Morelia | Vacations and Travel to Morelia
Morelia is the capital of Michoacan, a state known as “The Soul of Mexico”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this colonial city has quiet streets that offer plenty of history, beauty and culture.
The city has preserved the grandeur and elegance of its historic center along with the simple baroque architecture that the area is famous for, although Morelia is also home to modern districts where you’ll find shopping malls, golf courses and hotels that surround the downtown area. This appealing vacation destination is popular thanks to its pleasant climate, exquisite cuisine and warm hospitality.
World Heritage Site
Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Morelia’s historic center is known for its colonial buildings, which stand as reminders of the viceroyalty era. Constructed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the historic center was made from pink quarry stone and features hundreds of attractive buildings, beautiful houses, and streets that have retained their original design. Over time, many of these structures have become cultural centers, restaurants and hotels while still paying tribute to their original architectural styles.
A Brief History
Approximately six thousand years ago the area was inhabited by various civilizations, including the predominant Purepecha tribe, who were also known as the Tarascan.
Morelia has had three names since its original inception. In ancient times it was known as Guayangareo until in 1541 it became the city of Valladolid by the order of the Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza. During this time, the city absorbed the town of the Franciscan friars and the territories of the indigenous people living in the region. In 1828, the name of Valladolid was replaced by Morelia in honor of the leader Don Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, a National Hero and illustrious son of the city.
- A colonial city that offers plenty of cultural activities
- The historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The city has a great historical significance for the country’s struggle for independence
- Lots of great selection of museums, theaters and art venues
- The ideal starting point for visiting enchanting towns in Michoacan, like Patzcuaro and Janitzio
- Offers extraordinary cuisine created by combining indigenous and colonial influences
- Home to a variety of hotels that suit all budgets and tastes
Things to do in Morelia
- Visit buildings in the historic center, including the Cathedral, City Hall and the Public Library.
- Attend the Cathedral light show on Saturday night to enjoy music and fireworks.
- Take a guided tour of the city or enjoy a tram ride.
- Travel to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is considered one of the most beautiful temples in the country.
- Try local specialties like “uchepos” (corn tamales), “corundas” (tamales filled with beef and vegetables) or tarasca soup.
- Purchase delicious traditional desserts at the Candy Market or the Candy Museum.
- Admire the beautifully decorated city at the beginning of November, when Noche de Muertos (Night of the Dead) is celebrated.
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