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Puebla
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Puebla

Camino Real Puebla Angelopolis
Camino Real Puebla Angelopolis
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard Atlixcayotl Km 5, Fraccionamiento La Vista, San Andrés Cholula, PUE
The price is $37 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Angelopolis, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from International Baroque Museum and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Angelopolis Commercial Center. Anahuac University ...

3.8/5Good! (994 reviews)

"Excellent costumer service! Excellent location. The loaf was absolutely gorgeous."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

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
The price is $78 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Angelopolis, this family-friendly Puebla hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Estrella de Puebla Observation Wheel and Angelopolis Commercial Center. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (772 reviews)

"The staff was great during my stay. Beautiful hotel"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Grand Fiesta Americana Puebla Angelópolis
Four Points By Sheraton Puebla
Four Points By Sheraton Puebla
4 out of 5
Boulevard Hermanos Serdssn No 102, Colonia Real Del Monte, Puebla, PUE
The price is $33 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

Located in the heart of Puebla, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Estrella de Puebla Observation Wheel and within 6 mi (10 km) of Centro Expositor and Finsa ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (737 reviews)

"The hotel is great located, the staff is friendly and always attentive, room was nice , but I found it to basic, I didnt had a feeling of being comfy or “at home” it was to basics amenities, I guess it is missing something that make each guest stay more pleasant!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Four Points By Sheraton Puebla
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Vacation Rentals in Puebla

Staybridge Suites Puebla
Staybridge Suites Puebla
3 out of 5
Blvd. Hermanos Serdan 810, Col. El Riego Sur, Puebla, PUE
The price is $48 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Parque del Paseo de Los Gigantes and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from FINSA. Cuexcomate Volcano and Galerías ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (327 reviews)
loved it

"Beautiful property that is clean and comfortable. Full kitchen, comfortable beds, nice decor. Great breakfast. Plus a view is the 2 volcanos. We will stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Staybridge Suites Puebla
Suites La Concordia
Suites La Concordia
3.5 out of 5
11 Poniente #301, Historic Center, Puebla, PUE
The price is $30 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Puebla Historic Center, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Puebla Cathedral, Amparo Museum, and Zocalo Square. Street of Candies ...

4.2/5Excellent! (129 reviews)
Almost great

"Only short walk to center. Great little kitchen. Clean-Clean. Room was cleaned every day. Quiet interior room, don’t know about exterior rooms. We stayed there for 2 weeks and as we were saying our good buys at the front door, we were asked to pay 30 pesos for the small bottle of water left on the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Suites La Concordia
Villas Grand Gardenia
Villas Grand Gardenia
3.5 out of 5
Paseo de los Fresnos 8, Col. La Moraleda, Atlixco, PUE
The price is $91 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Atlixco, this villa is 1 mi (1.7 km) from El Cristo Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Capilla de la Tercera Orden and Atlixco Square. Hermita San ...

4.1/5Very Good! (46 reviews)

"TOTALMENTE NUEVO, MUY COMODO Y AMPLIO, SEGURO Y CON PRIVACIDAD."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Villas Grand Gardenia
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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