Campeche: the Mexican colonial walled city by the sea

Campeche, Mexico

Campeche is a Mexican port city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its preserved baroque colonial buildings, military architecture and walled historic district.

In response to pirate attacks, the city was fortified in the 17th century and 2 hilltop fortresses are now museums.

Fort de San Miguel holds the Campeche Archaeological Museum, with artifacts from local Mayan sites like Edzná, Calakmul and Isla Jaina.

Officially a city and the capital of the southwest Mexican state of the same name, Campeche, has the feel of a quaint small town.

All of the facades in the historic center are painted in pastel hues and the main pedestrian street, Calle 59, has rotating art displays.

Despite the street being relatively short, visitors often take a long time to walk down it as you stop to take photographs every few feet.

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