Built in the 16th century, Morelia is an outstanding example of urban planning which combines the ideas of the Spanish ... More
Historic Centre of Morelia
Built in the 16th century, Morelia is an outstanding example of urban planning which combines the ideas of the Spanish Renaissance with the Mesoamerican experience. Well-adapted to the slopes of the hill site, its streets still follow the original layout. More than 200 historic buildings, all in the region's characteristic pink stone, reflect the town's architectural history, revealing a masterly and eclectic blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements. Morelia was the birthplace of several important personalities of independent Mexico and has played a major role in the country's history.
Morelia is a beautiful city. You will fall in love with her. The architecture is breath taking, made with local quarried stone, columns are abundant, and there is no shortage of wrought iron adornment.
The aquaduct that runs through the city along with the many covered walkways with arches and columns gives this city a European feel. Then you stop and think these beautiful buildings (well over 1,200 colonial buildings) are around 400 years old.
The food is exceptional and plentiful. Bring your comfortable shoes there is plenty to see. Remember the butterflies are nearby during the Winter. The tourist info. booth can help to arrange any needed tours.
I strongly recommend this city. This city is not as strong as Oaxaca on the art scene, but it holds it's own in beautiful buildings and fountains.
Splurge and stay at the Virrey or check out some of the local hotels near the aquaduct...hotel de la artiste was nice. You won't be disappointed as long as you are in Morelia.
Morelia is accomodating, friendly, and inexpensive (stay at the Hotel Colonial-- don't mess with expensive places). Since the bus station moved away from the centre, some of the best breakfasts anywhere in Mexico were shipped out; but there is still great food all throughout the center. Walk East towd the tarasca fountain and beyond to a good bookstore. See the zoo. Visit the museums. I especially like the one close to Jardin de las Rosas, also known as Parque Cervantes. Right in the park, the Cafe del Observatorio (I think that's what it's called) has great espresso and good food. You're around the corner from a movie theatre, too. The university (south of the zocalo) and the Sports Centre (SE along the acueducto) are places to get more exercise if you need it. But you can easily walk 10 miles a day in this town. Morelia ranks up there with Xalapa, Queretaro, Oaxaca as a colonial gem, and a good place to live. I'll keep quiet about my other favorites.
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