Veracruz City is without a doubt one of the main cities in a state that goes by the same name. Next, we list some of the main tourist attractions:
Los Portales (The Portals):
Right next to the Zocalo, you can find the most vivid portals in all Mexico. This arches’ compound bring a wide variety of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy live music of any genre, pretty much throughout the entire day. Boredom is simply out the door.
This was the venue of the first city hall in the country and the American continent as well. The building features portals in both of its floors; finished back in 1627, incorporating one century later a tower with a bell, which back in the day used to announce ships arrival.
This magnificent cathedral was settled on Independence Avenue and completed back in 1721, featuring three units with domes and a 40 meter-high tower with a bell and a public clock over the top.
Within the aspects that drove Veracruz City into its transformation towards the end of the “Porfiriato” (Presidential) era are: the extension of the port zone, which included the creation of a jetty in front of the wharves. Throughout this malecon (jetty) are spread all kind of souvenir shops, hotels and cafes, with a lovely breeze making it ideal for an evening walk.
Furthermore, every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. enjoy a beautiful folklore show, where dance ballet groups perform typical dances and Jalisco songs for a period of one hour.
San Juan de Ulua Castle:
This building dates from 1582; the island where this castle is located was visited for the first time by Juan de Grijalva, in 1518. The fortress preserves some of the stone plaques describing its historical development. After serving as a fortress, this also became a convent and a penitentiary. Currently, there is a small museum where, items and documents from the colonial history and later periods from the Veracruz history are showcased.
Located in “Playon de Hornos”, within the Acuario shopping mall facilities.