Lesser-known magical towns to visit this Easter holiday

In Mexico there are 132 magical cities and in distribution, so far Mexico City is the only entity that does not have any; Additionally, states such as Baja California, Campeche, Colima, Durango, and Tabasco have only one: Tecate, Palizada, Comala, Mapimi, and Tapijulapa respectively. On the other hand, the states with the most titles are the State of Mexico and Puebla with nine Magic Cities each.

Some of them with beaches, others surrounded by jungle, many of them with parishes and also those very close to archaeological areas; each has something unique that can be discovered in a weekend.

Magic towns with beach

Baja California Sur has two magical towns with beaches. On the Gulf of California side is Loreto, a paradise in the middle of the desert cataloged as the oldest city in the Californias with a date that dates back to 1697. On Isla del Carmen, very close to this place, whale watching and historic center is a must.

On the Pacific Ocean side at the tip of the state and very close to Los Cabos is Todos Santos, a town of colonial architecture that is home to the California Hotel, whose locals say the Eagles’ song has been inspired.

The Jesuit Mission of Loreto, built in 1697.Wolfgang Kaehler (LightRocket via Getty Images)

Isla Aguada is located in Campeche, an area important for its biodiversity. Among the animals that can be seen in this area are sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins and various migratory birds.

Below, in the Mayan region of Yucatan, is the fishing port of Sisal, which in its ecosystem is home to flamingos, iguanas and a spring where the waters of the mangroves meet the sea.

Magical Towns near Mexico City

Morelos, Puebla, State of Mexico, Tlaxcala and Hidalgo, the states closest to Mexico City, total 27 magical cities. Among the best known are Teotihuacán, Valle de Bravo, Tepoztlán and Real del Monte; On the other hand, the little-explored Magic Cities have an unparalleled tourist appeal.

Ixtapan de la Sal in the State of Mexico is known for its spas with hot springs and the Grutas de la Estrella. In this same state is Aculco, a site declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which counts among its attractions the La Concepción waterfall, the Tixhiñú waterfall and the La Cofradía hacienda belonging to the family of Francisco I. Madero.

In Tlaxcala is Huamantla, a place known for its sawdust carpets and its fair known as “la Huamantlada”. In addition, in this place is the volcano La Malinche, one of the highest in Mexico.

In Puebla there is a place that every Christmas is filled with visitors for its tradition of making spheres. Chignahuapan has hot springs, a Mudéjar-style kiosk and the 12-meter virgin of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Very close to this site is Zacatlán de las manzanas, a magical town that stands out for making all kinds of apple products and its traditional cheese bread.

The dome of the former convent of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, in Huamantla, Tlaxcala.
The dome of the former convent of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, in Huamantla, Tlaxcala.AGF (Universal Images Group via Getty)

Magical towns ideal for buying crafts

In the list of the program of the Ministry of Tourism, there are several magic towns known for their crafts. Puebla, as already mentioned, has Chignahuapan which stands out for the manufacture of spheres, but this state is also recognized for the Talavera which is manufactured, for the most part, in the magic cities of Atlixco and Cholula.

Taxco de Alarcón, in Guerrero, is known for the design and sale of silverware, the parish of Santa Prisca in pink stone and an example of the Churrigueresque architectural style and its impressive Holy Week celebrations.

The name of one of the country’s flagship distillates is due to the origin of its manufacture in Tequila, Jalisco, which makes it the best place to buy and consume this alcoholic drink. In this same state is the most important place to buy crafts: Tlaquepaque. textiles; Woods; ceramic; blown and drawn glass; papier mâché and any piece you are looking for, can be found on this site less than half an hour from Guadalajara.

To know the 132 Magical Towns, consult the following map:

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