One of the hidden treasures of the Peninsula is the city of Campeche.
The city was established two years before Merida in 1560 by Francisco de Montejo, and fortified in the 18th. century as protection against frequent pirate attacks.
During the 17th. century pirates Morgan and Drake terrorized the rich coastal town of Campeche. While visiting the city of Campeche, you can walk along the Soledad Bastion near Puerta de Mar (or Sea Entrance) and visit the Mayan exhibit. The Cathedral and main square, Casa Carvajal, San Francisco convent, San Roman, La Guadalupita chapel, are among the key sites to visit.
Drive up the hills to the San Gabriel fort for exhilarating views of the city and the Gulf of Mexico; visit the Archaeological Museum within the bastion, where you will find Mayan sculptures, friezes and artifacts from Calakmul.