Merida, the capital of Spain’s Extremadura region, is set on the Iberian Peninsula. Once part of a Roman province, the city is famous for its ancient sites, several of which have been recognised by UNESCO for their importance. Take the underground tunnel to the spectacular Roman Amphitheatre, or visit the Roman Theatre, built around 16 BC by Marcus Agrippa, where the Classical Theatre Festival takes place every summer. The ingenious engineering of the Romans is visible at sites like the Miraculous Aqueduct of Merida, the Proserpina and Cornalvo Dams, and the Puente Romano Bridge. Delve into the ancient civilisation’s culture further with a visit to the Museum of Roman art, filled with superb tapestries, ceramics, tombs, religious artefacts, and more.

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