Campeche was one of the many colourful towns we have fallen in love with in Mexico. We spent a few days there strolling by the sea, hanging out in the picturesque plaza, exploring the streets and sampling the local cuisine. Here, we share the delights of our visit to colourful Campeche:
The Sunny South of Mexico
Following a 24-hour bus journey from Mexico City, we were pleased to arrive in sunny Campeche. In fact, we immediately headed to the malecon to take a stroll by the sea and enjoy the warm breeze. After Mexico City’s dull and damp weather, the sunshine and blue skies were a welcoming treat. Pelicans flew overhead dipping into the Gulf of Mexico periodically for a snack. Our hotel, Mision Campeche, was comfortable and centrally located.
The Pretty Streets of Campeche
Campeche has a pretty plaza and the majority of the buildings in the historical centre are attractively painted in pastel colours. Although, there aren’t heaps of things to do in Campeche, it’s fun to explore the streets and take in the colourful architecture. Furthermore, there are a variety of interesting statues scattered throughout the city.
Campeche is home to an abundance of good restaurants together with a wide range of bars and cafes, many of them situated on Calle 59. When we arrived in town, we ate at Lux de Luna. We were treated to the best burritos of the trip, not to mention the tasty complimentary green and red tortilla chips. The restaurant was colourfully decorated and had seating in the centre of the pedestrianised street. Consequently, it was a perfect place to watch the world go by. Another favourite was Marganzo, a traditional restaurant with a regional menu. We had breakfast a couple of times and loved the lively atmosphere.
Pirates and Mayans
The city is fortified by a two-mile long wall which was built as protection against marauding pirates several centuries ago. As a matter of fact, it is possible to access the top of the walls and walk along them. Furthermore, there’s a view of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the city on the other.
The Museum of Mayan Architecture can be found within one of the baluartes of the wall. Although it’s small, it’s well-presented and there’s lots of information on the ruins of Uxmal and others in the area.
We were only in Campeche for a few days, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. It was the perfect antidote to the big city and the buildings looked stunning under the Mexican sun. Next stop – Merida!