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Merida: Roman Theater and Amphitheater Guided Tour

1. Merida: Roman Theater and Amphitheater Guided Tour

For the Empire, keeping Roman citizens happy was essential, which is why they gave a lot of importance to show buildings. In the case of Augusta Emerita, the capital of Lusitania, there was no exception. To demonstrate it, our tour begins in the Margarita Xirgu square, where the theater and amphitheater are located. The visit will begin by accessing the Roman Theater and Amphitheater (inside) . In the first place, we will enter through the "vomitorium" to access the cavea/stand to find out how the spectators were distributed according to their social rank. Another of the outstanding parts in this building is the "orchestra", where the choir was placed, in addition to the stage, the place where the performances took place. Behind the stage, the majestic scenic front rises, the most recognizable symbol of the city of Mérida. We cannot forget the International Classical Theater Festival that is currently taking place in this building, telling how it came about and to whom it is due. Next to the theater, we will also visit the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, which, although it does not resemble the Colosseum in Rome in size, has nothing to envy it, since the well-known gladiator fights also took place here. We will access the amphitheater arena to get an idea of how those gladiator fights, so important and acclaimed by the citizens of the colony, took place. The fight between these gladiators gained more popularity when wild beasts were added to them.

Cáceres: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

2. Cáceres: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

Join a certified guide on a walking tour of Cáceres, with entry to iconic landmarks such as the Carvajal Palace and the House of the Becerra included. Discover a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses, and palaces. Begin your tour in the main square of Playa Mayor. Cross the Arab walls through the distinctive Arco de la Estrella and, little by little, leave behind the time of the chivalrous wars of the Middle Ages to enter a historic center populated with Renaissance manor houses. Reach the heart of the city, the Plaza de Santa Maria, flanked by symbols of local religious power – the Episcopal Palace and the Co-Cathedral of Santa Maria – from which the square got its name. Admire its Gothic masonry and Romanesque remains from a previous construction.  Around the Roman Catholic church, see the palaces of the ancestral lineages of Cáceres, including those of the Obando, Blázquez-Mayoralgo, Golfín, and Carvajal. You can enter the Carvajal Palace and the House of the Becerra family (Mercedes Calles-Carlos Ballestero Foundation) if they're open. Next, follow your guide to the center of the old city, the square dedicated to the patron saint of Cáceres, St George, with the imposing church of San Francisco Javier and its attached school. Along with the Jesuit legacy of both buildings, marvel at the private collection of Mercedes Calles. Conclude your visit in front of the Palacio de las Veletas, the site of the Cáceres Museum which houses the most precious pearl in the city, the Andalusian cistern. learn about this historic building and the largest medieval water tank on the Iberian Peninsula.

Merida: City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Merida: City Highlights Walking Tour

Our first stop will be the Puerta de la Villa, where we will take the opportunity to present this city historically at the point where one of its four monumental gates was and thus be able to contextualize what we are going to discover during this complete route. We will begin by moving towards the Plaza de España, where the Co-Cathedral of Santa María la Mayor is located . This temple will allow us to approach the period in which Mérida was reconquered by the troops of Alfonso IX in 1230. From there we will go to the archaeological complex of Morerías (Entrance included) where we will find the longest section of wall preserved today and where the manifestation of the passage of different civilizations is latent, providing important information about the urban change at that point in the city. We will continue along the banks of the Guadiana until we reach the Arab Alcazaba (Entrance included) admiring along the way the wonderful two-thousand-year-old Roman Bridge , the longest in the Iberian Peninsula. From inside the Alcazaba we will be able to see the remains of the walls in addition to the Arab wall itself , we will also descend to the cistern , one of the best preserved in the Iberian Peninsula. Currently we can observe the excavation work, which is carried out in this enclosure, bringing to light an important sample of a Roman villa. Once again we will return to the center of the city to contemplate the vestiges of the Roman forum: the Temple of Diana and the Portico of the Forum, powerful samples of the splendor of Augusta Emerita. Next, we will enter the Casa del Amphitheater (admission included) , where we will observe some traces of the wall and mosaics with different themes . You will also have the opportunity to see what was a Roman necropolis . Look out for the peculiar mausoleums! The visit will end in the complex formed by the Roman Theater and Amphitheater (admission included) , monumental symbols of the capital of Extremadura. We will learn what those gladiator fights were like in the amphitheater, culminating in the theater admiring its majestic stage front.

