Campeche is a very picturesque and quiet little seaside town with brightly painted colonial buildings winding through a maze of narrow paved streets lined with antique street lamps
In its colonial days, the city was enclosed within a 10 foot thick wall with stone archways providing access to the village from the land and the sea. Placed on strategic corners were seven baluartes, or stone defense bastions where the military could defend the city from pirates who continually attacked and pillaged the city. In 1771 the Fuerte de San Miguel was built on a hilltop outside town to better defend the city and, eventually, pirates stopped attacking.
Great seafood is available on the beachfront restaurants that line the boardwalk and a number of museums provide respite from the heat. Like much of the Yucatan, a large, central square and cathedral lie at the center of the city.