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25/07/2022
Sightseeing

Novia del Mar Monument

Follow the gaze of this statue, which depicts a young woman awaiting the return of her seafaring lover, looking out across the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico from Campeche’s waterfront.

The Novia del Mar Monument sits on Campeche’s wide-open waterfront as a dedication to a poignant folk story. Learn about the local legend and peer out across the gulf’s enchanting horizon. Climb the rocky platform adorned by the “Bride of the Sea” and enjoy one of the city’s best waterfront views.

Go for a stroll along Campeche’s waterfront boulevard. On top of a small, rounded outcrop you’ll find the platform of the Novia del Mar Monument. A collection of large boulders comprises the monument’s base. At the top of the platform sits a bronze statue of a young woman. Hair blowing in the breeze, she sits with her chin resting in her hands and her eyes fixed on the horizon. Admire the rough-hewn artisanship of the bronze statue. Clamber up the rocky platform and take a seat alongside the figure.

The Novia Del Mar Monument was commissioned to depict the story of a much-loved Campeche allegory. In the story, a local campechana girl fell in love with a seafaring pirate and endlessly scans the horizon for his returning ship. Follow her gaze across the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and see if you can spot any boats sailing the coastal waters of the Yucatán Peninsula.

As well as being a pretty monument, the Novia del Mar Monument is a great spot for oceanfront views. Bring a picnic and grab a spot on the surrounding platform. Stay until the evening to watch a magnificent sunset.

The Novia del Mar Monument is located a short distance beyond Campeche’s Convention and Exhibition Center. A number of food stands can be found on the streets directly behind the monument. The monument is a 10-minute drive north of Campeche’s city center and is free to visit.


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