Morelia is like a beautiful pink rose in the center of Mexico. The downtown area is a UNESCO world heritage site known for the colonial pink cantera stone buildings constructed during the 1500’s which have been preserved into present day. Check out the musical conservatory here called the Conservatorio de las Rosas built during the 1700’s which houses a rose garden inside and where musicians still play today.
If you’re lucky you can catch the International Guitar Festival when it visits Morelia. Something not to be missed! Also be sure to see the Catedral de Morelia which is not only beautiful on its own but there is a firework show on saturdays beginning at 8:45PM in front of the cathedral which is a can’t-miss. The nearby Plaza de Armas is lovely and has live dancing and musical shows as well as surrounding shopping, restaurants and street artists and vendors. Grab an ice cream, churro, taco, and whatever else you want super cheap while you stroll this lovely plaza.
Near the downtown area be sure to check out the Mercado de Dulces, the marketplace of sweets. This place has every kind of Mexican candy you can imagine and more. They also sell knick knacks, purses, and clothing. Also head over to the historic hotel Virrey de Mondoza which is a lovely place to stay while in Morelia and which is also like stepping into a museum with a gorgeous mosaic on the ceiling. Near this hotel is the Biblioteca Publica de la Universidad Michoacana, a beautiful library to sit down and relax for a while. The Museo Regional Mexicano is also worth seeing with its pre-hispanic relics of the Michoacan region.
Also head to the Palacio Clavijero which is an architecturally luring building with two stories of artwork. For more art, see the nearby Palacio de Gobierno Estado, the government palace, which houses painted murals on its walls. When you’d like to watch the sun set, head to the Hotel Alameda where you can go to the roof which they have turned into a restaurant, order a coffee and have a panoramic view of the city. It is beautiful both day and night. Also to note to see are the Santuario de Guadalupe and Parroquia del Sagrario Metropolitano which are gorgeous churches. Another place to note is the Museo Casa del Morelia, the museum house of Jose Morelos, the war hero after which the city is named.
If you’re up for a day of adventure and climbing pyramids check out Tzintzuntzan. Also worth noting is Patzcuaro. Take a bus to this cute and quaint pueblo mágico which is also a great place to go for Day of the Dead because they make candle and flower offerings to the dead and release them onto the lake at night. Day of the Dead is from Oct 31-Nov2.