Most certanily! The Roman Empire was one of the greatest in history, specially in cultural legacy. Back in 2nd century BC, the Romans made their first entered into Spain as a consequence for fighting over the hegemony over the western Mediterranean.
It was a very long and complex process for the Romans, starting with the East and South, moving forward to the West and ending with the North of Spain. It took 2 whole centuries for the Romans to take over Spain entirely, but finally Spain fell under the Roman Rule for about 700 years.
During this period the Iberian Peninsula was known under the name Hispania. Romans used to import all their customs and culture to the conquered territories looking to influence them, this process was known as the “Romanisation” that included economy, society, culture and religion. It’s no surprise then, that Spain has a very strong Roman influence nowadays; they embraced the culture and it was one of the most stable territories of the Roman Empire.
Prove of this huge cultural legacy in Spain are the magnificent aqueducts, like the Segovia one or amazing Roman bridges like the Alcantara and Merida ones, beautiful roadways and baths and imposing theatres and amphitheatres, among other.
Hispania territory was divided in 3 regions: Baetica, Lusitania and Tarraconensis. In general terms, Baetica was current Andalusia with the capital in Cordova; the second one included Extremadura and Alentejo (Portugal) with its capital in Merida; and Tarraconensis was mainly Cataluña and the rest of Spain, with its capital in Tarragona.
Augusta Emerita, current Merida city, was the capital of the Lusitania region and had a high relevance during the Roman Empire due to its strategic localization uniting Spain & Portugal and the north with south, the whole Iberian Peninsula.
This capital, will surprise you with many impressive Roman monuments and structures, that will make you feel in a little Rome. This is why the set of monuments of the entire city has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Not only in Merida but in different cities and towns of Extremadura you can feel the Roman atmosphere. Amazing architecture like bridges, theatres in the middle of nature, ancient Roman baths still in use, reservoirs and a lot of new discoveries is what you can expect from these lands. What we love about this region is their hidden treasures to enjoy in a very exclusive and slow way.
Although the visit is recommended during the whole year, if you are fond of theatre and Roman culture, we definitely recommend you to come to Extremadura in Summer, so you can enjoy Roman activities in real Roman places.
This is just a taste of it. If you want to discover this and more with us, stay tuned that we will share a travel itinerary to discover these cities as a first stop when we can leave our quarantine.