Honestly, we’d heard really mixed things about the city of Campeche before we visited & whilst some of them were true & it is quite touristy we still really enjoyed our time there.
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There’s a ton of history to the city & we felt that the impressive fortified walls just spoke that history right to us! From the Spanish invasion to the numerous attacks by pirates, the city has seen all sorts.
There are lots of museums & galleries in town detailing the city’s complex background. We especially loved the Museum of Mayan Architecture which is located at Baluarte de la Soledad, it’s quite small & we got around it in about 1 1/2 hours but in that time we got a lot of insight into the Mayan empire & the methods the Maya used to build it.
We also scaled the city by entering the pirate museum at Avenida Baluartes, it was a great way to get up & see it all! It was quite an adventure walking along the walls & looking out at each baluarte & made us think back to the days of pirates invading.
Campeche is an UNESCO world heritage site & has been beautifully restored.
So much so that some of the buildings are almost fairy tale like! We really enjoyed just wandering around from plaza to plaza & just taking it all in!
The most impressive building for us was the Catedral de Campeche, a striking structure that looms right over the main plaza. The main plaza itself is also a lovely place to sit & watch the world go by, complete with old-fashioned & still active shoe shine stands & a bandstand!
Campeche has various forms of evening entertainment, all of which are normally held in the main plaza & most of which take place over the weekend.
Whilst we were there a band played one evening & on another evening we were treated to a spectacular show on the history of the Yucatan! The film was great & was projected right onto the front of the huge arch fronted library complete with colourful lights & dramatic music. The whole thing was very captivating & we would highly recommend going to see this!
There is a great choice of food in Campeche, Mexican & international with al fresco dining along Calle 59 (aka Calle Antes América). All of the restaurants have their seating outside with candlelight on this particular Calle making it a very romantic dining experience.
We treated ourselves here & ate dinner at a lovely Argentinian steak house called Bavit We also couldn’t resist trying a place that was recommended to us called Chocol Ha & were not at all disappointed with their yummy milkshakes, made with real Mexican chocolate!
The Chilled Vibe
For a city Campeche, although a little busy had a really laid back feel. We always think it’s nice to go somewhere you can amble around & just chat with the locals when you have been travelling around a lot & engaging in lots of activity.
The Malecon was the perfect place to chill for a few hours, a 7km long water front promenade complete with a colourful city sign & stunning sunsets. We loved our evening strolls here!
Our Campeche Experience Wrapped Up
How long we stayed: 4 nights.
Our Money Saving Tip: Head out of the city walls & over to the market for fresh produce & some great Mexican street food.
Our Highlight: The history of the Yucatan film.
All in all we would say that if you would like a few chilled days of history & culture then Campeche should definitely be part of your Yucatan itinerary.