Magnificent constructions in the city of Campeche preserve a piece of Mexico’s maritime history behind their walls.
While it flourished as a trading post during the 17th century, colonial Campeche was exposed to dangerous pirate attacks, necessitating the construction of a large wall and various fortresses.
Remains of these impressive defenses are scattered throughout the city, and together with other examples of military, civil, and religious architecture give a beautiful appearance to the city, which – thanks to its Baroque, Neo-Classical, and mix of other architectural styles – has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Make sure to visit some of the following, wonderful buildings that adorn the streets of Campeche: the Fort of San Miguel, the most visible fortification because of its size; the Campeche Cathedral, construction of which began in the 16th century; the former Jesuit Monastery; the Dulce Nombre de Jesús church; the San Juan de Dios church; and many others.
And in the central part of the city, the Ex-Hacienda Uayamón and Hacienda Puerta Campeche have now been turned into luxury hotels.
The state's cultural and historial signifcance is enhanced with Campeche haciendas and archeological sites, such as Calakmul and Edzna.