Merida: Guiding Walking Tour with Theater and Amphitheatre

4. Merida: Guiding Walking Tour with Theater and Amphitheatre

We will meet in the Margarita Xirgu square, the meeting point for this tour. We will begin by accessing the venue of the Roman Theater and Amphitheater (inside) , knowing the importance that the entertainment buildings had for Roman society. We continue the tour, always accompanied by our official local guide, who will reveal the mystery of the "headless" statues of the Portico of the Forum , and we will marvel at the spectacular Temple of Diana . Later we will visit the Santiaguista Convent , the current headquarters of the Presidency of the Junta de Extremadura. Bordering the Arab Alcazaba , we reached the Guadiana river, where we finished the tour admiring the exteriors of the Alcazaba, the Capitoline Wolf , the Roman Wall and the Roman Bridge , the longest in the Iberian Peninsula.

Cáceres: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Cáceres: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

We will start the tour from the Activa Tours office, at Plaza Mayor number 38, Cáceres, a large space presided over by three magnificent towers known as: the Torre de la Hierba, the Torre de los Púlpitos and the Torre de Bujaco (inside); We will access the latter to discover the history of Cáceres, since it has a museum inside. In addition, we will be able to go up to the viewpoint to enjoy beautiful views of the Plaza Mayor. We will continue towards the Arco de la Estrella, access point to the medieval part, we will arrive at the Plaza de Santa Maria, presided over by the spectacular Co-Cathedral of Santa María (inside), a sample of various styles developed in this city, such as the Romanesque, Gothic or Mudejar. In this square we can also discover the Palacio de los Golfines de Bajo, noted for its s. XVI, Plateresque style. Palace where the Catholic Monarchs stayed when they visited the city. We will continue towards the Plaza de San Jorge, where the Church of San Francisco Javier (inside) rises, a prominent icon in the city due to its two white towers. We will access the interior, to be able to admire the canvas of the s. XVIII with images of San Francisco Javier in the main altarpiece. We will also access the Provincial Museum of Cáceres (inside), where we will go down to the beautiful Arab cistern inside We will cross the old Jewish quarter through the Plaza de las Veletas, until we reach the tower of the Baluarte de los Pozos; defensive tower from the Arab period, part of the Almohad fortress that the city once had. Finally, we will visit the Los Balbos Forum and the Town Hall. We will culminate this tour with a tasting of typical products of the area, enjoying a selected sample of local gastronomy.

Trujillo: Medieval and Renaissance History Walking Tour

6. Trujillo: Medieval and Renaissance History Walking Tour

We will begin our visit in the Plaza Mayor of Trujillo, one of the most beautiful in Spain. In this central place in the municipality of Cáceres we will observe the famous equestrian sculpture of the conqueror of the Inca Empire, present-day Peru: Francisco de Pizarro. We will also contemplate the Renaissance architecture of its beautiful palaces and the Church of San Martín de Tours, palaces such as the Duke of San Carlos and the Marquesado de la Conquista among others. The route through Trujillo will continue heading towards the Palace of Juan Orellana Pizarro through the Cañón de la Cárcel and we leave the Plaza Mayor behind. We will continue towards the Plaza de los Descalzos and "La Alberca", a cistern dating from the 10th century. We will continue the tour through the narrow streets of the old town of Trujillo, an area of great monumental heritage due to the concentration of various houses of hidalgos who left for the New World in search of fame, honor and fortune. We headed to the highest area of the city where the church of Santa María La Mayor was built on top of an old mosque. We will arrive at the viewpoint of the nuns where we can see the Trujillo Alcazaba, dated as the second oldest in Europe. And we will finish in the Plaza Mayor, where we began the visit.

