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        About Mérida

        Mérida is a city in the western part of central Spain and belongs to the province of Extremadura. Two important rivers, the Guadiana and the Albarregas flow through the city. These two rivers played an important role in the founding of the city, whose beginnings date back more than 2000 years.

        If you have decided to take a road trip through the Estremadura, Merida is one of the places to see. It is considered the heart of ancient Spain, where you will find a variety of remains from the Roman era, Gothic buildings, Roman walls, temples, monuments, as well as beautiful nature, mountains, rivers, forests, and, of course, excellent cuisine.

        In addition to the Roman sites already mentioned, which are spread all over the city, you can also visit many museums here, which have a rich collection of exhibits worth seeing. Moreover, the city hosts various festivals throughout the year, offering visitors a variety of cultural and entertainment content that evokes the unique atmosphere of this still vibrant Roman city. One of the most interesting things is that the Roman remains are very well preserved. For example, the Roman Theater, which was built more than 2000 years ago, is still in use today and every year a theatre festival is held here where this ancient Roman theatre is one of the central venues.

        So if you have rented a car and are heading out to explore Spain, Merida is one of the places worth visiting. You will get to see a different, new face of Spain that you have not seen elsewhere.

        Basic info and car hire in Mérida

        • Location: Central  Spain
        • Population: 59,352
        • Official language: Spanish
        • Currency: Euro
        • Weather:   Mediterranean climate
        • Holidays in Mérida: Find more information about public holidays in Spain here.
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Mérida are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Mérida:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Mérida is Mérida downtown. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Mérida!

         Driving in Mérida

        To drive a car in Mérida you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. In Mérida, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.

        It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere.

         One thing: for those not used to roundabouts: There are a lot of them in Spain! And the following rules apply: The driver who is already in the roundabout has the right of way unless there is a traffic light at the roundabout that regulates the flow of traffic. Before leaving the roundabout, you should put on your right turn signal to indicate that you are leaving the roundabout.

        If you are caught speeding in Mérida, the Spanish police act very quickly, and lack of Spanish is not considered an excuse. The police do not mind that you are a tourist on holiday, and fines are often issued immediately unless you can prove that you are a permanent resident in Spain. If you receive a fine, make sure the officer gives you an official receipt and if you pay immediately, the fine is usually reduced by 20%.

        The Spanish law on the use of indicators on motorways is strictly enforced. You risk a fine if you fail to signal before overtaking and after overtaking if you move back into the adjacent lane. Traffic coming from the left always has the right of way. If you see a solid white line in the middle of the road, do not cross it. Continue until you either see a dotted white line or look for a sign that says "Cambio de Sentido" where you can safely and legally turn around.

        • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee. 
        • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.  
        • Additional papers:   Identification(passport), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
        • Additional requirements:  Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
        • Children in the car:  If you are traveling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
        • Driving side of the road: Right
        • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
        • General speed limits:  The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
        • Parking suggestions:  Parking is prohibited in Spain in all areas where the curbs are marked yellow. The parking spaces marked in blue usually have a parking meter and you must buy a parking ticket to park in these spaces. You will usually find a machine nearby where you can purchase your parking ticket. Most of these blue areas have a parking limit of 2 hours, but this is displayed on the machine.

        Car Hire in Mérida

        Most popular car hire at Mérida

        The most selected hire car in Mérida is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Mérida are mini, economy, and compact.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Mérida

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Mérida. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.

        • Mérida-Caceres (73km with approximately  1 hour of drive)
        • Mérida-Trujillo (46km with approximately  35 minutes of drive)

        • Mérida-Guadalupe (123km with approximately  1,5-2 hours of drive)

        • Mérida-Lisbon (315km with approximately  3-3,5 hours of drive)

        What to see in Mérida

        The museum of Roman Art

        Museo Nacional de Arte Romano or the National Museum of Roman art is a tribute to Roman ingenuity and achievement. The museum itself offers a very attractive appearance that is a blend of ancient and modern. Inside, you can expect to see an impressive collection of Roman remains from the wider area. Apart from tools and accessories, there are also works of art such as various sculptures and paintings on display. 

