We visit it and tell you our experiences, schedules, prices, how to arrive and unique photos of the tour
The Villa Romana de Almenara-Puras, one of the best preserved sites of the time
It does not escape anyone that Spain is home to an extraordinary archeological heritage of the Roman presence after six centuries in our territory. We usually refer to the visually more spectacular legacy like that aqueduct of Segovia, those walls of Lugo, those amphitheaters of Tarragona or Merida or that Hercules Tower of A Coruña, among others. However, the country is dotted with remains that tell us many more details of everyday life and where great villas have been found among which some stand out especially. It is the case of the Villa Romana de Almenara-Puras, one of the most important that has come to this day and, after visiting it, I didn't want to stop reviewing our experience. (SOURCE: Extraordinary illustration of how it should have been by José Ramón Almeida Olmedo)
Counting the Almenara-Puras, 12 are the most significant villas who have agreed on a joint cooperation under the future Villas Romanas de Hispania brand (Fuente Álamo in Puente Genil-Córdoba, El Ruedo in Amedinilla-Córdoba, Arellano in Estella-Navarra, Carranque in Toledo, Centcelles or Els Munts near Tarragona, Fortunatus in Fraga-Huesca, Olmeda in Palencia, Veranes in Gijón, Villaricos in Mula-Murcia, Bruñel in Quesada-Jaén) although the Villa Romana de Almenara-Puras also stands out for developing in parallel the only monographic museum in Spain dedicated to the universe of these vestiges.
Museum of the Roman Villas (MVR), rebuilding the past
Promoted by the Diputación de Valladolid, finally In 2003, the first cultural-tourist center dedicated exclusively to the Roman Villas in Spain was inaugurated next to the ruins of the town, a museum of 1,800 m2 with all kinds of permanent exhibition halls to understand the legacy, as well as other dependencies (auditorium, shop, cafeteria, library, ...)
He museum is divided into 6 sections What are you going through as you go through your stays:
- A Roman villa and types of villas
- Economic activity in the villas
- Villas and nature
- The religion
- The brightness of the sunset
A explanatory video of about 20 minutes It is especially detailed to get into the context of what you will see next, in addition to multiple pieces of great value extracted during the years of the excavation itself
A scale model of what should have been a villa of this style especially stands out at the time of maximum splendor, it is believed to be a luxurious manor house from the fourth century inhabited until the fifth century
Inside the considered complex of the Museum of the Roman Villas has been built a recreation of the Roman House with eight themed spaces of what must have been the atmosphere of the moment. In high season there are dramatizations on Sundays at 12.30 in itALSO FOR THE LITTLE ONES:
Of course, the little ones have been thought of, creating an area where they can learn in a fun way with different activities and elements to interact as a peristyle, an Aqueduct, the Arena, a Construction Area and Roman Town and the Ruined Temple to swing
It was time to put on the "archaeologist suit" to enter the site from which everything was born
The Roman Villa of Almenara-Puras, our experience
I must admit that as I left this room I knew I had to write this article. We are facing one of the best examples of Roman villa and best preserved that exist in Spain with more than 400 m2 of impressive mosaics that have managed to survive until our times and that are now accessible thanks to an elevated walkway that "completely flies over" a closed enclosure, even in its upper part, to avoid the inclement weather (in fact it was raining today and we have visited it without problems).
The route, one-way, goes through the two courtyards and the more than 30 rooms of the house dating from S.IV. Actually, after the studies of some found hot springs, it is now believed in the existence of a previous III century house, of smaller dimensions.
There is no doubt that, although these types of villas were second homes on other occasions, in this case it must have belonged to a wealthy family who used it as usual housing. This hypothesis is extracted from its distribution, the wall frescoes or the impressive mosaics of different qualities. What do you think of the call pegasus mosaic? A mythological scene of the winged horse Pegasus in what should have been a main hall or library
The distribution of the deposit distinguishes three distinct zones that go from the central patio (in which the rooms are distributed), a set around a presitilo and the hot springs, to the west, which gave an idea of the importance that the owner should have had
The elevated walkway returns through the center of the site giving rise to an area that seems to be the dining room, which is extracted again from the work of art on its floor, the so-called Mosaic of the guest dining room crater.
