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Mexico is not all about Cancun; and definitely not about Mexico City! Search for cheap air tickets to Acapulco and then you’ll know the real deal! Once the ultimate spot for movie and music stars, millionaires and politicians of the past, Acapulco still is a heavenly summer resort; but nowadays it welcomes visitors from all over the world and is definitely addressed to wider audience! Situated in a beautiful location with long beaches, rugged mountain tops, dramatic backdrops and magical sunsets, Acapulco is even more than that, bearing a great cultural heritage. The Aztecs, the Spanish conquistadors, the sea-trade with the East and the Mexican art, all blend and meet in Acapulco. Book your accommodation in one of the numerous hotels in Acapulco and live the holidays of your life!
Acapulco was traditionally one of the most glamorous and cosmopolitan destinations in the world, especially during the ‘50’s. Gaining international fame by famous visitors like John Wayne and Frank Sinatra, Acapulco was soon established as a resort for the rich and famous.
These times have long gone and today Acapulco is a dreamy destination, addressed to anybody seeking a way out of their ordinary life, a chance to experience complete relaxation, real holidays.
The name Acapulco derives from the Aztec ancient language Náhuatl and translates into “the place where the reeds were destroyed”, referring to a local tradition. Though inhabited since 3,000 B.C, the city was then “discovered” by the Spanish in 1512.
Acapulco can be considered as a rather touristy destination, yet it’s not impossible for you to enjoy authentic moments, as the city has so much to offer to visitors; historic sites, cultural and archaeological attractions, museums and churches and, of course, the marvellous Zócalo and its one-of-a-kind feeling of Old Town.
Make your plans and enjoy!
The international airport of Acapulco (Aeropuerto Internacional General Juan N. Álvarez) is located 26 kilometres away from the city centre and can be reached by airport buses (Servicio Colectivo) and taxis.
You can get around Acapulco by bus and taxi. Bus fares start at 5.00 MXN and minimum taxi fare costs 25.00 ΜΧΝ.
Your experience in Acapulco starts at the Old Town, known as the “Zócalo”. This is a colourful and pleasant neighbourhood with a strong traditional character and lots of cafes, squares, alleys and spots for you to enjoy some time among the locals.
The most well-known attraction in Zócalo is Acapulco’s Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad), whose blue domes are Acapulco’s most recognisable landmark!
The Cathedral of Acapulco was built in 1930 in a neo-byzantine style, greatly resembling a mosque. It is dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Solitude).
The old town’s eastern side is guarded by the San Diego Fort (Fuerte de San Diego), a location of special importance to Acapulco. The fort was built in 1616 to protect the city from pirate attacks and maintain the sea-trade with the Philippines.
This is a newer construction, after the first building was brought down by the 1776 earthquake, and it houses the Acapulco History Museum, with interesting collections on the history of Acapulco, the development of sea-trade with the East and the evolution of religion in the region.
You couldn’t miss Acapulco’s most popular tourist attraction, La Quebrada rock and the legendary “La Quebrada Clavadistas” divers; be prepared for a breathtaking show, with the Clavadistas diving from an altitude of over 35 metres!
Continue to Acapulco’s traditional area (Acapulco Tradicional), where the indisputable top attraction is none other than the home of Dolores Olmedo, close friend of Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera! You’ll recognise it immediately by the façade, decorated with mosaics depicting Aztec symbols and deities – a masterpiece made by Diego Riviera himself!
You cannot leave Acapulco without paying a visit to the Isla de la Roqueta. This is the place where you get to enjoy the dreamy beach, the sea sports, the long morning in a beach bar and an even longer afternoon at a restaurant.
We recommend taking the glass-bottom boat to get there, so you can enjoy the underwater beauties of Acapulco. The statue you’re about to come across is indeed underwater, is named “La Virgen de los Mares” and was placed there in 1958, in honour of a team of divers who perished in the sea.
To travel to Acapulco, you need a valid passport with validity up to 6 months after your planned journey.
Greek Citizens don’t need a Visa to enter Mexico, for a maximum stay of 180 days.
When to Go
Acapulco has a tropical climate, featuring two distinct seasons; the wet (June to September) and the dry season (November to April). Both of the seasons are hot and sunny – Acapulco enjoys 2,838 hours of sunshine annually so, as long as you know what to expect and arrange your itinerary accordingly, you could visit Acapulco any time of the year.
Undoubtedly though, the best time to visit Acapulco if you wish to avoid the extreme heat and humidity is from December to April.