The great amount of tourist places to visit in Veracruz, Mexico make any stay in the city an incredible experience. Get to know some of the places of interest to explore throughout your vacations in Veracruz!
What to Visit in Veracruz City
Baluarte de Santiago (Bastion of Gunpowder)
Address: Francisco Canal Street S/N, Downtown
Legacy of the pirate attacks era, the Baluarte de Santiago is the only vestige of the walled system that still stands. It’s located two blocks away from the Veracruz boardwalk and inside it there’s a museum that was inaugurated in 1991. The museum opens Tuesday to Sunday and the admission is $41.00 MXN for adults.
Historic Fort of San Juan de Ulua
Address: Scenic road to San Juan de Ulua, S/N, Manuel Contreras.
This fortress, which was used to defend the city from the pirate attacks and then as a prison (Benito Juarez is among the political prisoners held in this prison), is since 1984 an important museum that tells a part of the history of Veracruz and Mexico. The museum opens Tuesday to Sunday and the admission is $48.00 MXN.
Address: Mariano Arista Street #418, downtown.
It’s an 18-hall museum that exhibits different subjects of the history of navigation in Mexico. Among these halls there is the hall of the first expeditions and the hall of the fortresses and piracy. There are also vestiges of missing boats and a scale model of a boat where children can take pictures. The Veracruz Naval Museum opens Tuesday to Sunday and the admission is $45.00 MXN.
What would be of a visit to Veracruz without actually visiting the Zocalo? As it happens in all the cities that have a main square, the Zocalo in Veracruz reunites a big amount of attractions, including the Cathedral, the City Building and the Mail Building, as well as other colonial constructions, businesses, banks and cafeterias.
It’s the largest aquarium in Latin America and the eighth most visited in the world. It’s considered one of the most important recreational options in Veracruz, as it has different exhibitions and activities, including the Jellyfishes exhibition, the Encounter with Penguins, Swimming with Dolphins and Immersion with Sharks. The admission is $130.00 MXN and there are packages that include admission to the Aquarium, the Wax Museum and the Ripley’s Museum from $195.00 MXN.
Gran Café de la Parroquia
Address: Valentin Gomez Farias Ave #34.
Easily the most famous cafeteria in Veracruz and one of the most popular ones in Mexico, the Gran Café de la Parroquia is an authentic icon of Veracruz. You can’t talk about knowing Veracruz without having tasted the “café lechero” accompanied by good and sweet bread from the Gran Café de la Parroquia.