20 Must-Visit Attractions in Guadalajara

Guadalajara at night I © Enrique Vázquez/Flickr
Guadalajara at night I © Enrique Vázquez/Flickr
Photo of Pablo Mares
18 May 2017

As one of the most important cities in Mexico and best-known as the home of tequila and mariachi music, Guadalajara has a great deal to offer beyond tipples and tunes. With beautiful buildings, a fascinating history, and a rich heritage that continues to draw visitors from far and wide, its attractions are many. Here we’ve whittled down the best on offer to bring you the must-visits of the city.

Teatro Degollado

The most important theater for the arts of the city, this icon of Guadalajara was built in the neoclassical style and was inaugurated in 1866.

Calle Degollado S/N, Centro, Zona Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, +52 33 3658 0520

Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco

This building was opened in 1774 and is currently the seat of state government. The venue has four murals by José Clemente Orozco. Admission is free from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Avenida Ramón Corona No. 31,, Centro, Zona Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, +52 33 3668 1825

Templo Expiatorio

Building, Church
Map View
One of Guadalajara's most ornate architectural highlights
One of Guadalajara's most ornate architectural highlights | One of Guadalajara's most ornate architectural highlights
This Catholic Temple is of neo-Gothic architectural style – its construction began in 1897, and took 75 years to complete.

Tlaquepaque

Art Gallery
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Colourful art installations in Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Colourful art installations in Tlaquepaque, Mexico | Colourful art installations in Tlaquepaque, Mexico
Just a few minutes from the historic center of Guadalajara is Tlaquepaque, a colorful area that retains the charm of a small typical Mexican town.

Atmosphere:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Accessible (Deaf), Accessible (Blind), Family Friendly

Basílica de Zapopan

Every year millions of believers make the pilgrimage from the center of Guadalajara to the center of Zapopan, part of the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, in one of the largest religious processions in the country. The tour begins in the Cathedral of Guadalajara and ends in the basilica at Zapopan.

Calle Eva Briseño 152, Zapopan Centro, Zapopan, Jalisco, México, +52 33 3676 1726

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