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Campeche: A Coastal Gem of History, Forts, Pirates, and Gastronomy

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Along the southern shores of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico lies the captivating city of Campeche.

This enchanting city holds a wealth of history, from its well-preserved forts to its intriguing connections with pirates. Beyond its historical allure, Campeche also boasts a rich gastronomic scene that delights visitors with a fusion of flavors.

The city of Campeche serves as the state’s capital, bearing the same name. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Campeche offers a stunning coastal landscape that has long attracted travelers with its picturesque beauty. Established in 1540, Campeche City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a testament to its historical significance and well-preserved colonial architecture.

“Baluartes” – Forts guardians of the past

One of the most striking features of Campeche’s history lies in its well-preserved forts. During the 17th century, the region became a hotspot for pirates who sought to exploit its strategic location. The Spanish Crown designed and constructed a series of formidable forts to protect the city from these daring buccaneers, its naval attacks, and the precious cargo of the Spanish ships.

Among the most prominent forts in Campeche are San Miguel, San José el Alto, and San Pedro. Each fort holds its unique charm and historical significance. San Miguel, perched on a hill overlooking the city, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf and the surrounding area.

Pirate’s Alley (Photo: La Revista Penínsular)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Sea

The golden age of piracy during the 17th and 18th centuries cast a shadow on the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. With its bustling port and valuable trade, Campeche was a prime target for these lawless raiders. Notorious pirates such as Henry Morgan, Jean Lafitte, Francis Drake, and Henry Morgan were among those who launched attacks on the city. Their exploits have become the stuff of legends, entwining tales of daring escapades, buried treasures, and swashbuckling adventures.

While piracy once plagued the region, today, Campeche embraces its pirate legacy and turns it into a unique tourist attraction. Pirate-themed festivals and events are held throughout the year.

Campeche’s Gastronomy: A Fusion of Flavors

All exploration of Campeche would only be complete with indulging in its exquisite gastronomic delights. The city’s cuisine blends indigenous Mayan, Spanish, Caribbean, and African influences, creating a diverse and delectable menu. Thanks to its coastal location and fishing traditions, seafood takes center stage in Campeche’s culinary landscape.

A must-try dish in Campeche is the “Pan de cazón,” a layered casserole made with tortillas, black bean puree, and shredded shark meat. The dish is then topped with tomato sauce and a roasted habanero chile. Another local favorite is the “Tikin Xic fish,” a mouthwatering fish dish marinated in achiote paste, sour orange juice, and spices wrapped in banana leaves and grilled to perfection.

For dessert, indulge in “Campeche’s Caramel Custard,” a delightful combination of milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla, then caramelized to create a luscious treat.

Photo: (Punto medio)

With its storied past, impressive forts, captivating pirate tales, and delectable gastronomy, Campeche offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. As you wander through its cobblestone streets, explore its ancient fortifications, and savor its diverse flavors, you can’t help but be enchanted by the charm and history of this coastal gem in Mexico.

TYT Newsroom

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