A curious thing is to see a partial localized deterioration in certain mosaics like the previous one. This is due to bonfires that were made to heat the kitchen or other rooms but not from the times in which it was inhabited but possibly from later occupations of pastors since the villa was completely abandoned in the S.V. until in 1887 a mosaic would be accidentally discovered. Today the entire Roman Villa of Almenara-Puras is of Cultural Interest according to the Spanish Historical Heritage Law.
More information of interest to complete your visit
How to get to the Museum of the Roman Villas and Villa Romana de Almenara-Puras?
The complex is on the N-601 Valladolid-Adanero Highway at Km 137. It is located about 55 km - 50 minutes from the capital of Pucelana
In case of coming from Madrid or nearby cities on the A6, the exit would be that of Km 108. From Madrid you can arrive in just over 1 hour and 30 minutes
What schedules and prices does the visit have?
During the low season (October 1 to March 30) schedules go from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and holidays. In high season (April 1 to September 30) would be from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday and holidays. It closes the month of January and the dates 24, 25 and 31 of December. Confirm them in the official website of the Province of Valladolid.
The prices They are VERY affordable going from 3 EUR per adult at 1.80 EUR the groups of university students. Children under 12 do not pay. There are joint entrances with the Mudéjar de Olmedo Theme Park and the Palace of the Knight of Olmedo
Any other proposal for the area of interest?
For us a perfect getaway proposal would be to do it within one of the "Valladolid Wine Routes"that combines wine tourism, experiences, gastronomy and culture. For example, what would you like to visit the town of Olmedo, called in the Medieval Age as the" Villa of the Seven Seven "or the historic Medina del Campo, combine the Roman Villa of Almenara-Puras with the Mudéjar de Olmedo Theme Park or the Palace of the Knight of Olmedo or perhaps with the La Mota Castle or Coca, enjoy an experience visiting some wineries or the landscape of the area, taste a good lamb, suckling pig or rabbit with garlic and end the day doing thermal tourism? All this is possible without leaving more than 20 km.
Where to eat near here?
Some of the most recommended options that you should evaluate if you want to eat in the area are:
Steakhouse The Knight of OlmedoIn the nearby town of Olmedo there is a restaurant framed in the old Convent of San Francisco, within the wall of the town and which has its own cellar.
Campo Eliseo Winery, an 18th-century manor house 15 minutes away in La Seca where, in addition to enjoying a unique experience, you can enjoy an informal snack, a traditional menu or Castilian lamb menu. You need an appointment
Rincon Mudejar, restaurant in the center of Olmedo with very cheap menus during the week and one of the best cuisines (plus variety) to taste the Castilian cuisine
If you prefer to do the rest of the day in Valladolid capital, do not forget to read our tapas route through Valladolid Because the options are endless.
Where to sleep near here?
The recommendations that we would make to you, including an entire experience, would be:Castile Thermal Spa of Olmedo in Olmedo, a renovated 12th-century convent that has turned the thermal mineral waters into its spa complex, ideal for finishing a day of visits to the area.
ATH La Mota in Medina del Campo, with good value for money to staySOME EXTRA CURIOSITY:
Did you know that when excavating the Roman villa, evidence was found (set of ceramics, bowls and broken glass but handmade) of what should have been a prehistoric settlement of the I Iron Age
Do you understand now the reason that led us to write this review? Do not you find it exciting everything related to Roman villas in Spain and, in particular, the visit to the Museum of Roman Villas and Villa Romana de Almenara-Puras? We hope you liked it as much as we did
Isaac, from the Roman Villa of Almenara-Puras (Valladolid)