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SiberianEmo
Omsk, Russia118 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Merida's Alcazaba was the first of its type built by Moors in Spain. It is dated from the mid-9th century. Roman and Visigoth materials were also used to construct it.

Alcazaba could be visited on the combined Merida's monuments ticket (other monuments include Amphitheater, Roman Theater, Circus, crypt of St. Eulalia basilica (the basilica itself is not included), Case de Mitreo, Diana's Temple, and Archeological Area).

Alcazaba is opened until 6.30, but perhaps better to go early since it tends to get hot in the late afternoons and there is not much shade at the Alcazaba.

Alcazaba itself is mostly open space. You are able to climb the wall that overlooks Roman Bridge and the Guadiana River. There is also an old cistern and remnants of the Roman villa. At a leisurely pace, you will be able to see all of the sites in about an hour.

I give it a high rating due to its historical value and my penchant for these types of buildings. People who do not enjoy forts/castles/ruins might find this place boring. However, everything in Merida is within walking distance, so Alcazaba should not be overlooked.
Written September 17, 2022
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,695 contributions
Feb 2019
Built in 835 during the Arab rule. Long walls - 10 metres high and almost 3 metres thick. 25 towers. Inside the alcazaba there's also an old rainwater tank. Interesting visit. There's also good view to Puente Romano from the walls and actually it is accessed through the gate close to the bridge.
Written January 5, 2020
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Krishnajina
Greenview, CA129 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
The Roman bridge into town leads you directly there. Walls to climb (by stairs), parapet to walk and a vaulted subterranean passageway to the ancient water supply - a not-so hidden gem but dark and colon a hot day. This is a sight worth seeing. Package ticket available. Restrooms present. Beautiful views of the town and the river and the Roman bridge. Multi-language info boards - English included.
Written August 21, 2014
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alanb
Lewes, UK472 contributions
Feb 2020
On the edge of town this is worth a visit just for going down to see the old water cistern. There is sufficient information to give you a good idea of what life was like when it was inhabited. The view of the Roman bridge from the walls is very impressive.
Written March 9, 2020
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The Old Chief
Tavira, Portugal206 contributions
Feb 2020
Unlike most of the Roman Ruins the Moorish site is not as well preserved. The overall structure is very impressive, but the details are not too well defined.
Written February 24, 2020
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Helene Christin... P
Truro, UK302 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Interesting for a quick visit but it was very hot when I went. Worth climbing up on top of the walls to get a view of the river and surrounding area. It is still being excavated, so lots of ongoing work. Go down the steep steps to the underground can send and see the goldfish in the water. Pity they don't have a cafe as a cold drink would have prolonged my visit.
Written June 28, 2019
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Dave451
Andalucia, Spain79 contributions
Oct 2020
As with many of the historical sites, well worth the visit, entrance is included in the 16 euro multi-ticket that gets you into most of the sites in Merdida.
Written October 19, 2020
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,296 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Worth an early morning visit. Admission is free if you have bought the combined ticket for all archeological sites. Be sure to ask for your senior or youth discount. All signs are in English and Spanish. Look for my reviews of other sites in Merida as well as for other cities in Spain, and Lisbon, London, and cities in South America, New Zealand and Australia, Southeast Asia, and South America. If this is a helpful review, please consider giving me a like.
Written June 4, 2019
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Sandra L
Warwick, Australia453 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Although really just the walls & cistern, somehow the history of the place is right there.
Could have camped in the Cistern as 38C in the shade outside. Impressive structure with work still in progress.
Written June 22, 2018
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winwander
Brisbane, Australia81 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
There is not much left of the Alcazabar but there are some outstanding high vantage points which offer terrific views of the Roman bridge so worth visiting just for those photos!
Written July 7, 2017
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