On our way through Mexico we stopped in Veracruz for two nights. We've already seen the nice Zocalos (Main Squares/Plazas) of Merida and Campeche. So we were looking forward to this one.
And we weren't dissapointed. By size it's a lot smaller than the one in Merida. But it's even busier. There's a bunch of stalls selling food, clothes and souvenirs. In the center it's set like a small park with some trees and a bunch of benches to sit down and relax.
The Plaza is traffic free, so it's very convenient to stroll around. On one side there's the big and nice cathedral. There's lots of wine and dine options around the Zocalo. Too bad that they mostly sell similar food - the typical "mexican" fare for tourists.
But you don't have to go for the food....just grab a few drinks and enjoy some people-watching. There is always some music played somewhere, mostly Mariachi Bands.
It's really fun - and it gets even more fun after dark. All the locals head out to the Zocalo to and enjoy their time together. On weekends it's completely packed...but in a fun way. The only thing that's very annoying are the street vendors (the walking ones). About every 30 seconds (no kidding!) somebody shows up trying to sell you something. Kids, grown-ups, elderly people. Some just beg for money. I understand that some rely on that income. But you really not get a break. Of course, a firm "No gracias" is mostly enough....but do that for 2-3 hours! Well, it's just part of Veracruz and besides that the Plaza is great fun. It's the place to be in Veracruz, especially at night.
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