Merida – The Roman City in Spain

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Ancient Roman architecture

Merida is the small but beautiful capital city of Extremadura, Spain. It’s a city that takes you straight to glorious heart of ancient Spain. Friendly folk, engaged in their lively banter in cafes on the narrow streets, Roman ruins scattered across the city, the rich aroma of roasted meat in the air are captivating to say the least. The Roman bridge across the river, the aqueducts, cafes nestled in ancient Roman ruins add a historic and timeless charm.

The ruins of a Roman amphitheatre

The ruins of a Roman amphitheatre

Gearing up for a performance at the Aqueducts

Gearing up for a performance at the Aqueducts

I visited Merida in Aug 2011 and stayed with a Spanish family for all of 7 days. Such a culturally rich experience. Had a wonderful host family and even managed to pick up a bit of Spanish. Ignacio the younger son could speak English, which was such a help, considering practically no one in the town speaks English. Made our lives so much easier.

Most of the locals here work in Madrid and come back home during the Summer holidays. It’s a sparsely populated town and its practically a ghost town on Sunday especially in the afternoons. People adore their siesta and wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Ignacio, the younger son of my host family.

Ignacio, the younger son of my host family.

 

Friendly locals offering me some mouthwatering pork

Friendly locals offering me some mouthwatering pork

Narrow lanes

Beautiful narrow lanes

Pretty houses

Pretty houses

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A deserted town on Sundays

 

Practically a ghost town on Sundays.

Quaint roadside cafes – quintessential Europe

Roman Trojan entrance

Roman Trojan entrance

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Cafes  comfortably nestled in the ruins

Cafes comfortably nestled in the ruins

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Mérida is very small, and the best way to experience it is to walk through the town. Although, the summers can get quite intense, every street has a nice little watering hole to help you along your way.

Merida was my first trip outside India. And even though all my trips are amazing and unforgettable, this city along with my host family will always be amongst the most meaningful journeys.

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10 thoughts on “Merida – The Roman City in Spain

      • I’m from London and moved to Granada a year ago. Probably a 4-hour drive or train trip to get to Mérida. Travelled a lot in Andalucia and planning a trip over the summer through the ‘heart’ of Spain including Mérida. If you come back, I’ll get you a coffee…

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  1. Hehe thanks! Teaching English must be quite a lucrative job in Spain. You must like the hot contrasting climate eh. Ironically, the family I was staying with, the kids were planning a move to London, the Euro crisis had just hit around the time I believe.

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