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The Merida Rundown

Merida is one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets. Located in the Yucatan Peninsula just 35 km (21.7 miles) from the Gulf of Mexico, this centuries-old Mayan city is steeped in colonial history. Indeed, Merida is known as the second largest historic centre outside of Mexico City. The downtown Centro Historico is a popular area for its classical colonial buildings. There are examples of both Yucatec Maya architecture and Italian- and French-influenced architecture in Merida. America Park is a beautiful place to stroll through

In Merida you will find some of the area’s best museums, including the Regional Anthropology Museum that houses many original stone carving from Mayan sights nearby. El Paseo Montejo is a lovely street lined with trees and houses from the days of yore, a great place for an evening walk. And for those looking for a place to take a relaxing stroll, located just outside the city walls you will find the beautiful garden La Ermita de Santa Isabel.

When To Go

Merida is a warm, tropical and misty city, with both a wet and a dry climate. With the hot and humid climate Merida has, the humidity level varies from moderate to high according to the time of year. Humidity is around 72 per cent because of the wind and sea breeze. Many times Merida is a few degrees hotter than other coastal areas because of its low elevation and inland location.

One thing that characterizes Merida is the brightness of the night sky, offering visitors a sight they will long remember.

  • Average annual high temperatures: Ranging from 28°C (82°F) in January to 36°C (97°F) in May.
  • Low temperatures: Ranging from 18°C (64°F) in January to 23°C (73°F) in May and June.
  • Dry season: January through April
  • Rainy season: June and September

Getting There

There are direct flights into Merida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport arriving from Mexico City, Miami, Houston, Las Vegas and Europe. Another route is flying into Cancun and then renting a car or hiring a taxi to make the three-hour drive heading west on the highway.

  • If staying in or visiting the centre part of town, many restaurants and attractions are in walking distance if you don't mind the tropical climate.
  • There are also many taxis and buses which you can get for a reasonable price.
  • Another option is renting a simple car from Mexico Rent a Car for about $35 USD a day.

General Information

With a peerless collection of Roman ruins that date back more than two thousand years, the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura is a veritable city. As such, Mérida joins dozens of other superb destinations in Spain that often linger in the long shadows cast by Barcelona, Madrid and resorts on the Costa Brava and Costa del Sol.

Mérida has a very distinct cultural vibe for visitors not altogether familiar with Extremadura. The small city of under 60,000 people is a notable haven for artists and musicians and has a lively nightlife, made all the more enjoyable because of Mérida's exceptional architecture. From ancient landmarks like the Roman Bridge, Arch of Trajan and Circus Maximus to the modern State Library and Sports City, Mérida is a great place to explore. The former Roman provincial capital offers countless reasons to leave the coast and seek out Spain's many interior gems.

Attractions & Activities

Attractions

  • Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida
  • Alcazaba
  • Teatro Romano
  • Roman Art National Museum
  • Villa Mitreo

Activities

  • Mérida Classical Theatre Festival
  • Cornalvo Nature Reserve
  • Golf
  • Carnaval
  • Montfragüe

Restaurants & Nightlife

Restaurants

  • Altair
  • Rufino
  • Meson El Alfarero
  • Briz
  • Casa Benito

Nightlife

  • Bar Colon
  • Bar Marsa
  • Los Angeles
  • Bar Europa
  • Tahona Bar

Climate

Mérida has a dry climate, with warm conditions throughout the year.

  • Winter (December to February) 4-14°C
  • Spring (March to May) 7-24°C
  • Summer (June to September) 16-34°C
  • Fall (October to November) 7-33°C

Hotels in Merida

Recommended hotels

1 Fiesta Americana Merida

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

Paseo de Montejo 451, Esquina Avenida Colon Colonia Centro Map

Kids up to 12 stay FREE

Surrounded by commercial centres, supermarkets and banks, this property is an ideal place for business or leisure travellers and for those who want to explore the city. GeneralEquipped with the... More

YUCATAN HOME
Friendly warm and welcoming staff. Bertha runs a wonderful program and everybody is efficient and helpful. I found that the rooms were spotlessly clean with every amenity you could possible need....
8 Mar 2014

2 Koox Casa de Las Palomas Boutique Hotel - Adults Only - Historical Downtown

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Calle 64, #417 entre calles 49A y 51, Colonia Centro Map

20% off per night!

