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Bluecity Mérida Palace
Velada Mérida
Tryp Mérida Medea Hotel
Bluecity Las Lomas Mérida
Hotel & Boutique Spa Adealba
Aparthotel Capitolina
Nova Roma
Hotel Romero Merida
Hostal Acueducto Los Milagros
Hostal Anas
Las Abadías
Hostal Alfarero
Hotel Rambla Emerita
Hotel Sayago Mérida
Hotel Vettonia
Hotel Cervantes
Hostal Senero
Apartamento Tíbula Sur
Hostal Salud
Apartamentos Turísticos Domus Aquae
Apartamentos El Templo Suites
Capitolio Apartamentos Turísticos
Apartamento Turístico Casa Museo Hotel Apartments Merida
Tibula City
Apartamento Tibula Centro
Apartamento Natura

Airports near MÉRIDA to a maximum distance of 250 Km from the center of MÉRIDA
BJZ - Badajoz 42.17 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - International airport
LPBJ - Beja 167.16 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - International airport
SVQ - Sevilla 170.40 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - International airport
ODB - Cordoba Airport 175.88 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - Regional Airport
OBD - Cordoba 176.33 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - International airport
COV - Covilha 179.23 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - Regional Airport
CQM - Ciudad Real 202.78 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - International airport
CBP - Coimbra 229.24 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - Regional Airport
SLM - Salamanca Matacan 236.11 Km from the center of MÉRIDA - International airport

General information about MÉRIDA
Mérida, capital of Extremadura, was once also capital of the Roman province of Lusitania and is remarkable for having the most impressive and extensive Roman ruins in all of Spain. The ruins lie sprinkled around the town, often appearing in the most unlikely corners, and one can only wonder what still lies buried beneath the modern city.
Source: onelyplanet
The city of Mérida – once Augusta Emerita, capital of the Roman province of Lusitania – has more Roman ruins than anywhere else in Spain. It has sometimes been called an open-air museum: prepare to reel at the number and variety of its remains.

There are remnants of Rome scattered throughout the town that can be seen by the most casual passersby. The Roman bridge across the river, for instance; the aqueducts; the Circo Romano, or racetrack, which now looks rather like an empty football pitch; and sections of Roman road that can be glimpsed from today's pavements.

However, it is the big beasts that really stun the visitor here, with the amphitheatre and the theatre still in startlingly good condition. Both were planned at similar times (in the first century BC), with the amphitheatre built slightly later.

The Roman theatre began to be excavated as recently as 1910 and, following restoration, is used every summer for the Festival of Classical Theatre. The two storeys of columns over the stage, the stage itself, and many of the theatre buildings, remain in terrific shape. It's a grand place: the audioguide tells me that 6,000 people could be seated, with everyone's places allocated according to rank. Women did not fare well: along with slaves, they sat on the very high and narrow seats right at the top.

The elliptically shaped amphitheatre was used for gladiatorial combats, fights between animals, and animals and humans, and circus performances – entertainment that was hugely popular with the public. About 14,000 people could be accommodated, with everyone sitting according to their rank, the most important in private boxes next to the stage.

Out of the centre slightly, by a busy main road and next to the bullring built in 1915, is Mithreo's House. This is the ruin of a noble family's home, based around three patios. The ruin contains one room where some painted walls still stand, and others with well-kept mosaic floors (including one of Eros). The most impressive mosaic is the Cosmological Mosaic, where the elements – such as the sea and air – are laid out on a blue background.

That is by no means all there is to see in Mérida, and there's plenty more to come, with much of Mérida still being excavated.
Source: theguardian
The cuisine from Malaga shares many dishes with the rest of the region, such as the lamb caldereta (a stew made with lamb, onions, garlic and peppers) and Iberian pork products, specially sausages and ham. Other typical dishes include gazpacho (a cold soup made with tomato, peppers, cucumber, garlic, etc.), ajoblanco (another could soup, similar to gazpacho but white, made with garlic, almonds and bread), rabbit and partridge.

Any of the bars and restaurants in Merida serve these and many more delicacies, some of them as appetisers, like pork ears, wild asparagus and cheese. To go with the food, Badajoz offers excellent wines with the label Designation of Origin - Ribera del Guadiana.
Source: spainonline
Mérida tiene un clima mediterráneo continental con influencia atlántica. Se caracteriza por sus altas temperaturas en verano, con máximas que en ocasiones superan los 40º, y sus inviernos suaves con mínimas que rara vez bajan de los 0º. Puesto que los otoños son irregulares, la mejor época para visitarla es por tanto la primavera.
Source: wikitravel



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