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Merida, the proud capital of Yucatan’s, has a special place in my heart, as I spent my first year in Mexico in the so-called “Ciudad Blanca”, translated “The White City”, got to know the local culture and learned Spanish. My husband's (extended) family also lives here and although we have been living in Cancun, three hours away, for ten years, we visit beautiful Merida on a regular basis.
Since the colonial Merida is rich in culture and history and also one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, I will deliver a full report on the city in the near future, for today there is only a small foretaste, with my 24 permanent stay from two weeks ago.
Merida, the proud capital of Yucatan, holds a special place in my heart, as I spent my very first year in Mexico in "La ciudad blanca", translated "The white city" and it was here where I first gotten to know Mexican culture and learned Spanish. Furthermore Merida is home to my husband’s (very) large family and even though we’ve been living in Cancun for ten years now, we happen to visit Merida with regularity as it's only three hours drive away from Cancun.
Colonial Merida is rich in culture and history and is also one of the most beautiful cities in all of Mexico, thus I shall publish a full report about the city soon, for today I'll offer you a glimpse from my last 24 hour stay two weeks ago.
One of the most beautiful places to start the weekend in Merida is Hacienda Teya, one of the most magnificent colonial haciendas in the city and in the entire state of Yucatan.
Witnessing Merida’s rich past in the days of sisal imports, the Hacienda Teya is now a popular venue for opulent weddings and the on-site restaurant is one of the most renowned eateries in town.
One of the most beautiful sites to start a an enjoyable weekend in Merida is Hacienda Teya, one of the most splendid haciendas in town, if not in all of the state of Yucatan.
Today Hacienda Teya serves as a popular spot for grand weddings and it's restaurant is known to be one of the very best eateries in town.
From the Hacienda Teya I made my way to the center of Merida, where I started my tour of the impressive cathedral, which is the oldest cathedral on the American continent. Incidentally, this was built on the site of a former Mayan pyramid and the stones of the same were used to build the church.
After Hacienda Teya I made my way to the center of Merida, where I began my stroll around the city, starting at the grand cathedral which is the oldest on the American continent. The church was built on a site where once a Mayan pyramid stood and the stones of the same were used to build said church.
In front of the cathedral is the "Zocalo", the main square of the city, which is a popular place for strolling Meridianos. It is worth taking a short break here to watch the goings-on.
In front of the cathedral you will find the "Zocalo", the city’s main plaza, which is a popular spot for strolling Meridianos. It's worth it to take a little break here to watch the everyday life of the city and it's people.
If you have the time, you should visit the town hall at the Zocalo, on the upper floor of the same there is a freely accessible gallery about the history of Mexico and if you have questions or doubts about Merida and its various activities, you can consult the tourist information on the lower floor to let.
If you have time make sure to visit the city hall situated right on the Zocalo. The upper level holds a grand gallery about Mexico’s history which is available for visitors free of charge and if you have questions or doubts regarding the city of Merida or it’s many activities you may visit the tourist information on the lower level.
From the main square you can also hire carriage rides, which take the visitor through the center of Merida to the magnificent "Paseo de Montejo", Mexico’s answer to the Champs-Élysées.
From the zocalo you may hire a horse drawn carriage which will lead you through the center, all the way to the magnificent "Paseo de Montejo" which is Mexico’s answer to the Champs-Élysées.
I was hungry myself and so I walked to the nearby “Parque Santa Lucia”, one of my favorite places in Merida, to have a feast. This charming, colonial square is home to several excellent restaurants, bars, boutiques and cafes and offers various folklore dance performances in the evening.
One of my must visits when I am there is a visit to the local Apaola Restaurant, where I was served the best mole of my entire life in Mexico. The drinks at Apaola are great too!
Myself I was hungry and thus I headed towards the "Parque Santa Lucia" one of my favorite spots to dine out in Merida. This charming colonial square hosts several excellent restaurants, bars and boutiques and cafes and during nighttime you may witness different folkloric dance shows.
A mus’t visit for me when I’m in town is the Apaola restaurant where I have been served the best mole in all of my years in Mexico. Their drinks are fabulous as well.
For dessert I treated myself to a “Marquesita”, a waffle rolled with Gouda cheese, which you can buy at small stands in various parts of the city. If you didn't try Marquesita, you haven't been to Merida!
Those who love shopping will also find what they are looking for in the center. There are an endless number of cute little boutiques and market stalls filled with small, colorful treasures from all over Mexico. The action must of course not be forgotten.
For dessert I treated myself for a "Marquesita", a with gouda cheese filled waffle which you can purchase at little posts all over town. If you haven't tried a Marquesita, you haven't visited Merida!
And if you like shopping, Merida is your place to be. You will find an endless number of cute little shops and market stand which are filled with colorful treasure from all of Mexico. Of course you shall never forget to bargain!
Anyone who is a hotel lover like me will find a paradise in Merida (s): small charming boutique and designer hotels, luxurious haciendas or feudal mansions from the colonial era ... Merida has a lot to offer and is also known for its warm service.
One of the most beautiful hotels in town is my beloved Rosas & Xocolate, a pink dream including an exclusive - of course - chocolate boutique. The lovingly restored colonial property is now a very romantic hotel that impresses with its tasteful design. The restaurant, the hotel bar and the hotel's own SPA are also worth a visit.
Whoever is a hotel enthusiast as myself will find in Merida a paradise of splendid options: charming, small boutique hotels or designer hotels, luxurious haciendas or posh mansions, Merida has it all and on top is known for it's utmost friendly service.
One of the city’s most beautiful hotels is my beloved Rosas & Xocolate, a pink dream which also hosts an exclusive -of course- chocolate boutique. The mansions has been lovingly restored to it's old glory and offers a heavily romantic retreat, in a design hotel atmosphere. Also the restaurant, hotel bar and SPA are well worth a visit.
My day in Merida is over and as always I wonder why we ever moved from this beautiful city to Cancun. I'll be back.
Have you already been to Merida and what is your favorite memory from the city?
And before I know it my day in Merida has ended and as usual I ask myself why we have swapped our home in this beautiful city for a life in Cancun. I'll be back.
Have you been to Merida before and what is your fondest memory of your visit?
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