Guidebooks often refer to Morelia as “the coolest city you’ve never been to” or the “best secret in Mexico.” In almost any other country it would be splashed all over every tourism brochure and touted as a major destination. With stately colonial buildings (most from the 17th century), shady plazas, and some of the country’s most striking churches, it’s easy to stroll around the streets wondering what took you so long to visit this striking UNESCO World Heritage Center.
Morelia is also known for its food, especially sweets: the Mercado de las Dulces is a whole market dedicated to candy stores. It is also a great place for exploring museums and buying quality crafts from all over Michoacán state. It serves as a base for a journey to the famous monarch butterfly reserve.
Patzcuaro is one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos and has received government money to restore and preserve the town’s unique historic architecture. It does feel like a magical place for strolling, with picturesque cobblestone streets, adobe and wood homes with red tiles roofs, and two grand plazas in the center. The town is a one of the biggest draws in Mexico for the Day of the Dead holiday at the beginning of November. All year, this is a great base for exploring the craft villages around the lake and taking a trip to the largest island in the center—Janitzio.
Luxury Hotels in Morelia
Cantera Diez Boutique Hotel — Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Los Juaninos — Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Villa Montaña Hotel & Spa — Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Luxury Hotels in Pátzcuaro
Casa de los Suenos — Pátzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico