When you hear the word “Mexico,” do you think “beaches”? If you do, you’re not alone – the country’s stretches of soft sand and turquoise waves are well-known for very good reason. But Mexico doesn’t start and end at its coasts – inland, travelers will find a mind-boggling array of places to visit. Some of the best of those are the country’s colonial towns and cities, which blend cultural tradition, historic heritage, gorgeous architecture and more than just a dash of romance. So if you’ve never considered Mexico beyond the beach, get ready to be swept off your feet by these 10 classic colonial cities.
San Miguel de Allende|
If it’s your first time heading to Mexico to explore its colonial towns, this should be your first stop. A large expat population means that creature comforts for visitors are plentiful, but more than that, it’s simply one of the most beautiful places anywhere in the country. Stroll the cobblestone streets between art galleries, marvel at neo-Gothic splendor of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel church and then drift off to blissful sleep in a tastefully decorated colonial mansion-turned-hotel.
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