Journey back in time in Merida, Spain's ancient Roman treasure trove. As the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania, Merida boasts some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the Iberian Peninsula. Read more

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Founded in 25 BC, Merida quickly rose in prominence as an essential city in the Roman Empire. Its strategic location made it a key logistical hub, resulting in significant Roman infrastructural developments. Today, these remnants of ancient grandeur captivate visitors, making the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the expansive Roman theatre to the impressive aqueduct, Merida's landscape is dotted with ancient wonders, each telling tales of gladiatorial combat, epic theatre performances, and the daily lives of its ancient inhabitants.
Embarking on a journey through Merida immerses visitors in tales of emperors and gladiators, saints and scholars, providing an unparalleled glimpse into the opulence of the Roman era in Spain.

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What to do in Merida

Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano)

A grand spectacle, this theatre once seated around 6,000 spectators. Restored in the 20th century, it is still used for performances today, making history come alive.

Roman Amphitheatre

Witness the arena where gladiators once battled for glory. The elliptical design and seating tiers remain impressively intact.

Temple of Diana (Templo de Diana)

Once a part of the city's forum, this temple stands with Corinthian columns, representing religious practices of Roman Merida.


An Islamic fortress built on the banks of the Guadiana River, it is a testament to the subsequent Moorish influence in the region.

Museum of Roman Art (Museo Nacional de Arte Romano)

Designed by renowned architect Rafael Moneo, the museum houses an exquisite collection of Roman artifacts, including mosaics, sculptures, and coins.

Roman Bridge (Puente Romano)

Stretching over the Guadiana River, this ancient bridge is one of the longest of its kind and has been in use for two millennia.

Aqueduct of Los Milagros

Marvel at the engineering genius of the Romans in this remarkably preserved aqueduct, standing tall with its iconic arches.

Circus Maximus (Circo Romano)

Once a venue for chariot races, this vast structure provides insights into the entertainment preferences of Roman citizens.

Arch of Trajan

This grand arch, dedicated to Emperor Trajan, served as an entrance to the temple precinct.

House of the Amphitheatre (Casa del Anfiteatro)

An archaeological site showcasing residential Roman architecture, complete with mosaics and other domestic artifacts.

What else to visit
In and around Merida

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica (0.56 km)

Journey to the roots of the Roman Empire at the Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, where ancient streets echo tales of emperors, gladiators, and the mighty civilization that once thrived here.

Badajoz (54.82 km)

Nestled near the Portuguese border, Badajoz, the capital of the province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain, is a blend of rich history, cultural vibrancy, and natural beauty.

Elvas (70.98 km)

Step into Elvas, the star-fort city that stands sentinel on the eastern frontier of Portugal. With its formidable ramparts and panoramic vistas of the Alentejo plains, Elvas narrates tales of sieges, resilience, and unparalleled architectural prowess.

Portalegre (101 km)

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of the Alentejo region, Portalegre is a charming town blending historic allure with natural beauty. Encircled by vineyards and cork oak forests, it's an ideal getaway for those seeking serenity and cultural richness.

Monsaraz (105.85 km)

Atop a hill overlooking the serene Alqueva Dam, Monsaraz is a fairy-tale medieval village in Alentejo region. With its whitewashed houses, ancient castle, and panoramic views, Monsaraz offers a journey back in time amidst breathtaking landscape.

Castelo de Vide (110.14 km)

Castelo de Vide, a picturesque gem nestled within Portugal's Alentejo region. Rich in history and boasting panoramic views from its hilltop castle, this town beckons travelers with its winding streets, medieval architecture, and vibrant Jewish heritage.

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