To say I was excited about Mérida is a bit of an understatement. Roman Iberia, in all its wonder. And the ruins did not disappoint. The amphitheatre and theatre are spectacular, but a lot of the rest is ruined – which may seem obvious, but when you traipse around the city in the July heat to the next place on the map, it is a little disappointing to encounter a cluster of bricks where a wall once stood. A lot of the sights are in the open air, which means sunblock is a must in the summer. The Roman villa has a covering, more to protect the fabulous mosaics than visitors, but the excavations are fascinating. The famous Alcazaba is bleak and blasted inside, an open dusty space with a few buildings and some battlements. The cistern is interesting and indicates their incredible engineering skills.
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I'm a poet based in Bristol via Derry, St Andrews and Madrid. When I'm not writing or performing my own poetry, I'm reading or trotting about with my camera. There is sometimes drink taken. View more posts