Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula is definitely a place with a great cultural and social offer. It has been chosen as the American Capital of Culture for the year 2017, so, the visitors may expect even more than the usual when it comes to events and activities. This destination has everything that might attract the attention of a tourist; amazing history, delicious food, unique style and solid entertainment. It is the capital of the state of Yucatan and one of the most important cities of Southeastern Mexico. Make sure to pack your bags and plan a trip to this amazing tropical location.
Iglesia de Jesus
This Jesuit church from the 17th century is the remnant of a much bigger historical complex, also made of ancient Mayan temple’s stones.
Catedral de San Ildefonso
The majestic cathedral was built on the site of a former Mayan temple, using some of its stones. It is a lovely example of Renaissance architecture and one of the famous historical sites in the area.
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
This museum is dedicated to the Mayan history and culture and is a great starting point for those who would like to dive into some serious exploration of the local heritage. The artifacts are truly numerous and the offered knowledge rewarding.
Casa de Montejo
The lovely mansion served as the house of the Montejo family since 1549. Nowadays, it is a museum featuring Victorian, rococo and renaissance- style furnishings.
Plaza Grande is considered to be among the prettiest in the country, a wonderful place for strolling, enjoying the shade of the trees and observing people.
Teatro Peon Contreras
The amazing building of the theater, built in the early 20th century is a breathtaking place, as well as a musical delight since the famous Yucatan Symphony Orchestra often performs there.
Parque Santa Lucia
This charming Parque is a home to many distinguished local restaurants as well as the spot for free concerts.
Lo Que Hay Cafe
If you happen to be a vegetarian or a vegan, this is a place for you. Lo Que Hay Cafe serves vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as international food.
La Chaya Maya
This is the place for all the travelers who would like to try some authentic Yucatan cuisine and enjoy specialties like achiote seeds marinated pork or cochinita pibil. The atmosphere of the restaurant is a real treat since it is located in the city’s historical center.
Great traditional Mexican food is often served on street kiosks. It might not be as fancy as visiting a classy restaurant, but it is as much a part of the local culture. Wayan’e is one of the locals’ favorites, so make sure to enjoy some street food as well.