Mérida

Situated in one of the most fertile zones of the Badajoz region and declared Heritage of Mankind in 1993, Mérida has for centuries, played home to many diverse cultures over the passage of history. Founded in the year 25 A.D. as a refuge for Roman legions, Emerita Augusta as it was then known, was declared capital of Lusitania, one of the three provinces of Roman Hispania. Still standing from that splendid era, we discover treasure such as: The Roman Theatre, which is the most visited monument in the city, and which during the summer months is converted into a marvellous open-air stage where both modern and old classic works are performed. It is a treasure of incalculable value that allows visitors a chance to imagine how it must have appeared in its heyday. No less spectacular is the amphitheatre, in whose magnificent arena gladiators would fight for their lives, man against man, or pitted against wild animals. In the stands, 15,000 enthusiastic spectators would deliver the final verdict. Every corner of this beguiling city treats us to a pleasant surprise. And perhaps one of the most beautiful is The Temple of Diana. Presiding over was what originally the main public square and meeting point for business, this was one of the most central points in Roman Mérida, situated at the junction of the city’s two major thoroughfares. If we are taken aback by the majesty of this marvellous city, then we are in for an even bigger treat by the surprises that lie on the outskirts. Proof of that can be found in the Aqueduct of Miracles, standing proudly since the First Century A.D … Mérida was also the capital of the Visigoth Kingdom, an era from which we can discover remnants at the impressive Saint Eulalia Basilica. Between its walls lie the remains that span the period from early Christianity to Roman rule. An authentic trip through history...

We discover Visigoth Columns in the Arab Alcazaba, which serve as evidence that materials were recycled by the various different cultures in Spain. The eternal source of life, water has been permanently present in the city over the duration of the centuries with Roman bridges and aqueducts living side by side with other man-made constructions in a city capable of retaining elements of its past without renouncing the present. A few kilometres from Mérida the Proserpina Lake offers the kind of peace and tranquillity that only the combination of water and nature can provide. So why not take your time to relish and enjoy each and every corner of this beautiful and charming city.