Merida Spain: From Cordoba we took a 4 hour bus trip through pretty countryside with the famed white Andalusian villages dotted on the hill tops to Merida which was on the way to Lisbon our final destination.
The town, again founded by the Romans, has some interesting ruins including an ancient amphitheatre and viaduct that bought water to the town from the nearby mouintians.
Unfortunately most of the ancient ruins were closed due to the time of year we were there but we were still able to wander around and peer through the fences and get a general feel for what was to be seen.
Not that we were really concerned that most sights were closed as we had tons of work to do and we planned to spend our time in Merida catching up on some of it.
We did discover a real gem in our accommodation La Flor de al’Andalus, advertised as a hostel it was brilliant and so far from any other hostel I have ever stayed at before. In fact it was better than many hotels I have stayed in. Large private rooms, en-suite bathrooms, great wifi, and easy walk from the bus station and close to the centre of town.
We also came across a great little taps bar (name I’ve forgotten but it is on the road behind the main square) which later in the evening became packed with locals. I loved their croquettas and their cod.
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