Water and Nature

Few could imagine that a city such as Mérida, resplendent with its stunning monuments, could also leave the casual spellbound by its breathtaking landscape of immense beauty. One of the longest Roman bridges in the world leads us away from an Emérita to which it has served for centuries. The Roman Bridge has little in common with the other huge structures such as the Lusitania Bridge which today, are symbols of a city that has moved with modern times. The waters which pass underneath provide the natural resources for a large city which, just several kilometres from its centre, offers us fine examples of nature in its purest form. The 10,570 hectares of natural parkland is the welcome that visitors receive at the Cornalvo Park. A haven of peace and tranquillity that is only interrupted by the sound of some of the 200 species of birdlife that life here. Close by is the Proserpina Lake. For years, this was the beauty spot enjoyed by generations of Emeritenses. It extends into a reservoir, also the work of the Romans and one which is believed to be one of the biggest of the classical period. Such is the importance of water in Mérida that there is a Conservation Centre dedicated solely to the substance that is central to human existence. It was a fundamental element for the Romans’ day to day life. The proof of that are the fountains, public baths, and the water used in industry and in homes … We can follow the course of water via aqueducts, rivers and underground streams, such as those that emerge at the Alange Spa. This dreamlike location gives us the chance to step feet first and relax is the same bathing pools which the Romans used more than 2,000 years ago. As we slowly glide down the marble steps that guide us back to the 2nd Century A.D. we are able to enjoy the hot spring waters that provide the perfect culmination to a route, whose final stop allows us to feel like authentic emperors or empresses.