        Acueducto de los Milagros - The miraculous aqueduct of Mérida

        Undoubtedly, the 850-meter long and 25-meter high aqueduct is one of the highlights of human civilization in Roman times. It is a sight you must see. It is on the list of sacred heritage and at the time of its construction it represented a technological and architectural surplus and, of course, a step towards the modern world in terms of water supply.

        The Roman Theater

        One of the architectural marvels of the Romans is also located in the city center and is still actively used today. Every year a theatre festival is held here, showcasing performances from all over the world. The theatre is very well preserved and part of it has even been restored as it started to sink into the ground throughout history, but at the beginning of the 20th century, it was protected and restored with the right approach so that it can be seen by tourists today. 

        The Puente Romano bridge

        The bridge itself is interesting mainly because it is considered to be the oldest bridge still in existence from ancient times. Today, the bridge is open to pedestrians and offers beautiful views of the countryside and the river that flows under it. At the same time, it is also considered a very popular photo motif, as most of the photos on Merida's social networks appear directly from this bridge.

        Roman Circus in Merida

        Originally, it was mainly used as a venue for chariot races. However, its use was later expanded. Among other things, it was the site of sea games. It is considered one of the best-preserved circuses from the Roman period. There is still a preserved place for chariots, entrances for the competitors, and stands for the spectators, divided into both seats and stands.

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          Explore Spain 

          Drive your rental car beyond Mérida

          If you have decided to take a road trip through Extremadura, then you have decided to explore the heart of ancient Spain. It offers you something completely different from what other parts of Spain have to offer. Besides the beautiful sites from the Ancient Period, the magnificent nature that surrounds this landscape, and the very rich cultural offer at your disposal, we must not forget the excellent cuisine of Extremadura.

          One of the places you must visit is Cáceres. This medieval town will lull you into the past and the winding streets that wind through the town from square to square, taking you to various temples, shrines and small churches are certainly one of the gems of this beautiful landscape.

          If you have rented a car and are driving through the country, you should also make a stop in the city of Trujillo. Again, this is a medieval city full of perfectly preserved churches and other buildings, and especially the castle that sits on a hill in the city and offers truly magnificent views of the city and its surroundings, while also housing a rich museum collection. closer to the history of this magical city.

          The next point you should not miss is Guadalupe. It is one of the most popular destinations in Spain. It is most notable for its medieval monastery, which is located in the city center and is perfectly preserved and popular with tourists from all over the world. The town is small and very well maintained, so you will be impressed with both parking in the town and walking and sightseeing.

          Also visit the town of Zafra, which many also call Little Seville. It is most notable for its remarkable 15th-century fortress, which can be visited all year round, and at the same time, the town is full of small restaurants with excellent food or just tapas bars where you can relax and refuel for more drives through the countryside...

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          Enjoy the culture in Mérida

          Where to eat, drink, and party in Mérida

          The city is chiefly noted for the special preparation of Iberian pork and mutton. The cuisine is very different from that in other parts of Spain. Most dishes are prepared in large pots and served with excellent local bread, which is considered one of the specialties. The main ingredients of Extremadura cuisine are pork, mutton, garlic, anise, paprika, bay leaves, pennyroyal ...

          Portugal also has an influence on the cuisine in this part of Spain and so it is no wonder that excellent wine is also grown in the region. As in many parts of Spain, the main oil used is olive oil, which is of the highest quality and adds a special flavor to the dishes.

          We must not forget to mention the excellent cheeses produced in this region. Sheep's milk cheese in particular is produced here, but also goat's and cow's milk cheeses of the highest quality, which taste great with a glass of local wine, olives, and ham.

          As in other parts of Spain, you will also find special desserts that are a trademark of this region. The main ingredients of these desserts are local cereals, fruits, honey, and also olive oil.

        Best restaurants in Mérida:


        NATURA GastroArt

        Capriccio Italiano

        El Puchero de la Nieta

        Sybarit Gastroshop

        Restaurante Rex Numitor


        What you need to know about renting a car

        How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change your booking you have made through Orbit Car Hire please contact our customer support team at customerservice@orbitcarhire.com or by phone at +354 823 0165. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

        • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
        • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

        How do I find cheap car hire?

        Prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Alicante!

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add an additional driver to my booking?

        You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted

        You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

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