Veracruz is internationally known because of the warmth of its inhabitants, the “jarochos”, who welcome national and international tourism with the joy of those who feel lucky of being born in a truly generous land.
Veracruz is the largest city of the state of Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave and stands out for having the most important commercial port, which is the reason why the city was known as the Mexican Gateway to the World; it’s located at the center of the state, bordering with La Antigua, with the Gulf of Mexico, Boca del Rio and with Manlio Fabio Altamirano. Historically, it is known for getting the title of Heroic in four different occasions, as it defended the national sovereignty in 1825, 1838, 1847 and 1914.
Veracruz possesses immeasurable values as it’s distinguished by its natural, architectural, historical and gastronomic richness. When it comes to tourism, the state is divided into 7 regions and Veracruz City is part, along with Boca del Rio, La Antigua, Ursulo Galvan and other cities, of the First Steps of Cortes region. This is because Veracruz is the place where Hernan Cortes disembarked in April 22, 1519.
Those who visit the city of Veracruz will have at their reach a huge assortment of options. The Zocalo, the Cathedral, the Museum Baluarte de Santiago are tourist attractions located in the Historic Centre that can’t be left aside on a city tour; the Veracruz boardwalk is, of course, a must, full of hotels, restaurants, cafeterias (among them the famous Café de la Parroquia), ice cream shops and craft shops to purchase the ideal souvenir of your vacations in Veracruz. Right in this area is the Gran Plaza Malecon, a recently renovated 10,000 m² space from where you can see the Historic Fort of San Juan de Ulua.
To get to Veracruz city you have two options: by land and by sea. By land, taking the Mexico-Puebla-Xalapa or the Mexico-Orizaba-Veracruz highway. The CAVE (Veracruz Bus Station) is 5 minutes away from the Historic Centre and belongs to the ADO Group, but there’s also a couple of small stations, one in Veracruz and the other in Boca del Rio; the General Heriberto Jara International Airport, 25 minutes from the Historic Centre, has national flights and 1 international flight to Houston, Texas.
Whatever reason you have to visit the “Puerto Jarocho”, you’ll discover that Veracruz is a warm city that welcomes visitors with open doors.