"Sleepy colonial charm" Top 5 Page for this destination Mexico Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel
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On the surface, Merida - the White City - has a quiet and sleepy charm that I found quite endearing. It's all a bit frayed around the edges - the heat and humidity of the Yucatan takes its toll on buidings and people alike, but the reality is this is a thriving city with a long history, a proud cultural bent, attractive parks and public spaces, good restaurants and much to offer the visitor beyond simply being a base from which to explore the great Mayan sites of the Yucatan peninsula. With its green heart in the Plaza Mayor and the equally attractive Parque Hidalgo (look out for the white painted love seats - ideal for courting couples to be able to gaze into each other's eyes but suitably seperated - a chaperone's delight) and other parks, 16th century cathedral, colonial era palaces and mansions, the city certainly shows off its gracious, and affluent, past.
It's also a shopper's paradise, with lots of outlets for souvenirs and top quality crafts. One thing you really should consider taking home with you is a genuine Yucatan hammock - the fine string ones in undyed cotton are my favourites - I even had a special hammock arbour built in my garden to use the ones we bought to their best advantage! The huge covered market and the shops in the surrounding streets are fun to wander around but this area is notorious for pickpockets and purse-snatchers, so do take care.
One good way to take in the sights of Merida is an evening horse- drawn carriage ride - somehow the slow pace seems to suit the ambience of the town perfectly.
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