The historical area occupies only a small part of the modern city of Campeche. I had some trouble finding it, including my hotel which was located in the core zone (but had parking on site!). When you’re near you’ll be driving through narrow streets where a steady row of cars tries to get through and another row is parked by one side of the road. Driving in circles is made more pleasurable here by the pastel colours of the buildings that lighten up in the sunshine. Also noteworthy is how low some streets lie, and how high the pavements are. It’s like driving through a gutter.
I spent an afternoon, night and early morning in Campeche. I walked around town twice. The city “feels” very Cuban, although a more capitalist version as each and everyone of these pink/orange/baby blue houses is now occupied by either a shoe shop or a clothing store. And everyone has to get everywhere by car, it's not relaxed being a pedestrian. In an hour or so you’ve seen it all and walked along the city wall plus each of the forts which are no match for the formidable ones around Havana.
Frederik Dawson (Netherlands):
Campeche was the first true World Heritage Site listed Spanish colonial town I have seen in Mexico and in my life, as the result, I really had a good time in Campeche for its colourful houses and interesting designed churches. From early morning I drove from Chichen Itza and arrived to Campeche around 11 AM, the city of Campeche was really quiet and laid back, hard to believe its status of state capital city. I parked my car in the car park in front of the town wall. The wall was not impressive or beautiful, so I was a bit disappointed. But when I entered into the inner town, countless rows of colourful houses were pretty lovely to see.
I really liked that no next buildings painted in the same colours, so the whole town was like a candy town with door and window portals painted in white likes icing cake. Most of the buildings have only one floor, so Campeche was quite less urban. I tried to see the interior of some building, but most of them were really plain with no decoration at all. I walked around the town and really admitted that this town even it was really photogenic, there was nothing much to see actually. A lot of cars also parked along the streets, sometimes good for photo, but most of the time ruined the view. Then I went to the town main square, the cathedral was under renovation and closed. Then I decided to have lunch and went to try Pan de Cazón, a local specialty of tortilla and minced shark meat at lovely Marganzo Restaurant.
I finished my time in Campeche by drinking Hochata de coco and a glass of margarita before continued my trip to Uxmal. In my opinion Campeche is a lovely place to see for couple of hours, the town do not have any architectural wonder or masterpiece to be a highlight of my visit. But the town has its own charm especially for its colourful buildings. I wondered if I have seen more Spanish colonial towns before, my idea on this town maybe different, but since Campeche is my first experience on this kind of style, this town will always have a special place in my memory.
Date posted: November 2014 Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
I reached Campeche for the second time in May 2012.
During my first time, back in 1984, I only spent the night in that city but apart from the cathedral I did not see anything else, or atg least I do not remember anything else.
During this second journey I spent two days and had also time to visit the nearby Maya ruins of Edzna.
I walked a whole day in Campeche. My hotel was an old monastery close to the cathedral.
The houses were painted in sparkling colors. Most of them were ground floor buildings.
In downtown I saw a UNESCO sign indicating that I was in front of the Aduana Maritima (Maritime Customs Building). The walls around the city are very well preserved, as well as the gates.
Not far from Campeche, on the beach, there were several nice cafeterias by the beach offering seafood and tequila.
From Campeche, two days later, I continued my journey by bus until Cancun, from where I flew back to Barcelona, in my dear Spain.
Date posted: July 2013
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