The 10 most beautiful cities in Mexico
Mexico is a very big country to cover all its interesting places at once. When planning a trip to Mexico, check out our selection of the 10 most beautiful cities in Mexico.
Which city in Mexico do we like best? Or which ones do we recommend to visit? These are very tough questions. If you get a chance, visit them all in turn!
Our list is in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.
The city itself may not seem as charming as the other cities on this list. But walking its streets, looking at the murals of the government palace, and delving a little deeper into the simple neighborhoods, one begins to feel its special charm. Plaza Patria is the central tourist spot in the city.
A good time to come to Aguascalientes is to visit the San Marcos Fair. But even without the fair, the Jardin de San Marcos is probably the city’s best attraction. The garden is full of cute squirrels that will greet you throughout your walk.
Ciudad de México (CDMX) / Mexico City
The nation’s capital is huge, and in a huge metropolis, it’s hard to choose one thing you’ll like. Mexico City has an endless number of places to remember for their beauty, national flavor and historical value. A week would not be enough to see even the main attractions in Mexico City. You have to come back here again and again.
In CDMX (as the federal district of Mexico is now called) you can visit Chapultepec Castle, the Los Pinos Cultural Center (which was the home of the presidents), the Palace of Fine Arts, the historic center, and in the Ministry of Education see Diego Rivera’s frescos. The Museum of Anthropology and the Cathedral are also a must-see. And the list goes on endlessly. It is the diversity of choices that makes Mexico City one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Mexico’s jewel, the capital of the state which gave us tequila and many Mexican traditions. Just like Mexico City it is a city where the number of historical sites and monuments is enormous. In the historic center, the Plaza de Armas, the Teatro Degollado, and several cathedrals are a must-see.
You can not miss a tour of the municipal market. You might want to take back traditional Mexican clothing, textiles, or beautiful handicrafts for which the state of Jalisco is so famous.
Although it is the state capital, it doesn’t feel like a huge city. Its center is so rich in history, colors, and beauty that Guanajuato is considered almost the most Mexican city, a concentration of Mexican traditions. Be sure to walk its alleys, starting with the famous Alley of Kisses. It’s totally safe and very romantic!
There is a tradition in Guanajuato: where music students and bands simply take to the streets and give their music to all passersby. Walking around the city, go up to the Pipila Monument, it’s an explosion of colors.
And if you’re brave enough, you can take a tour of the Guanajuato Mummy Museum, which even made it into movies like The Saint vs. the Mummies of Guanajuato.
Mérida / Merida
The so-called “white city”, the capital of the state of Yucatán, is considered one of the safest cities in Mexico. Everything that surrounds the Plaza de Armas already deserves an unqualified visit. One of the main historical symbols of Merida is the Casa de Montejo mansion, as well as the Palacio de Gobierno, which today houses the government offices of the state of Yucatán. Don’t miss the free activities offered by the city’s tourist office, such as the Vaqueria dance. The best place to walk would be the historic Paseo de Montejo Boulevard, in the late 19th century this street was where the wealthiest townspeople built their luxurious mansions. On the boulevard is the magnificent Palacio Canton, which is now the site of the Regional Museum of Anthropology.
Also, when you come to Mérida, don’t forget to try such masterpieces of Yucatecan cuisine as papadasulas, panuchos, cochinita pibil and others.
The city where the hero of Mexican Independence, José María Morelos y Pavón, was born. Visiting its historic center, we will see very nice beautiful churches, parks and the winter garden of Roses. The Aqueduct of Morelia appears on the 50 peso bill – you must see it too.
The Michoacán Craft Museum in the former convent of San Francisco is also worth a visit, and you’re sure to buy something to remember the city by.
The city is famous for the Battle of May 5th which ended with the victory over the French. Located between four volcanoes, Puebla is considered the baroque cradle of Mexico. The Baroque Cathedral is very popular with tourists. Very close by is the municipal palace of Elizabethan architecture. The Sugar House (Casa del Alfenike) is another famous Baroque building. Among other unusual and beautiful buildings we would like to mention the House of Dolls.
If you want to buy handicrafts, especially talavera, go to the district of El Parian. There are artisan workshops and markets here, and you will find many of the very beautiful authentic items for which Puebla is so famous.
Querétaro / Queretaro
Queretaro is considered by some to be the most beautiful and most historic city in Mexico. In this city, the capital of the state of the same name, in addition to visiting the historic center, which is very beautiful and colorful, it is also worth visiting the Cerro de las Campanas. This is the place where Maximilian of Hapsburg was shot and where Mexican history took a decisive turn toward eventual independence.
Walking through the streets of the historic center, we suggest eating melted cakes or delicious tamales. Just sitting on a park bench in the park and watching the world spin is a particularly nice thing to do in Queretaro.
San Luis Potosí / San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí can rightly be called synonymous with beautiful architecture. One of the oldest colonial towns in Mexico, it was once an important silver mining center and even the seat of government. It is a city that immediately fascinates with its squares, gardens, and churches. The historic center makes you want to return again and again. San Luis Potosi has more historic plazas than any other colonial city in Mexico. Plaza de Armas is the most visited square in the city. Consider San Francisco Park with its University Alley.
If you have time, you can stroll through Tangamanga Park, which after Chapultepec is one of the largest in Mexico. If you’re lucky enough to attend an event like the Templo del Carmen or the Fiesta de Luz, you’ll have a lasting impression of the city!
San Miguel de Allende / San Miguel de Allende
Hometown of independence hero Miguel Allende, it is located in the state of Guanajuato. When the state was the center of silver mining in Mexico, hence the wealth and beauty of the local cities. Up to 90% of the attractions of San Miguel de Allende are within a short walk of the city center. Don’t miss the parish of San Miguel Arcangel (Church of the Holy Archangel Michael), a must-see postcard of the city, as well as the Municipal Palace or the Temple of Oratory.
Walking around the center, you will notice that the dominant colors are yellow and ochre. It is one of the cities in Mexico where you can’t help but feel that it is “made for tourists”, so beautiful is the coloring of some of the buildings. It is one of those cities where a large part of the permanent population is made up of foreigners, especially Americans.