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Veracruz Cathedral

Right in the center of the city, one can find the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Cathedral, built at the beginning of the 19th century and where a parish church once stood in the 17th century.


In the heart of the port, you can find the main plaza, surrounded by gardens and with a fountain in the middle. Here, you can enjoy a daytime stroll, or at night, watch the most popular dance of the area: the danzón.

Palacio Municipal

This is one of the most representative well-preserved buildings of the city. It is a baroque-style building, built in 1608 with the aim of housing the town council. Don't forget to look at its central patio and climb up its tower.

Civil Registry

In this beautiful colonial building, the first civil registry of the city was established in 1860. The first birth certificate to be recorded was that of Benito Juárez's daughter, the copies of which can be observed in the hall of the premises.

El Baluarte de Santiago

This impressive military structure, built at the end of the 17th century and beginning of the 18th, is made up of a medieval-type tower and 12 canons. It was built with the aim of defending the city against attacks from pirates. Don't miss the chance to visit the museum inside and admire weapons used during the Conquest and other precious objects found on Spanish ships that were shipwrecked on these shores.

San Juan de Ulúa

This castle, built in 1519, protected the port for several centuries. Years later, it was used as a barracks and a prison for famous figures, such as Chucho el Roto. It got its name from captain Juan de Grijalva, and from the cry of the indigenous people when a boat went by, “Culúa", referring to themselves, that the Spanish understood as “ulúa”.

Colorful and lively, Veracruz is a destination that tells its history through its Cathedral, the San Juan de Ulúa fort, its historical center and archaeological sites. Visitors should try an exquisite coffee drink from the famous Café La Parroquia or a typical dish like chilpachole de jaiba. At night, enjoy the music of a traditional tropical dance, the danzón; take a walk down the boardwalk or enjoy a night out at a bar or night club.

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