Discover Veracruz, Mexico
Veracruz is home to a busy port, a rich history and a very romantic, slow-paced, Mexican atmosphere.
A city of diverse cultures that has a heart with a Latin rhythm, a soul influenced by Africa, Old World Spanish élan and a zest for life and living that advises, "Eat, drink and be merry for who knows what tomorrow brings." Holidays to Veracruz are perfect for those that want to sample the laid back life in Mexico. Expect tasty food, quaint coastal towns and a warming culture.
The city's status as a port has invited innumerable different cultures, including indigenous, Spanish and Afro-Cuban. And judging by the city's persistent flow of tourists, they shouldn't mind anyone adding British culture to that list as well.
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History buffs will be in their element; the Municipal Palace, with its Baroque architecture, is the oldest city government building in Mexico, while the cathedral, Virgen de la Asunción, incorporates some breathtaking Neoclassical architecture.
More enticing attractions for families include Veracruz Aquarium, where you can see various species of sharks up close, and the City Museum, which exhibits items relating to the history of the city of Veracruz.
There are also plenty of beaches to top up that tan and play water sports, like Playa Martí, just outside the city, and Playa de Hornos, near the Aquarium. The latter offers tables, chairs and umbrellas to rent.
But if you want to sample the city's eclectic music and food, there are few better visits than the Plaza de las Armas, commonly dubbed the Zocalo, which is always occupied with people selling food, playing music and dancing.
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Whether you are seeking a good-natured family holiday, a quick romantic getaway or a fun trip with friends, Veracruz makes an excellent choice of holiday destination. The average duration of a flight from the UK to Veracruz is only about 11 hours, so you won't have to wait long to start enjoying one of our great value Veracruz holidays.