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Colors of Merida - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

CATEDRAL DE MÉRIDA - Merida is a unique city from historical and cultural points of view. In Roman times, one of the largest and richest cities was located on its territory, and some of its monuments have been preserved to this day. Now they are recognized as a world historical heritage. Such a rich history of the city could not but affect the cultural traditions of its inhabitants. The inimitable festival Emérita Lúdica dedicated to the traditions of Ancient Rome is held in Merida every year.
Merida is a city whose first mention dates back to ancient times, which is reflected in numerous city attractions (for example, the Roman Amphitheater, aqueducts, thermae, the Temple of … Open
It was first held about ten years ago and has been organized annually in the first half of June since then. The event dedicated to ancient culture lasts 8 days and is visited by more and more foreign guests every year. Entertainment events are attended by professional historians and archaeologists, artists and designers, as well as local folk groups. For several days, guests of Merida plunge into the amazing atmosphere of ancient times, fascinating tours of iconic historical sites are held for them.
An important part of the festival is a traditional fashion show whose participants wear splendid costumes of ancient times. Among the ruins of the ancient amphitheater, gladiatorial fights and theatrical performances are staged, solemn marches of legionaries pass through the streets. Many local hotels and restaurants take an active part in the festival, creating special interiors in a historical style. Copyright
Merida is ready to delight gourmets with a variety of interesting dishes and drinks. Since the city can hardly be called touristy, most of its restaurants is aimed at locals and serve … Open
One of the tourists' favorite stages of the holiday is fairs where one can try the best regional products and dishes that were popular with locals hundreds of years ago. At the fairs, they sell interesting handicrafts, and everyone can buy a beautiful costume in a historical style. The traditional cuisine of the ancient Romans will impress gourmets and those open to something new. It'd be interesting to visit an unusual historical festival with children - special tours and entertainments are arranged for them too.
In July and August, Merida hosts another interesting festival dedicated to classical theatrical art. This holiday is one of the largest of its kind in Spain, it starts in early July and continues until the end of the summer. Theater troupes from many countries of the world join the international event. The main goal of the festival is to promote theater among youth. Theatrical figures with a worldwide reputation take part in the festival every year. The main feature of the festival is that a large part of the performances is staged in the ancient amphitheater, which is one of Merida's main historical symbols.
Historical monuments of various periods have been preserved in Merida. An outstanding religious site is Basílica de Santa Eulali. It is one of the region's oldest churches, the first … Open
Townspeople are known for a very cheerful and friendly nature. The variety of unique attractions made Merida a popular tourist destination. Citizens are long used to a large number of foreign guests, therefore tourists are treated friendly and can always count on the help. Along with that, some local traditions and habits have remained unchanged for many years. As in many other Spanish cities, there is a tradition of siesta in Merida - a long midday break, which takes at least two hours. At this time, many restaurants, shops, and workplaces close and open only after 5:00 pm. Such an interesting tradition appeared in this region due to the hot climate. It has always been customary to have a rest in the midst of a sultry day here.
Relatives and friends remain the main value for townspeople, however, it is not customary to spend evenings at home here. In the evening, many locals go to their favorite restaurants and bars to meet friends and loved ones. Locals are also known for their love for the traditional flamenco dance, one of the main symbols of modern Spain. The city has several dance centers where everyone can learn the art of the passionate Spanish dance.
Besides walks in historical places, Merida is ready to offer its guests a lot of interesting entertainments. The city has several children's entertainment centers. Tourists traveling with … Open
Markets and souvenir shops offer tourists traditional clothes and shoes for dancing. Such accessories are popular even among those who have never been interested in dancing before. Local dance groups are invited to all holidays and festivals, and theaters often hold incredible performances with the participation of the best dancers. It would be interesting to visit Merida for everyone who is not indifferent to the culture of past centuries and wants to fully experience the lifestyle of typical citizens.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Merida
♥   Catedral de San Juan Bautista, Badajoz, 55.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Merida
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Mérida' Badajoz, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of las Arguijuelas de Arriba' Extremadura, 47.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of las Seguras' Extremadura, 52.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Badajoz' Badajoz, 55.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Zafra' Badajoz, 55.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of la Encomienda' Badajoz, 57.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Salvaleón' Badajoz, 59.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Merida

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