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The capital of Mexico’s state of Michoacán is known for well-preserved historic buildings, lakeside scenery and millions of migrating butterflies.

The biggest draw for the Mexican city of Morelia is its well-preserved historic center. Amble along downtown streets filled with Spanish colonial churches, palaces and mansions, all built with pink volcanic stone. Today, many of these buildings house restaurants, museums and hotels.

Morelia was one of the first cities built by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Originally called Valladolid, its name was changed in 1828 to honor José María Morelos y Pavón, a hero of Mexican independence.

Start your historic tour in the colossal baroque Morelia Cathedral with two 230-feet (70-meter) towers. Inside are frescoes and an organ with 4,600 pipes. Return on Saturday nights to see the lighting of the cathedral accompanied by music and fireworks.

Visit the 18th-century Government Palace to see large murals depicting the history of Mexico’s independence movement. Nearby is the Museo Casa Natal de Morelos where the revolutionary leader was born. The house is now a museum chronicling his life. A short walk east, marvel at the ancient aqueduct supported by more than 200 arches.

In late October, more than 60 million monarch butterflies migrate from Canada and the U.S. to western central Mexico’s forests. Take a daytrip to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a protected area 2 hours east of Morelia in the mountains of Michoacán. Observe colonies of colorful flying insects in pine and oyamel firs.

Less than an hour’s drive from Morelia is Lake Pátzcuaro. Browse artisan shops in the lakeside villages. Take a boat to the Isla Janitzio, a small island in the lake. Stroll up the hill to see the statue of Morelos. Along the way, visit restaurants and souvenir shops.

Fly into Morelia’s international airport and explore the city by bus, taxi or rental car. Enjoy other attractions besides history and nature. Listen to the boys’ choir at the Conservatory of the Roses, sample fruit “ates” in the museum dedicated to sweets and dine in restaurants serving regional specialties. Plan to enjoy Morelia’s warm days and cool nights year-round.

Where to stay in Morelia

Morelia Cathedral which includes a church or cathedral and a city

Historic Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(267 area reviews)

Unique features of Historic Centre include the live music and historic sites. Make a stop by Morelia Cathedral or Federal Palace while you're exploring the area.

Historic Centre
Inner peace. You can feel the tranquility and see the beauty of a traditional interior of a house in Patzcuaro,
One of the nicest and oldest towns in Mexico. Patzcuaro has it all, great plazas, delicious food, traditional artcrafts and some kind of old sense of life. 
Ps. Can you see the lady?
trover photo by Manuel Villanueva

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(36 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Centro, Nuestra Senora de la Salud Basilica and Basque of Quiroga Square are top sights worth seeing.

Centro

Top Hotels in Morelia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Casino Morelia
Hotel Casino Morelia
3 out of 5
Portal Hidalgo 229 Centro, Morelia, MICH
$54
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Located in Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza de Armas, Rose Garden, and Morelia Cathedral. Federal Palace and Las Tarascas Fountain ...

4.2/5Very Good! (741 reviews)

"Perfect location across the street from the Cathedral and public square. Excellent food at the restaurant featuring regional special dishes"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Hotel Casino Morelia
Hotel de la Soledad
Hotel de la Soledad
4.5 out of 5
Ignacio Zaragoza 90 Col Centro, Morelia, MICH
$143
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in Historic Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza de Armas and Morelia Cathedral. Museum of Colonial Art and Mariano Matamoros ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (635 reviews)

"Phenomenon property Excellent restaurant Very attentive staff Very comfortable beds A steal for a hotel of this quality"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Hotel de la Soledad
Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia
Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia
4 out of 5
Av Ventura Puente Esq Camelina, Morelia, MICH
$47
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

This family-friendly Morelia hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Morelia Convention Center, Benito Juarez Zoo, and Morelia Museum ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,095 reviews)

"Great place clean. And. Fantastic food and pool was good. All personal very friendly. I will stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Best Western Plus Gran Hotel Morelia

Popular things to do in Morelia

Morelia Cathedral
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Morelia Cathedral

5/5(149 reviews)

View a range of architectural styles and rare 16th-century artwork when you visit this stunning cathedral in Morelia's Central Plaza.

Rose Garden
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Rose Garden

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Rose Garden, a lovely green space in Morelia. While in this walkable area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

Federal Palace
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Federal Palace

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Morelia’s administrative hub is housed in a French-style former convent and remains one of the town’s architectural highlights.

Basque of Quiroga Square
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Basque of Quiroga Square

5/5(17 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Patzcuaro with a stop at Basque of Quiroga Square. Amble around the area's lakeside or experience its festivals.

Plaza de Armas
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Plaza de Armas

4.5/5(105 reviews)

The attractive landscaped gardens and stunning views of Morelia Cathedral make this historic square a great place to stop a while.

Las Tarascas Fountain
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Las Tarascas Fountain

4.5/5(89 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Morelia when you stop by Las Tarascas Fountain. While in this walkable area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.

Top activities in Morelia

The Best of Morelia Walking Tour
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The Best of Morelia Walking Tour

$299
Per adult
Pelicano Borregón 2020. Salida desde Morelia, Michoacán.
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Pelicano Borregón 2020. Salida desde Morelia, Michoacán.

$64
Per adult
Private Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Tour
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Private Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$120
Per adult

Reviews of Morelia

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

A great place to visit for 2-3 days. Several day trips from Morelia are possible. This hotel would be great for a personal solo retreat because of the environment.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 7, 2020

This is a great city to do a vacation time is safe people are very nice city has many place where to go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Love visiting Morelia. There is a lot of history to see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

Beautiful city. Lots of history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Beautiful colonial city center. Highly recommend candy market, eating at the portales across from the cathedral, cathedral, regional arts & crafts cultural center, and of course the enchiladas morelianas.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

oBeautifully clean city

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