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Mérida Things to Do

  • Alcazaba

    In a city dominated by Roman remains, this fortified area, has a Muslim origin. Built in 835 DC it is the oldest Muslim fortification in Iberic peninsula. The most remarkable remain is a cistern, with filtered water collected in the river, and built with Roman and Visigoth remains.

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  • More than Roman

    In a city dominated by Roman remains, this fortified area, has a Muslim origin. Built in 835 DC it is the oldest Muslim fortification in Iberic peninsula. The most remarkable remain is a cistern, with filtered water collected in the river, and built with Roman and Visigoth remains.

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  • Temple of Diana

    In the central area of Roman Emerita Augusta was built a temple with granite from local quarries and coated with stucco, surrounded by columns on all sides. At the end of the fifteenth century, a Knight of the order of Santiago,Don Alonso Mexía, , built a palace on the ruins of the Roman temple. Part of the remains of the main facade of the...

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  • Roman forum

    Scattered along town several groups of ruins enhance the rich history of the city almost two thousand years ago.This complex, in the middle of the commercial area, dominated by the temple of Diana, also include a portico, the temple of Mars, and baths.

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  • House of the amphitheater

    ......When you travel short in time, with a kid and a shopaholic, something as to be skipped. For instance, this ruins.I know that most tourists do the same for different reasons - they are close to the main ruins (and, I think, sharing the same ticket) but with a separated entrance. I knew that, but... no way!And I'm sure I would have appreciate...

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  • National Museum of Roman Art

    With lots of Roman remains popping up everywhere, Merida created the Archaeological Museum in 1838, that was replaced by the National Museum of Roman Art in 1986.I had no time to enter, so the only image that I caught is that I found it one of the bigger and uglier houses in town. However, I'm fair enough to accept that my taste is not universal,...

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  • Roman amphitheater

    Just beside the theatre, and visitable together with it, there's a larger amphitheater, not so well recovered.It has an elliptical shape, with 126 metres by 102 metres, surrounding an arena of 64 metres by 41.It seems to have been built in the year 8 BC, to be used by gladiators and wild animals.The signs of digging and reconstruction are well...

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  • Roman theatre

    The top attraction in Merida is the Roman Theatre,a construction started by the consul Vipsanius Agrippa in the years 16 to 15 BC, and renovated at the end of the 1st century or early 2nd century AD probably by Trajan.In the 4th century Constantine I introduced new decorative-architectural elements and a walkway around the monument. With only a...

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  • Anfiteatro Romano (Roman Anphitheatre)

    Built in the year 8 B.C., it hosted some 14.000 people, and it was for shows, gladiators and wild animals.

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  • Los Milagros Aqueduct

    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...

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  • Museo de Arte Romano

    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...

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  • OF COURSE... VISIT THE THEATRE

    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...

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Mérida Hotels

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  • Tryp Medea Hotel Merida

    Easy access from Highway, near shopping center and restaurants Good value hotel, very clean and big...

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  • Merida Palace Hotel

    I had to include this picture of the main courtyard to show a glimse of the standard of this hotel. ...

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  • Hotel Adealba

    Romero Leal, 18, Merida, 6800, Spain

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Mérida Restaurants

  • Good option

    Just across the street from our hotel, and not too far from the historic center, this restaurant is, indeed, a little bit "out of the beaten path".However, it was a perfect solution for us, with good food and prices, with a informal room where the child could behave as... as children use to do.Maybe I'm being unfair; he only broke a glass, and...

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  • Really local food

    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...

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  • Where to eat in Mérida at 10 P.M.

    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...

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Mérida Nightlife

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    Plaza Espana: A Drink in the Evening

    by alucas Written May 10, 2005

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    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.

    Plaxa Espana

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Mérida Transportation

  • Small train

    I was in Merida with a 3 years old child, so, the small train was my first plan to visit the city. I took it so seriously that, before leaving, I checked the films made by users and posted in Youtube. What a deception! Everything that I could see in those amateur films were ugly streets with a distant look of the aqueduc.I lost the enthusiasm, and...

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  • From Madrid to Merida: by plane?

    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...

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  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    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.

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Mérida Local Customs

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    Easter procession: by night in Roman...

    by hojasdehierba Updated Mar 8, 2006

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    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.

    Into the Roman Theatre
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    • Religious Travel
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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Mérida Warnings and Dangers

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    finding signposts to get out!

    by angiebabe Written Oct 5, 2006

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    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!

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Mérida Tourist Traps

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    Don't trust in street advertising

    by hojasdehierba Written Nov 20, 2005

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    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.

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Mérida Off The Beaten Path

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    Marco Vipsanio Agripa

    by solopes Written Aug 12, 2015

    "It's just to have a look", the common argument that usually forces me to stop by a shop, came once more, when exiting Merida, a Chinese shop appeared in a roundabout, close to the highway.
    I must confess that, this time, it didn't bother me much, because, in the roundabout, the general Marco Agripa was standing on his horse.
    Waiting for the legions to come?
    Leaving town?
    He didn't tell, however, I found out that the statue was created in 2007, to celebrate the politician that, charged by the emperor Octavius to build the theatre, decided to give to Emerita Augusta the image of Rome.

    Marco Agripa - M��rida
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Mérida Favorites

  • The Weather in Mérida

    You would say that the Summer in Extremadura are very hot, so, try to go there in other season.To know more, check www.inm.es/web/infmet/predi/locali/EXB.html (Spanish), and look for Mérida.

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  • General Info

    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: otmerida@eco.juntaex.esThere is another Tourism Office (the pic) on Calle de Santa Eulalia/Puerta de la Villa.

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  • Strange invasive plant

    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...

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