Mayan legends, pirate stories and eclectic architecture (mixture of military and religious buildings, with Caribbean, Andalucía, baroque colonial, and neoclassic styles) blend in San Francisco de Campeche, the only walled city in Mexico. Founded in 1540, during the colonial period it was an important commercial port. Declared as Patrimony of Humanity, the peaceful capital of Campeche is a colorful mosaic of old houses and churches; forts and picturesque small streets, tradition filled fiestas and folklore (La Candelaria, Day of the Dead Carnival). A mandatory visit: Historical downtown, San Miguel Fort (Mayan Culture Museum: a must, the jade masks collection); the Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ex Jesuit Convent, Baluarte San Carlos (City Museum), Baluarte de la Soledad (Museum of the Mayan Steles); Ex Templo de San José (Campeche Museum); Casa Teniente del Rey (Campeche Regional Museum). On weekends, light and sound show in the walled area. Point of entry to the Mayan world; ideal for family vacations or for a romantic get-away: haciendas, archaeological sites (Edzná, Hochob, Dzibilnocac, Santa Rosa Xtampak, Calakmul, Jaina); spectacular scenarios for adventure and to be in contact with nature (beaches San Lorenzo, Mar Azul, Sabancuy; Reservas de la Biósfera Los Petenes and Ría Celestún -fishing-; El Remate -diving-; Xpicob, Chenkán –turtle camps -); Palizada (Magical Pueblo). Gastronomy based overall on seafood (strong Mayan influence); typical: lime soup, seafood cocktails, Campeche shrimps or with coconut; panuchos, pickled pompano, dogfish bread, x´catic –hot pepper stuffed with dogfish-; pibipollos, buñuelos, dulce de yuca; exotic dishes with armadillo, deer and crocodile. Quality handwork (textiles, engraved wood, palm baskets, filigree jewelry in gold and silver).
TO LODGE CAMPECHE
• Casa Don Gustavo
This house was restored and turned into a comfortable and intimate boutique hotel. Decorated with art and furniture of the time it was originally built. Ideal for those who want to experience a majestic stay at a Campeche residence of the 18th century with modern comfort..
Calle 59 N° 4. Centro Histórico.
Tel: (01-981) 811 2350.
• Hacienda Puerta Campeche
Set of historical restored homes from the 17th century. Assertive combination of traditional colonial style with modern luxury and avant-garde technology: Personalized service. Pool.
Calle 59 N° 71. Centro Histórico.
Tel: (01-981) 816 7508.
TO EAT CAMPECHE
More than 50 years of experience. Informal place that offers well-seasoned good cuisine and the freshest seafood in town. Ideal for families or friends.
Stone crab; Stingray machaca.
Av. Lázaro Cárdenas 8. Col. Valle del Sol.
Tel: (01-981) 813 1071.
• El Faro del Morro
Inside a palapa with an ocean view. Relaxed atmosphere. Fresh seafood Campeche style. Ideal for families or business.
Tuna croquettes; Shrimp or seafood tortilla; Blue crab papatzules.
Av. Resurgimiento 120. Col. Miramar.
Tel: (01-981) 816 1990.
• La Palapa del Tío Fito
Conveniently located on the beach walk, next to the sea. Very fresh seafood in a relaxed homey environment. Ideal for a casual outing, with friends or family.
Avenida Resurgimiento S/N.
Tel: (01-981) 816 5918.
• La Parroquia
Popular establishment in the style of a cafeteria. Open 24 hours. Ideal for breakfasts and informal lunches.
Calle 55 N° 8 (costado Hostal Parroquia). Centro.
Tel: (01-981) 816 2530.
• La Pigua
Fish and seafood.
Small and cozy place, famous for serving the freshest seafood in town. Efficient and professional service. Ideal for business; small groups of friends or with the family
Shrimps with coconut; Octopus in its ink.
Av. Miguel Alemán 179 A. Centro.
Tel: (01-981) 811 3365.
Cuisine from Campeche.
Of the most traditional and prestigious places in town thanks to the consistent seasoning of its dishes. Typical Campeche atmosphere; ideal for every occasion.
Dogfish bread; Blue crab quesadillas.
Calle 8 N° 267. Centro Histórico.
Tel: (01-981) 811 3898.