Koox Casa De Las Palomas Boutique Hotel - Adults Only welcomes travellers to tastefully decorated accommodations while visiting the heart of Merida for business or leisure. Visitors can explore... More

Nice decor, design flaws
This hotel is nicely decorated and designed. It is a small house and after 1 year it still looks clean and nice. When it rains water flows on the floors (bathroom, room, hallways). It comes even...
24 Sep 2014

3 Hotel Reforma - Historical Downtown

3 stars
3.5 / 5

59 num 508 X 60 Y 62 Map

FREE WiFi, Continental breakfast & parking

Blending traditional architecture with modern comforts, Hotel Reforma - Historical Downtown is a Merida hotel housed in a historic building offering simply furnished spaces and convenient... More

4 Hotel El Espanol De Montejo

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Paseo de Montejo 482 con 41 Col Centro Map

Free Daily Buffet Breakfas+Free WiFi+FREE kids

Hotel El Espanol De Montejo welcomes travellers to comfortable and inviting accommodations while visiting the vibrant city of Merida. Apart from attending to corporate matters, patrons at this cosy... More

Good people, nice hotel
I found the staff here to be kind people, with more than enough English to help one. The room was very nice, and the hotel had a free shuttle which could take you back to the airport or around the...
2 Sep 2013

5 Hotel Maria Del Carmen by Bus Station & Colonial Downtown

3 stars
3.3 / 5 4 reviews

Calle 63 No 550 entre 68 y 70 Centro Map

2 Kids Free,FREE Wi Fi & 15% off at Restaurant

Boasting a central location, Hotel Maria Del Carmen Merida is a premium hotel featuring splendid design. The hotel's interior comprises of luxurious decor and offers lavish comforts. The property's... More

Very Good Service
Near to busses and center of the town. Clean room. Nice pool. Friendly staff. Cheap bar. . Quiet rooms facing the pool.
1 Mar 2014

6 Hotel del Gobernador - Historical Downtown

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Calle 59 535x66 Col Centro Map

Kids up to 10 stay FREE+FREE WiFi+Parking

Hotel Del Gobernador offers travellers comfortable accommodations in a convenient location while they are in the area. The hotel is a few minutes from the Catedral de Merida. A few kilometres away,... More

Excellent!!
The hotel is very nice. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic. I would recommend to everyone and look forward to my return.
22 Apr 2014

7 Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

Calle 60 # 488 X 57 Centro Map

FREE WiFi and Parking

The Casa del Balam Hotel features beautiful Colonial style accommodation, in the centre of Merida. General Business travellers can make use of the meeting room, available at the Casa del Balam.... More

Great accommodation Merida
Fantastic location + clean & great staff. Meals all good - breakfast, lunch & dinner. Great facilities including pool. Breakfast served in the cool & calm central courtyard. Close to various...
20 Dec 2013

8 Hotel Nacional Merida - Historical Downtown

3 stars
3.2 / 5

Calle 61 No.474 por 54 y 56 Centro historico Map

FREE WiFi, Free Local Calls&10% off in Restaurant

Hotel Nacional Merida - Historical Downtown provides cosy and well-maintained accommodations for travellers looking for a corporate trip or recreational holiday in Merida. Visitors at this city... More

9 Hotel Casa Lucia - Historical Downtown

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Calle 60 No. 474-a entre 53 y 55 Map

FREE A la carte Breakfast and wireless internet

Presenting elegant accommodation and friendly service, this property is a perfect venue for an unforgettable vacation in Merida. GeneralThe lobby area is warm and welcoming in its style and is an... More

10 Piedra de Agua Hotel - Historical Downtown

3 stars
3.8 / 5

calle 60 N 498 Map

Kids Up to 12 Stay and Wifi FREE

The Piedra De Agua Hotel Merida extends an invitation for the guests to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the city of Merida along with the excellent amenities and services offered.... More

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