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Plaza de España

In the heart of Mérida's historical center is its medieval square. Relax in the restaurants and visit centuries-old buildings that surround this attractive plaza.

The Plaza de España has been a central feature of life in Mérida since medieval times. Over the years, it has hosted bullfights, festivals, markets, games, processions and executions. Today, come to the pretty square for a stroll and some relaxation as you watch passersby enjoying sunny days.

Start with a walk around the plaza's perimeter to admire the many attractive buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries, including City Hall. Stop at the Palace of the Vera Mendoza, noted for its Gothic and classical Baroque façade. The building, which is now a hotel, dates back to the 15th century. Stroll to the China Palace, another smart-looking edifice. A textile trader constructed it in 1928 to house a department store.

Visit the Co-cathedral of Santa María to view its multiple naves and centuries-old religious art, including magnificent carved altarpieces. This place of worship is of medieval origin and is a mix of architectural styles, including Gothic. Once you are back out on the square, go to the neo-Baroque marble fountain, a 19th-century addition. This elegant water feature is decorated with figures of Cupids blowing on horns while sitting on fish.

After checking out the sights in and around the square, relax with a drink or a meal. Select from refreshment kiosks as well as cafés and restaurants under the arcades.

One of the square’s greatest features is its proximity to Mérida’s most prominent attractions, many of which are within a short walking distance. Upon leaving the plaza, visit the 9th-century Alcazaba, the Arco de Trajano, the Temple of Diana and the National Museum of Roman Art. Take a pleasant walk across the modern Puente de Lusitania or the Puente Romano, a 2,000-year-old Roman bridge.

Reach the Plaza de España very easily on foot or by public transportation, taxi or car. Pay to park in one of the nearby garages.


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Lodging Near Plaza de Espana

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$47
Hotel Vettonia

Hotel Vettonia

Calderón De La Barca, 26, Merida
4.2
of 5, from 40 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Merida Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Roman Theatre and Casa de Mitreo. Temple of Diana and Amphitheatre of Merida are also within 10 minutes.

$73
Hotel Ilunion Mérida Palace

Hotel Ilunion Mérida Palace

Plaza Espana, 19, Merida
4.2
of 5, from 233 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Merida Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Museum of Visigothic Art, Plaza de Espana, and Arco de Trajano. Temple of Diana and Archaeological area of Moreria are also within 5 minutes.

$41
Hotel Zeus

Hotel Zeus

Avenida Reina Sofia, 8, Merida
3.6
of 5, from 95 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Merida Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roman Theatre, Plaza de Espana, and Temple of Diana. National Museum of Roman Art and Don Tello Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$76
Parador de Mérida

Parador de Mérida

C/Almendralejo, 56, Merida
4.0
of 5, from 107 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Merida Old Town, this hotel is steps from Arco de Trajano and Museum of Visigothic Art. Archaeological area of Moreria and Plaza de Espana are also within 5 minutes.

$63
TRYP Mérida Medea Hotel

TRYP Mérida Medea Hotel

Av De Portugal S/n, Merida
4.1
of 5, from 216 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bellavista, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza de Espana, Puente Romano, and Alcazaba. Archaeological area of Moreria and Temple of Diana are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hostal Las Abadias

Hostal Las Abadias

Ronda De Los Emeritos s/n, Merida
3.9
of 5, from 50 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Merida, this hostal is within a 15-minute walk of Acueducto de los Milagros and Pancaliente Mill. Puente Lusitania and Archaeological area of Moreria are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Nova Roma

Nova Roma

Suarez Somonte 42, Merida
4.5
of 5, from 6 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Merida Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Portico del Foro, Roman Theatre, and Temple of Diana. National Museum of Roman Art and Plaza de Espana are also within 10 minutes.

Tíbula City Apartamento Turistico

Tíbula City Apartamento Turistico

Francisco de Orellana,13, Merida
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Distrito 6, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza de Espana and Puente Romano. Alcazaba and Museum of Visigothic Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).