's said that storks bring babies... so be careful!Siempre hay un par de nidos de ciguenhas en lo alto del acueducto. En Espanha se dice que las ciguenhas traen bebes... asi que ten cuidado!more
It's located about 4 kms. far from Merida city centre. It is a Roman reservoir, which was used a a huge deposit of water for the city. They transported water to the city by the means of a cannal and then to the Los Milagros Aqueduct into the city. The Reservoir is considered to be built between I and II century. Presently, in addition to being...more
If you visit Merida in the summer, check if there is any performance at the Roman Theatre. There is a well-known Festival every year (it is at its 52 edition) with several classical plays, concerts, opera, ballet and so on during July and August. It give us the opportunity of enjoy "Antigona", for instance, in a stage that looks even more...more
Columbaria is the term used to describe the open-air tombs that can be found just to the north of Mithraeum House. Amongst other tombs in this area, there are two small granite buildings. Both have wall paintings depicting the familes, and the painting in the picture has been identified as belonging to the Voconius family. The tombs have been dated...more
This villa lies outside of the old Roman city walls, next to the modern bullring. It is named because of the remains discovered on the site now occupied by the bullring, which were connected with the worship of Mithras.The villa contained a number of rooms which were finely decoratd with wall-paintings and mosaics, and the picture shows part of the...more
Castelar, 1, Mérida, 06800, Spain
Good for: Couples
i checked this hotel out using another website-tripadvisordotcom-which i have found fairly reliable...more
Easy access from Highway, near shopping center and restaurants Good value hotel, very clean and big...more
i visited caso nano on a couple of occasions for lunch, and once for dinner in the evening.the menus del dia were priced at 12 euros and 23 euros, and to be honest you are just as well going for the cheaper one as i really couldnt tell any difference in quality nor, really, choice.saying that though the food was of a good standard, fairly typical...more
Next to food market in Merida downtown, Casa Benito is a must if you want to try really tasty "tapas" in a old bar. Perhaps at first you will feel a little abashed with bull-fighting decoration, but it has the virtue of being a kind of historical: 1930's posters and another interesting items. A nice crypt gives and additional flavour to this...more
Spacious pizzeria-restaurante with a friendly approach. Decorations remaind you of the Roman time.In the floor there is a glass cover which permits you to look down to the cellar, where some roman findings are visible (see intro-photo).We were arriving late and this nice restaurant was open and served us at late hours. Spaghetti Pesto and Pizza 4...more
Plaza Espana has four bars - one in each corner, and in the evenings the square fills with families out for a drink and a chat with their friends and family. The children all play in the middle - no teenagers though, they're off elsewhere with their mates.
This view of the square was taken from the roof terrace of our hotel - early in the evening before the crowds came out.
Actually, there is an airport in Talavera la Real, Badajoz, about 45 kms. far from Merida. It has some daily flights to Madrid, but I don't think it is very useful to visit Merida. In the end, if you add up how long it takes you to go from Madrid downtown to Barajas Airport, how long you have to arrive there in advance, how long the flight is and...more
Mérida is very close to Cáceres and, if you are there, it's an excellent day trip.Some road distances from Mérida to:- Cáceres: 76 kms.- Madrid: 353 kms.- Zürich (Switzerland: 2.007 kms.- Krakow (Poland: 3.071 kmsThe web will give you information about some other road distances togethe with the best routes and driving distances.more
Driving into merida from the south was all well sign posted and easy to drive into the centre and up to the main attractions where i had to aim for first to get before they closed - ran around and saw what i wanted to see - BUT when i came to leave and headed on back over the main bridge and entry roundabout to the city i couldnt find one sign out...more
There is a strong tradition of Easter celebrations in Merida: it is said that processions have existed since 1400 years ago. There are many processions through the whole week, but one of them is really special. On the late night (it leaves at 1,00 am) of Holy Wednesday, this procession does its Via Crucis up to the inside of the Roman Theatre, perhaps the most impressive scenary one might imagine for this kind of religious demonstration. Deep emotions are assured.
Hay una fuerte tradicion de celebraciones de Semana Santa en Merida: se dice que han existido procesiones desde hace 1400 anhos. Hay muchas procesiones a lo largo de toda la semana, pero una de ellas es realmente especial. De madrugada (sale a la 1,00 am) del Miercoles al Jueves Santo, esta procesi?n hace su Via Crucis hasta dentro del Teatro Romano, quiz?s el escenario m?s impresionante que uno se pueda imaginar para este tipo de expresi?n religiosa. Las emociones fuertes est?n aseguradas.
study your map when you come to want to drive out of town - signposting in to the place is excellent but getting out is almost nonexistent it seems!
so check your own map for directions to leave.
for madrid leave via the road that heads north from the ampitheatre and theres a signpost up there. for sevilla its over the bridge crossing the main river away from the city but turn left and follow along th eriver for a while - then hopefully you might find a sign!
When you walk around Merida, especially near Museo de Arte Romano area or Santa Eulalia street, you will surely find men and women that will give you pieces of paper advertising restaurants with a fixed menu. The advertised restaurants are not a good ones, although they will cost you the same as a good one. hardly any local people go to them. They will offer you "cerdo ibérico" (first class pork meat) and will give you ordinary pork meat. I tell you that because I was once a tourist in Merida...
Unique Suggestions: Cuando paseas por Mérida, especialmente cerca de la zona del Museo de Arte Romano o de la Calle Santa Eulalia, seguro que encontrarás hombres y mujeres que os darán papeles anunciando restaurantes con un menu fijo. Los restaurantes que anuncian no son buenos, aunque os costarán lo mismo que uno bueno. Casi ningún emeritense va allí. Te ofrecerán "cerdo ibérico" y te darán pura y simple carne de cerdo "blanco". Lo digo porque en tiempos fui una turista en Mérida.
Tourism OfficePaseo José Alvarez Sáenz de Buruaga, s/n- Tel.: (+34) 924 00 97 30- Fax: (+34) 924 00 97 31- Internet: www.turismoextremadura.com/localidades/index.php?id=536 (Spanish and English)- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgThere is another Tourism Office (the pic) on Calle de Santa Eulalia/Puerta de la Villa.more
Since a few months ago, it has appeared a strange plant in Guadiana river. Its name is camalote and It is said to come from Amazonia, but nobody knows why it is here now. The problem is that is growing really fast, almost invading some parts of the river. Just give a look at the pic.Desde hace unos cuantos meses, ha aparecido una extraña planta en...more