Puebla

Travel Guide
Zocalo Square which includes night scenes

One of the oldest cities in Mexico fascinates visitors with its Spanish colonial buildings, creative cuisines and artistic output.

In a valley between four volcanoes is Puebla, a Spanish colonial site with more than 2,000 historic buildings. Look for vintage façades covered in Talavera tiles, baroque churches adorned with statues of angels, elaborate towers and colonial mansions.

Puebla was founded in 1531. At the heart of the historic center is the Zócalo, the rectangular main plaza that’s been here from the beginning. Start your visit in the lively square. Every day thousands of locals come here to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Street musicians perform folk tunes, hawkers vend their wares, and cafés and shops do brisk business.

Contemplate the architecture of the impressive Puebla Cathedral on the Zócalo’s south side. It is a mix of baroque, Renaissance and neoclassical styles. Look around the spacious interior with its richly decorated chapels. Climb one of the bell towers for impressive views of the city and volcanoes.

Wander through the historic center to discover more old buildings. Visit the Chapel of the Rosary to admire its opulent baroque interior. See pre-Columbian and colonial art at Museo Amparo, housed in 16th-century buildings.

Puebla is also popular for its gastronomy. The city is credited with the invention of mole poblano, a thick, spicy sauce. Try fine dining throughout Puebla, as well as convenient street vendors offering empanadas and molotes.

For art and crafts, visit Barrio del Artista where you can watch artists in their studios and buy their work. On the weekends, look for more art, locally made jewelry, rugs, clothes and lucky charms at the flea market in Plazuela de los Sapos.

When you’ve filled your shopping bags and finished admiring Puebla’s architecture, travel 20 minutes west to the Great Pyramid of Cholula.

Puebla is 82 miles (132 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City. Both are served by international airports. You can get around Puebla by bus, although there aren’t any route maps or scheduled stops. Alternatively, hail a taxi or rent a car. Plan for moderate temperatures year-round and a somewhat rainy summer.

Where to stay in Puebla

Camino Real Puebla Angelopolis
Camino Real Puebla Angelopolis
4 out of 5
Boulevard Atlixcayotl Km 5, Fraccionamiento La Vista, San Andrés Cholula, PUE, 72810
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $42 per night from May 22 to May 23
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3.8/5 Good! (968 reviews)
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Camino Real Puebla Angelopolis
Grand Fiesta Americana Puebla Angelópolis
Grand Fiesta Americana Puebla Angelópolis
4.5 out of 5
Calle Osa Mayor Número 2507, Col. Reserva Territorial Atlixcayot, Puebla, PUE, 72190
The price is $105 per night from May 29 to May 30
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (962 reviews)
"I like the service, cleanliness and location"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Grand Fiesta Americana Puebla Angelópolis
Banyan Tree Puebla
Banyan Tree Puebla
5 out of 5
10 Norte #1402, Col. Barrio del Alto, Puebla, PUE, 72000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $144 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Puebla. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (310 reviews)
"Loved it. Great service and beautiful rooms."

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Banyan Tree Puebla
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Suites La Concordia
Suites La Concordia
3.5 out of 5
11 Poniente #301, Historic Center, Puebla, PUE, 72000
The price is $29 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Puebla. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (144 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and helpful. It is an excellent value for the money."

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Suites La Concordia
Villas Grand Gardenia
Villas Grand Gardenia
3.5 out of 5
Paseo de los Fresnos 8, Col. La Moraleda, Atlixco, PUE, 74293
The price is $65 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star villa in Atlixco. Enjoy free WiFi, a children's pool, and room service. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (71 reviews)
"Muy bien"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2021

Villas Grand Gardenia
CLUB GOLF EL CRISTO ATLIXCO JACUZZY ALBERCA
CLUB GOLF EL CRISTO ATLIXCO JACUZZY ALBERCA
Atlixco, PUE
The price is $150 per night from May 21 to May 22
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Atlixco. Enjoy an outdoor pool, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions El Cristo Golf Club and Parque Ayoa ...
1/5 (1 review)
"Nunca nos mandaron la información para entrar a estar propiedad perdimos horas en llamadas en el teléfono con la gente de expedía y de vrbo y 2 días antes de nuestra llegada nos dijeron que ups nadie nos contesta a nosotros tampoco, nos dejaron sin casa y aún no devuelven el dinero, no recomiendo ..."

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2020

CLUB GOLF EL CRISTO ATLIXCO JACUZZY ALBERCA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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