Guadalajara and around

Guadalajara, Mexico's second city, was founded on 14 February 1542. For many years this 'City of Roses' was considered Mexico's most beautiful city as well as one of the most attractive in the western hemisphere. But Guadalajara suffered a fate similar to the capital in the 1970s and 1980s, when many of its finest buildings were torn down in the name of urban progress. However, in the Centro Histórico, graceful
colonial portales
(arcades) still flank scores of old plazas and shaded parks, and extensive, well-managed preservation efforts are underway. Guadalajara has more museums than any other city in Mexico outside of Mexico City itself. At weekends and on public holidays, the historic centre fills with people from all over the state, meandering through the streets (several of which are pedestrianized), passing the time in quaint cafés and enjoying the almost festive charm of a bygone era.

Best time to visit

The climate is mild throughout the year, although in summer it can be thundery at night. Pollution from vehicles can be bad downtown and winter is the worst time for smog. Afternoons are usually clear and sunny and during the rainy summer season smog is less of a problem. Weekends are by far the best time to visit and most attractions are open on Saturday and Sunday. Many cultural venues are closed on Monday.


This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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