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The city of Campeche, capital of the state of the same name, is one of Mexico’s true gems. This beautiful colonial city has been painstakingly restored and today boasts dozens of buildings brought back to their original grandeur. The result is a city center of cobbled streets, pastel-colored colonial façades and mighty fortifications. Spend a few days getting to know Campeche and it is easy to see why it was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. It is no wonder that several period movies have been filmed in Campeche. Even the telephone and electrical cables have been put underground to avoid spoiling the view.
Embark on a walking tour of the old town to soak up the sights at leisure. Begin at Parque Principal, which is encircled by magnificent colonial mansions. The grand Campeche Cathedral stands here too. Come on a Sunday to see it filled with hundreds of devout worshippers.(bastions) and imagine the days long-ago when pirates frequently plundered this wealthy city. Watch the Puerta de Tierra Sound and Light Show at the Baluarte de San Francisco or visit the Museum of Mayan Architecture in the Baluarte de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad.
Just outside of the city, the Fuerte de San Miguel stands as the largest colonial fort in the state. Explore the great fortification with its replica cannons before heading into the impressive Museo Arqueológico de Campeche (Campeche Archaeological Museum). The museum brings to life the history and culture of the Mayan people and contains hundreds of finds from the most significant archaeological sites in the state.
This is not, however, a staid, museum-like city. Experience its bustling atmosphere at the Central Market, along the “malecón” (boardwalk) and in the countless local restaurants. Join locals at the Parque Principal for lively concerts and festivals.
Campeche is located in Campeche State on the Yucatán Peninsula. Catch one of the regular flights from Mexico City’s international airport to Campeche. The city is also well connected by long-distance coaches from cities such as Cancún.
Accommodation in Campeche
Before you head off, get a reservation for one of the 31 Campeche accommodations that are listed on Expedia's hotel booking platform.
Discerning travelers who delight in the finer things in life are sure to enjoy the Hacienda Puerta Campeche,a Luxury Collection Hotel, Campeche, at Calle 59, No. 71 por 16 and 18, and the Casa Don Gustavo Boutique Hotel, at Calle 59 No 4. If you're after more budget-friendly options, the Hostel Viatger Inn, Calle 51 # 28 entre 12 Y 14, or the Casa Balché - Hostel, Calle 57 No. 6 Altos, could better suit your requirements.
Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Artisanal Bazaar and Plaza del Mar Shopping Center. Sculpture of Pedro Sainz de Baranda and Novia del Mar Monument are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Campeche, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of General State Archive, Casa Número 6 Cultural Center, and Baluarte de San Francisco. Museum of Mayan Architecture and Campeche Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Autonomous University of Campeche and San Miguel Fort. Baluarte de Santa Rosa and Monument to the City Gates are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Campeche Waterfront Promenade, this hotel is steps from Sea Gate, Museum of Mayan Architecture, and Casa Número 6 Cultural Center. Campeche Library and Sculpture of Pedro Sainz de Baranda are also within 5 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Campeche Cathedral, Campeche Library, and Casa Número 6 Cultural Center. Plaza del Mar Shopping Center and Museum of Mayan Architecture are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Campeche Waterfront Promenade, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sculpture of Pedro Sainz de Baranda and Plaza del Mar Shopping Center. Monument to the City Gates and Sea Gate are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Campeche, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Campeche Cathedral and Campeche Library. Casa Número 6 Cultural Center and Plaza del Mar Shopping Center are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Campeche, this hotel is steps from Campeche Cathedral, Casa Número 6 Cultural Center, and Campeche Library. General State Archive and Museum of Mayan Architecture are also within 5 minutes.