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.
As the most visited place of the city, and declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, this building has been both an orphanage and military barracks during the Mexican revolution, and now it is a museum with the murals of José Clemente Orozco.
Tapatío is the colloquial name for the inhabitants of the city, and the moniker given to this pedestrian corridor. Built in 1982 with the intention of uniting the city that had traditionally been divided in east and west, it’s a nice place to walk and take some pictures.
This museum shows works of art, concerts and exhibitions. The five rooms and an auditorium surrounding a large central courtyard are a privileged place for showcases of painting, photography or sculpture by national and international artists.
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.
This place to the east of the city is a shopper’s paradise of crafts and souvenirs worth knowing about. If you’re looking for souvenirs to take home, browse among the colourful offerings to pick up a gift or two for loved ones back home.