Merida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. The city sits proudly on the Iberian Peninsula just 174 miles (280 km) southwest of Madrid.
So Merida can be reached by plane to Madrid and from there rent-a-car/ train or bus. Merida is also very close to Portugal and the trip can be combined with some places in Portugal. Check my amazing experience in Lisbon here.
Unique region with strong Roman influence. Over time, the Extremadura region was held under Christian, Moorish and Portuguese control – marvelous mix of cultures and spirits in Spain!
When I was there sometimes I had the feeling I am in Rome but the Spanish language always turned me back in the reality.
Let me start with the most visited part of Merida, Spain – Mérida Theatre – one of the oldest archaeological sites in Spain. The ticket is less than 10 EUR, so it is a must to go there when you visit Merida, Spain.
Roman Theatre is one of the most Roman places in Merida. It is built in Emerita Augusta (the old name of Merida, it means the Army of Augustus), located in the archaeological ensemble of Merida, one of the largest and most extensive archaeological sites in Spain. It is World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Beautiful wide stage and so much Roman spirit around. Behind the stage is a garden area surrounded by columns. It makes me feel a part of the past. I had so much fun around!
While trying to find some place to eat, I found The Temple of Diana – Perfect Roman style under the Extremadura sun.
An old couple joined our group for a walk around the Roman ruins and they gave us more information about Merida.
Acueducto de los Milagros, another extraordinary example of Roman masterwork, is the ruins of the Roman aqueduct bridge – great place to sit and relax with a drink.
Another bridge which connects Merida with small village area around is the Roman Bridge of Merida – Puente de Lusitania. It is nice to crossed it and have amazing view from there. Perfect time to take some photos.
I spent some time in the village area also and look how was it.
Something I missed to visit because I did’t have enough time – National Museum of Roman Art – Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, but my friends strongly recommend it as a very arty place.
Do you like circus? If yes, then Roman Circus (Circo romano) in Merida, Spain is waiting for you!
It is ruined Roman circus used for Chariot racing – so exciting and very dangerous for the racers in the past, spectacular for watching.
Tip: don’t miss the local Jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) in Merida, Spain. The food is delicious! And taste sangria!
Spent at least one whole day walking around the city Merida to feel the energy. Enjoj Spain!
Take the road!