Mérida, Mexico – The Colonial Gem on the Yucatán Peninsula

On the western side of the Yucatán Peninsula is Mérida. This Mexican town of one million hosts the third largest Spanish colonial quarter in the world. And the historic centro is full of centuries-old homes, churches, and public buildings, as well as charming plazas, parks, and squares.

Retirees and other expats “discovered” Mérida in the late 1980s and every year more and more North Americans and Europeans make the move, many of them renovating colonial buildings, turning them into private homes, B&Bs, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. The historic structures are known for high ceilings, tropical hardwood finishes, vividly colored tile floors and interior courtyards.

In this video tour, IL Editor, Jason Holland offers a look at the historic centro of Mérida, the city’s main market, and more.

 

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