If you only had one day to spend in Merida, this article is for you.
Paseo De Montejo
In the early morning, come for a walk on Merida’s most famous promenade, which stretches over 5,483 metres and was built in 1904. The paseo de Montejo, named after Francisco de Montejo, a Spanish soldier who was the first European to conquer Yucatán in 1542, formerly the land of the Mayan people.
During your morning walk, you can admire the old colonial-style buildings and visit the Palacio Cantón and Casa Gemelas museums.
At the end of the main avenue is a symbolic monument, La Patria, representing the fusion between Mexican and Mayan culture.
Continue your visit to the most famous square in the white city, the Plaza Grande. You will find the large capital letters in front of which you can take a souvenir photo. Around this central agora, two emblematic museums, Casa Montejo and Fernando García Ponce-Macay, are absolutely worth a visit.
Also take the opportunity to stroll through the Cathedral of San Idelfonso. The Renaissance style building is the oldest and first to be built in Latin America. The building was built using stones from the Mayan pyramids.
Punto de Reunión
For lunch, come and eat at the Bistro Punto de reunión. The restaurant is a hidden treasure in the heart of a colourful and carefully decorated house in the centre of Merida. The fusion between Mexican and international cuisine will delight your taste buds.
Dishes are prepared to order with fresh products. The open kitchen allows you to chat with the chefs and follow the preparation of your orders.
José Peón Contreras Theatre
In the early evening, you will find in the centre of Merida one of the most important opera theatres in Mexico. Writer and playwright José Peón Contreras gave his name to the building built between 1900 and 1908. Come and admire the building or attend one of the many performances.
To close your evening, head towards Santiago Park in the centre of the city. Every Tuesday musical events are organised where you can dance to the rhythm of mambo, salsa and other catchy music.
Many restaurants are also present in the park, offering all kinds of Mexican cuisine at low prices.