Merida: Legends and Mysteries Night Tour

7. Merida: Legends and Mysteries Night Tour

The tour begins at the roundabout of the Méridas del Mundo, continues at the door of the Arab Alcazaba and descends towards the Guadiana river, to then visit the outskirts of the archaeological zone of Morerías, the Assembly of Extremadura (former San Juan de Dios hospital ), some ancient convents and mysterious temples to end in the magical convent of Jesús Nazareno. On this route you will meet the feared worewolves, you will learn to defend yourself from hidden forces just as the ancient Romans did, you will discover enigmatic ancient tombs, you will contemplate spectral ghostly figures and you will hear, first-hand and from within its walls, the supernatural experiences occurred in an old convent... Do not miss the opportunity to discover the hidden face of Mérida. Because when the night falls, the myths wake up.

Marble Tour in Vila Viçosa

8. Marble Tour in Vila Viçosa

The tour starts at the center of Vila Viçosa, the Portuguese Marble Capital. It's one of the most stunning villages in the country and marble can be found everywhere. Join our local guide who will introduce you to the entire marble world: from the ground selection strategies to an outstanding variety of final art pieces that can be seen everywhere you look. At our headquarters you’ll be given an introduction to the marble world at the Marble Interpretive Center, where geology, geography and history will be thematics. Here you will also have a clear idea how important the marble industry is for the local community, not just from the economical point of view, but also, and mainly from the social perspective. After, while heading to the industry, learn also why there is such an unforgettable and unique landscape totally shaped by the opening of the marble quarries through the centuries. It’s time to absorb all the beauty of this very unique landscape. Next is time to explore and enjoy the marble industry sites with a visit to a few quarries where you will see the marble extraction taking place and identify the machinery used but also the dangerousness associated with it. Once marble isn't ready to be applied right after the extraction, you will also visit a factory where the marble will get the final shapes before being applied or sent to the market to be sold. Last but not least, as marble can be the perfect material to give shape to an art masterpiece, be sure to visit artisans workshops to watch the handmade shaping of the marble while being stunned by some really overwhelming marble art masterpieces. The different colours ors of Portugueses marble have been appreciated since the Romans were the rulers of the Iberian Peninsula, and since then the Alentejo marble was used and exported to the whole world mainly from the quarries of this small but cozy town called Vila Viçosa.

Merida: Haunted Walking Tour

9. Merida: Haunted Walking Tour

On this spectral route you will travel back in time and meet lemurs and larvae, the ghosts that terrified the ancient Romans. You'll see that haunted houses inhabited by restless spirits were known before the age of movies, and you'll hear these ghostly stories as you wander past Roman tombs, illuminated temples, and ancient statues. You will discover how to summon the furious dead and how to defend yourself against them, you will be surprised by the ancient curses and you will know the gods of the underworld and the secret entrances to hell. Delve with us into the Beyond of our ancestors, immerse yourself in the funeral rites and supernatural beliefs of the ancient Romans and see that, after all, they were not so different from us. Not even when they were dead.

Trujillo: City Highlights Private Tour

10. Trujillo: City Highlights Private Tour

We will start the visit by talking about the history of the most emblematic cities in Spain. We will get acquainted with the history of his illustrious sons, Palacios, titles of the palaces. We will travel back in time walking through the cobbled streets that are located within the medieval wall of the town. Discovering the different historical stages through which the city has passed and focusing on monuments from the Middle Ages as outstanding as the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor. After the intramural route, we will cross La Puerta de Santiago, the main access gate to the city at the time. We will go to one of the viewpoints to contemplate the Trujillo berrocal, one of the most representative natural environments in the province of Cáceres. We will continue the walk through the narrow alleys of Trujillo and finally we will see the alcazaba-castillo, a fortress built between the 10th and 11th centuries that dominates the nearby plains. We will return to the square where we began the visit.

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What people are saying about Extremadura, Spain

It has been an interesting visit, at first they told us a little about the marble deposits that Portugal has and then we went to visit the quarries where it is extracted. It's been an interesting morning. That if, if it is the middle of August, it is advisable not to take central hours of the day since the sun falls very strong.

A little difficult to find the meeting place, but once we were there we were met by a very nice local guide. She told us about the marble varieties and showed us around the marble workshop and in the open pits. Very interesting!

A very good welcome by passionate people A theoretical explanation on the subject followed by a visit to one of the marble quarry sites, impressive in scope and discovery, an essential step

Pleasant welcome, very nice and very professional guides. very interesting visit