PICTURESQUE Mexico

A glance into the most beautiful colonial cities.

The architectural heritage of Mexico is the result of an amazing cocktail of colors and cultures from many continents. Pre-Hispanic influences, Castilian colonial style, Neoclassic, Art-Deco and Art Nouveau trends, and cutting-edge designs, make the local architecture a real mix of cultures that delight our eyes with exquisite aesthetics.

 

The use of wood, stone, brick and plaster, as well as the bold use of multicolored facades are part of the architecture, furniture and decorative elements of the traditional Mexican style.

Here are three of the many cities that boast the most picturesque colonial architecture of Mexico. Follow our suggestions to have a complete luxury holiday.

 

Mérida

The capital of Yucatan is a haven of calm and Maya culture. With its museums, restaurants and boutiques, and majestic mansions along the famous Paseo de Montejo, the white colonial city of Mérida is the heart of a region with a distinct cultural identity.

Stay at the iconic Fiesta Americana Mérida, where the lobby’s cool tile floor and  central fountain surrounded by comfortable armchairs evoke the elegance of an era when henequen production made Mérida one of the world’s richest cities.  The hotel’s Porfirian-style architecture retains an exquisite elegance, coupled with just the right amount of modernity and technology to ensure a pleasurable stay.

Eat at Nectar, and try the new cuisine from Yucatan. The restaurant uses cutting edge techniques, but retains the culture and the essence of local roots. They not only offer a meal, but a culinary experience.

Experience charming colorful markets, visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World at Chichen Itza, and relax in the pristine waters of a cenote (natural swimming hole).

San Miguel de Allende

Romantic and historically beautiful, this city gives the feeling of being in a small town in the heart of Mexico. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic center filled with buildings from past centuries; narrow cobbled streets, tree-lined courtyards and fine architectural details. The city manages to be quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time.

Stay at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada for an unforgettable experience.

Colorful gardens, colonial stone arches, and wooden doors surrounding courtyards, are all illuminated at nightfall creating a warm and romantic atmosphere.

Enjoy a three-hour gastronomic experience dedicated to Frida Kahlo in Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. A seven-course tasting menu prepared by their talented chefs is paired with the best wines, carefully selected by their sommelier, who often draws from the production of local vineyards.

Oaxaca

Oaxaca, pronounced “Wahaca,” is a fascinating destination rich in history and culture. It has ancient civilizations, colonial architecture, and living traditions. Visitors can enjoy culture, gastronomy, and the warmth of local people in this city with two UNESCO World Heritage sites:  the Monte Alban archaeological site, and the historic center.

Enjoy a unique stay at the Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles & Spa. This 18th century hacienda resplendent with traditional Mexican architecture, colorful gardens and fine laurel trees, offers pleasant, luxurious accommodation.

Eat at Los Danzantes and discover Mexican gastronomical treasures in a space that fuses traditional and contemporary Mexican culture.

Experience the art of Mezcal production and taste the pan de muertos a special bread made for the Día de los Muertos holiday. Visit some of Oaxaca’s indigenous towns where artisans continue creating handicrafts using century-old traditions. Towns to visit include Teotitlan del Valle, San Martin Tilcajete, San Bartolo Coyotepec, and Santo Tomas Jalieza.