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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
In a nutshell
important roman site (unesco)
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.
Written May 10, 2005
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.
Updated Mar 8, 2006
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!
Written Oct 5, 2006
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.
Written Nov 20, 2005