Until a few years ago, Valladolid was a destination where people made a short stop on their way from Mérida to Chichén Itzá, but today it has become a must-see destination. This magical, colonial town treasures an endless number of jewels worth visiting.

We start with “el zócalo”, the main square of the city. Visiting the Plaza Francisco Cantón Rosado is one of the best things to do in Valladolid.

Before the arrival of the Spaniards in 1543, a Mayan pyramid was located on this very spot, which was demolished, and the surrounding buildings were built with its stone. Two of these buildings are still standing: the San Servacio Church and the Municipal Palace.

The Zocalo of Valladolid, in Yucatan, is an excellent place to sit on the special confidential chairs, which were created so that engaged couples could see each other’s eyes while talking, with distance in between, in the old-fashioned way.  Here you can enjoy a quiet afternoon among street vendors, smiling children and Yucatecan jaranas, enjoy the activity while you enjoy eating a marquesita from the street stalls (crepes with different sweet fillings and cheese).

The San Servacio Church is one of the main symbols of Valladolid, not only for its religious and architectural importance, but also for its history.

Calzada de los Frailes, an avenue that amazes for its façades and historical legacy.

Built in the 16th century, this street was used to connect the town of Valladolid with the Indian village of Sisal (currently one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the area).  This type of roadway was known as the Sacbe-Ob, which means “White Road”.

Despite being a street less than 500 metres long, it is undoubtedly the most colourful and lively spot in Valladolid. Here you will find shops, restaurants, bars, and many spots worthy of a good selfie for Instagram.


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