Merida Ranks High in Ratings
Merida is among the best cities in Mexico to live and do business!
Merida is the capital and largest city in the Yucatan state. It stands out for its climate of security, quality of life and cultural assets. A modern, cosmopolitan city with no limitation of art galleries, amazing restaurants, shops, boutiques and of course, museums rich in Mayan history.
The city of Mérida was founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo, referred to as “el Mozo” (the son), and built on the site of the ancient Maya city T’ho, meaning “city of five hills.” T’ho was the center of Mayan culture and activity in the Yucatan region. After the arrival of the Spanish, the ancient city’s five main pyramids were destroyed and their ruins used in the construction of Merida’s cathedral and other important buildings.
Merida was built as a walled city to protect it against Spanish Pirates. Several of the old Spanish city gates remain. Today, Merida is one of the cleanest and safest cities in Mexico. The city is sited as one of the most competitive cities for its skilled labor and the presence of high-tech companies, financial, insurance and banking services. Merida is also known as one of Mexico’s fashion capitals.
Almost every night you will find some type of event in the heart of the city. Music and dancing and food and desserts, to local crafts and jewelry, you will certainly never run out of things to do! The locals are some of the warmest people you will ever meet. Merida holds a very strong sense of community and family values. The Sunday Night Street Festival is typical of what you will see many of the nights in Merida!
It’s completely safe to walk the streets at night. Most of the houses the embank the narrow streets are colonials that are centuries old. The architecture, both old and new is a blend of Old World meets New World in a mesh of design concepts that are absolutely stunning. Many builders from all over the world are driven to Merida because the once in a lifetime challenge to refurbish a historical home and some of the most amazing houses that you will see anywhere in the world.