As one of the oldest cities in Mexico, it has a distinct Spanish colonial look and feel to it. The streets definitely feel as though you’ve stepped into time, as these are the exact streets that were built hundreds of years ago. Many of its buildings and structures are also very old and solid. Merida’s architecture is a sight to behold and going around the city by foot would most definitely be a pleasure trip.
Merida’s main square is called the Plaza Mayor where the Cathedral is, as well as a lot of shops and smaller churches. Tourists can get a bargain at many of the handicraft shops or bill themselves inside the one of the hotels to be conveniently located in the town proper area. The main square is crowded every Sunday, where the atmosphere feels like a large market fair.
Just a few blocks to the plaza is Paseo de Montejo, known as the fashion district of Merida. The stores and restaurants here are slightly upscale, and this is where most banks are located. Popular and trendy night hangouts are also foud in this district.
Some would say that Merida is like one big theme park, because of the mix of old and new. Though populated with almost a million people, Merida is one of Mexico’s most tranquil and safest cities to explore.