Merida’s elegant tree lined Paseo de Montejo is the city’s main boulevard and most fashionable district. Once a primarily residential area, the Paseo de Montejo in Merida has since been commercialized and many of the historic 19th century mansions that line the boulevard have been converted into restaurants, nightclubs, boutique hotels, shops, office buildings and museums.
Located northeast of the central plaza and architecturally reminiscent of Havana, Cuba, the area surrounding the Paseo de Montejo in Merida was developed during the henequen boom of the late 19th and early 20th century as plantation owners looking to move out of the city’s historic centre built gorgeous mansions along this stretch of boulevard.
On Sunday mornings, a weekly event called ‘Bici Ruta’ takes place. The road is closed to traffic and there are bicycles available for rent all the way along the street. Locals, foreigners, families, and couples come out and ride up and down the street as well as around selected areas in the “Centro Histórico”. It’s a great opportunity for people to come together and enjoy this amazing and beautiful city.
Although I didn’t rent a bike and participate in this event, I did enjoy a leisurely walk, admiring the many beautiful mansions, and savouring the relaxed and playful atmosphere.
Next stage: Campeche.