Discover Mexico’s Finest Colonial Towns

Mexico is a beautiful country with many stunning amazing colonial highlights that reveal the
fascinating history of the country. Mexico was conquered and colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century and it remained part of the Spanish Empire for three full centuries. There is evidence of this rule throughout the country and it has had a significant impact on the cultural identity found here. There are many places to see colonial architecture and other highlights, but here are a few of the best places that will show you the intriguing history of Mexico and allow you to immerse yourself in its vibrant culture.

Queretaro

Technically a Free and Sovereign State in north-Central Mexico, Queretaro’s historic capital of
Santiago de Queretaro is filled with stunning Spanish colonial architecture which makes it feel as if you are stepping back through time when you visit here. Highlights include the baroque Santa
Rosa de Viterbo church, the ochre San Francisco church and Los Arcos – an aqueduct with striking pink stone arches. There are also lots of attractive Hoteles en Queretaro to consider during your stay.

Puebla

Puebla is a lively, fun and colourful municipality in east-central Mexico, but it has managed to
retain its unique colonial shell – this creates a wonderful setting for a fun trip with plenty to see and do. The remarkable Puebla Cathedral with large bell towers overlooks the busy central square which is a hub for activity. Puebla is also a great destination for food lovers looking to indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine.

Morelia

The capital of the state of Michoacán in the heart of the country, Morelia is known as an elegant
colonial city with brilliantly preserved 17th and 18th-century buildings that were built from the
region’s pink stone. It is the ideal destination for strolling the streets and soaking up the
atmosphere, plus its location high in the Guayangareo Valle allows for amazing views over the
countryside.

Cuernavaca

Found nestled within the Tepozteco Mountains not far from Mexico City, Cuernavaca is the capital of Morelos and is known for its lush gardens and colonial city centre. It features the spectacular 16th-century Palace of Cortés, which was previously the home of Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortés but is now a brilliant museum. Cuernavaca is a great escape from Mexico City due to its stable climate and gorgeous vegetation, but it is also a fun place to visit with a busy town centre and central plaza.

Oaxaca

Found in central Mexico, Oaxaca is a cultural hub with plenty of historical attractions, busy plazas, great food and a friendly atmosphere. Many of the colonial buildings are made from green volcanic stone with many elegant churches and colourful murals which show the fascinating history of the area.

Mexico’s colonial past plays an important role in its cultural identity and this can be seen
throughout the land. If you want to immerse yourself in this, there are the best colonial towns to
visit each brilliantly showcasing the stunning architecture but with their own distinct personalities.

Ash Bex
Travel hacker, surfer, and blogger exploring the world in my own time. Since quitting my job in 2014 I earn my living online working remotely from coffee shops across the globe.
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