If you are into seeing some history when you go away on your holiday, then going to Spain will certainly not disappoint you. As well as all of the architectural history you can see in places such as Madrid and Barcelona, there are also a lot of Roman ruins still standing. They are in excellent condition, and they are dotted around the country. With the moderately dry climate in Spain, a lot of the Roman Ruins are very well preserved, and you can explore these in various different places in the country. The Romans occupied Spain for around 700 years, so you can be assured that they definitely left their mark on this country and the evidence of which can still be seen today. If you are into your ancient history as well as having a great holiday, Spain could just be the place for you!
The Ruins of Italica
Italica was a Roman city which is located close to modern day Seville. If you decide to visit Italica you will be able to see one of the largest Amphitheatres in Europe, as well as some Roman houses. As with most Roman ruins around Europe, the surviving houses are adorned with beautiful mosaics on their floors, which were a way of showing off the wealth of the family that lived there. Italica is still an active archeological dig today, so new finds are still being made. This is one of Spain’s largest Roman sites and this ancient city was also the birthplace of the emperor, Hadrian. Some of the archeology has been moved to Seville as you will be able to see some of the beautiful mosaic floors at the Palace of the Countess of Lebrija. There is also the necropolis which is located in nearby Carmona where over 1000 Roman families are buried.
The City of Merida
Italica has the largest of the Roman ruins in Spain, but Merida has the most Roman ruins in Spain. The city was founded in 25 BC and here you will be able to see ruins which are still actively used to this day. The Puente Romano is a Roman bridge spanning the Guadiana River and is one of the longest surviving bridges of its kind. As well as the bridge you also have the Theatre and Amphitheatre which still gets used during festivals in the city. There are also other surviving ruins such as the aqueduct of Los Milagros, Alcazaba Fort and also the remains of a Roman Forum. There is also a dedicated museum in the city which displays Roman art. The city has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site which will also help to preserve these ruins for future generations.
If you decide to visit Toledo, then you will be able to see the city walls and also the Alcantara Bridge. This used to be the capital of Spain after the fall of the Roman Empire and before the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula. This city has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and has enjoyed this privilege since 1986. The City’s fortress stands on the site of the former Roman fortress, so there is not that much to see there. But, there is also another Roman bridge which is still being used today in the form of the Alcantara Bridge. You can also see the old city walls which date back to the time of the Romans, spread throughout the city, although these are not complete. There are still some ruins left of the Roman Circus, which was reported to be the biggest of its kind. You will need to use the power of your imagination to try and piece together what this would have looked like though.
If you visit Tarragona, then you will be able to see a splendid Aqueduct which is still standing today. This is the kind of technology that the Romans were very good at. Building practical structures which had a purpose and you can see many aqueducts surviving all over Europe. The aqueduct at Tarragona is called El Puente del Diablo, or the Devil’s Bridge. This is a few miles north of the city and is nestled in woodland making it very picturesque. There is also the Roman theatre which is located in the centre of town if you do not want to venture out as far as the aqueduct. There is some fascinating archaeology and history on display in Spain, and there is plenty for all of the history buffs to see and explore when they visit this beautiful country. So next time you want a cheap holiday abroad, try looking at historic Spain!
Ted Hunter is not only a keen traveller, but he also likes history. He loves to explore new locations and find out the history of the places that he visits. He was pleased to see that Travel Republic offers some of the cheapest holidays to Spain which allowed him to visit these wonderful sites.