By Virginia Villari
Merida is the capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. This beautiful colonial city counts nearly 1 million people and it’s the 12th most populated city in Mexico. Apparently it is also the safest city in the country. Merida can be considered the epicenter of the Yucatecan pride. In fact, the people from the Yucatan Peninsula don’t quite like to be referred to as Mexicans but they rather be called Yucatecans. This is understandable as Yucatecan culture, traditions, food, dialect and local customs are pretty different from the rest of Mexico.
Behind the scratched walls and the baroquesque iron gates, Merida uncovers a hidden world of lush gardens, sumptuous patios and decorated, luxurious interiors, the signs of a bygone colonial power. Meanwhile the city is getting back its strength through its own economic and cultural resources.
During our 36-hour trip we found 2 amazing restaurants. For delicious authentic Yucatecan cuisine you must try Apoala, while If you feel like a mouthwatering, Italian meal you should go to Oliva, a traditional Roman trattoria that kept it real to the original recipes.
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