Where is Merida? Merida is a city in Yucatan, a state in Mexico, which is located approximately 22 miles from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Merida is the capital of Yucatan and its largest city, along with being the largest city on the Yucatan Peninsula. Yucatan is one of the 31 states in Mexico that is located in the southeastern part of the country and north of the Yucatan Peninsula. The state is bordered by states of Quintana Roo to the southeast, Campeche to the southwest, and Gulf of Mexico to the north.
The City of Merida is located in the northwest region of Yucatan and is the largest of the cities with the name Merida, with other cities named Merida in Venezuela, Spain, and the Philippines. The city occupies the northern area of the Yucatan Peninsula and is located in the Chicxulub Crater. It lies to the east of Quintana Roo, west of Campeche, north of the Gulf of Mexico, and south of Chiapas.
The city has a flat topography with almost nonexistent surface water. The street grids in the city are based on the centro historic that is common in colonial Spanish cities, with streets based on odd numbers running from east to west and even numbers running from north to south. The Calles 60 and 61, known as the Plaza Grande, serves as the downtown area. The Centro Historico area, on the other hand, is known for its classic colonial architecture and heritage.
So where is Merida in culture? Well, Merida is known affectionately as ‘The White City’ or La Ciudad Blanca. Founded in 1542, the city is known for its cultural significance that reflects Mayan, Spanish, French, British, and Dutch influences in architecture and heritage. The city has the largest population of indigenous persons of Mayan ethnicity in major cities across Mexico.
Merida is a cultural center of Yucatan featuring an impressive range of art galleries, museums, and classic and contemporary theaters. Merida has some of the most well preserved colonial buildings and structures that combine seamlessly with modern buildings and urban planning. Hence, it’s no surprise that Merida was named the American Capital of Culture in 2000. Music and dance are an important part of the culture while traditional Spanish, Mayan, French, and British festivals are all celebrated. Merida is well known for its food tourism as well with cuisines inspired by Mayan, Caribbean, European, Mexican, and Middle Eastern cultures.