We visited Campeche in December, 2016. I love Campeche — it’s one of my favorite cities in Mexico.
Campeche was officially founded in 1540, by Don Francisco de Montejo. In typical Conquistador style, the city was founded on top of an indigenous Mayan settlement, named Ah Kim Pech. Campeche quickly became an important part of the Spanish empire. Its natural harbor was extremely useful to the Spaniards, who used the port as a stopover for heavily laden treasure galleons hauling loot out of the interior of Mexico. The city suffered from many pirate attacks. Eventually, walls and forts were built to protect the city. Many of these exist in some fashion today and can be enjoyed.
Campeche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is known for its beautiful preserved colonial buildings, many of which are painted in bright shades of blue, pink, yellow, and green. Walking around the city is a feast for the eyes. I enjoyed my time there, and here are a few photos from the city.