San Francisco de Campeche, founded in 1540, is located on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. In December, 1999, it was recognized by UNESCO as the “Historic Fortified City of Campeche”.
Why did it receive this distinction?
Because of its buildings representing the military architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth century; its traditional homes with Andalusian and Caribbean influence, and its model of urbanization of a Baroque colonial city.
This is the only walled city in Mexico; Campeche has 1,640 feet of walls, two doors, two forts and eight bastions, defensive constructions in the shape of a pentagon.
What to do?
Tour the center of the city and watch the colorful decorations of its mansions and its aligned streets, full of legends and stories. Visit the main forts, such as the Fort of San José, of San Miguel and of San Francisco. The main bastions such as that of San Juan, San Carlos, Santa Rosa and others, which today serve as venues for exhibitions, botanical garden, museums and historical monuments, respectively.
Taste the delicious shrimp cocktails with oysters, coconut shrimp and the traditional lime soup.
You must visit
The Cathedral of Campeche, the San Roman Church, the Archaeological Site of Edzna and Jaina.