Acapulco Landmarks and Monuments

(Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico)

Picture of the popular Sinfonia theatreMany remarkable landmarks and distinctive monuments reside within the coastal city of Acapulco, both old and new. The Chapel of Peace (Capilla de la Paz) and Acapulco Cathedral (Catedral) are two of the city's most important religious landmarks and couldn't be more different in appearance, featuring a striking modern exterior and traditional historical architecture respectively.

El Zócalo is amongst the city's most important landmarks and this spacious plaza plays a big part of everyday life in Acapulco, being close to the tree-lined Malecón coastal avenue and the westerly docks, where many fishing boats and yachts reside. Acapulco's most visited landmarks and important monuments are explained further here.

Close-up photo of the Sinfonia


Address: Calle de la Quebrada, Acapulco, 39300, Mexico, MX
The Sinfonia is a notable outdoor theatre and can be found along the city's Calle de la Quebrada. Once a prominent landmark in this part of Acapulco, today the Sinfonia theatre is less popular, although it does still host a series of seasonal events and theatrical performances, which are enhanced by the natural coastal backdrop.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, charge for performances

View of the Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace)

Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace)

Address: Calle de la Paz, Fraccionamiento Las Brisas, Acapulco, 39979, Mexico, MX
The Capilla de la Paz is an eye-catching modern building and is known for its dramatic pyramid-style architecture and huge stone cross, which is more than 40 metres / 131 feet in height. Opened in 1971, the chapel boasts a superb coastal vista across Acapulco Bay, offering the perfect spot for a photograph.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Photo of the city's cathedral (catedral)

Catedral (Acapulco Cathedral)

Address: Zócalo de la Ciudad, Costera Miguel Alemán, Acapulco, 39300, Mexico, MX
The Catedral is one of the city's most famous and imposing landmarks and dominates the Zócalo Plaza with is imposing architecture, twin towers and white facade. Known locally as the Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, which translates as 'Our Lady of Solitude', the Acapulco cathedral dates back to 1930 and resembles a mosque in appearance. The cathedral are originally built as a movie set and was soon adopted by the local community, being an important local church and filled with religious artefacts. Inside, the blue domes are especially impressive.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

View of the El Zocalo

El Zócalo

Address: Costera Miguel Alemán, Acapulco, 39300, Mexico, MX
This traditional public square marks the very heart of Acapulco and is used for many prominent events and entertainment, such as regular live music and dancing. El Zócalo is centred around an ornate bandstand and features a number of mature trees which provide welcomed shade and is also surrounded by some of the city's most impressive historical landmarks, such as the cathedral itself, along with numerous restaurants and quality bistros.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Fortin Alvarez

Address: Avenida Fortin, Cerro de la Mira, Acapulco, Mexico, MX
The historic Fortin Alvarez is a small fortress with Colonial-style architecture and plenty of character. With good views, enormous cannons and a number of neighbouring buildings, the Fortin Alvarez is an important local landmark and was built to store gunpowder and weaponry for the nearby Fuerte de San Diego (San Diego Fortress), which is now home to an interesting History Museum.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge