Approaching the site of modern Veracruz, the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes could hardly imagine 500 years later it would be a place that Mexicans think is the most fun on earth.
Veracruz is a city where music starts before you’ve even finished breakfast. Set in Mexican bay, the city used to be a very important link between the capital and the coast.
Veracruz has always been something like a fusion of Havana and New Orleans - sultry and full of intrigue, but with the emergence of air flight the city ceased to be a gateway to Mexico. However, musicians from all parts of the Latin world come to Veracruz with its slow traditional life to blend the musical traditions of the Caribbean, Cuba, Spain and Mexico.
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Once you are in Veracruz you can visit the following sights:
- San Juan de Ulúa Castle at the harbor area is the last fortress of the Spanish Empire, later used as one of the cruelest prisons of that time. The castle is located near the downtown and you can access it by walking
- Baluarte de Santiago – the last standing part from the wall that used to surround the old city
- Museo Agustin Lara is the former house of the famous pop-music composer.
- In the downtown area you can watch people dance to "danzon" a traditional Cuban music adopted in Veracruz. You can see the cathedral and enjoy a drink at Los Portales
- The City Museum, aquarium and Villa del Mar are also worth seeing.
Veracruz is not only a city of music, it is also a place to try the most delicious sea-food cuisine in Mexico, buy authentic souvenirs on the majority of which if there is enough space to write. After all, anyone who buys a souvenir should remember they bought it in Veracruz, the happiest and the most romantic place in Mexico.