Guanajuato: A Destination to Share

A colonial charm that sets the mood.

By Notimex Monday, June 29, 2015 comments

Quality time with the one you love in a special place, a vacation, an escape, a time to enjoy each other… Letting that destination’s charm unite and strengthen the love and appreciation for those little moments in life that give meaning to it… Collecting memories, details, flavors and experiences in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.

The beautiful colonial style of this state and its different cities, including San Miguel de Allende, Leon, and the state’s capital, Guanajuato, are the perfect place for you to visit with your loved one. The state offers a variety of contrasting scenarios: small colonial towns with cosmopolitan spirit, modern cities with classic architectural style and an overall atmosphere of kindness.

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel Allende

Personally, I would say that this city is the perfect definition of what a romantic destination should look like. It is a place that seems frozen in time, with narrow cobblestone streets and well preserved quaint architecture. It might seem like it’s straight out of a fairy tale… an ideal setting for romance.

There are several options: flying over the city in a hot air balloon, taking a nighttime horseback ride, visit a vineyard or spend a relaxing evening in a spa. Indulge in delicious meals, stroll together throughout the historic center, go shopping for antiques, craft and art pieces, or even engage in some more extreme activities such as rappel, or ATV tours.

Leon

Leon guanajuato hot air balloon festival

Essentially an industrial and commercial city, Mexico’s capital of leather goods (an important source of income for the country). It’s also a place that has kept its traditions, architecture and its town-like soul. In Leon there’s so much to see: museums, cathedrals, temples, parks, buildings and many other places to explore together.

Leon is also a place where several festivals and festivities are held, including the Combate de Flores (lit. “Flower combat”), an old, romantic tradition where men and women gather at the Parque de los Mártires del 2 de Enero, or other plazas and parks , walking around with a flower in hand, and offering it to someone you like, awaiting a kiss in return. This tradition also exists in other towns of the state of Guanajuato, including Silao.

Some of the most important festivals held in Leon include the Festival Internacional Cervantino, a multidisciplinary 18-day event in October, featuring diverse cultural expressions that revolve around Miguel de Cervantes’ work. There is also the International Balloon Festival held in November with its incredible and colorful display of hundreds of hot air balloons.

Guanajuato

guanajuato Callejon beso

The capital city of the state with the same name, considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, a historic town recognized as World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a place where crucial events took place during Mexico’s War for Independence. Aside from its historical value, this city is a place that inspires love… colonial buildings, romantic legends, and endearing parks.

Guanajuato’s center is perfect to explore by foot. There are many streets with colorful houses and many legends to be heard. The most romantic legend from this city is the one about the Callejón del Beso (lit. “Alley of the Kiss”) which centers on two opposing balconies separated by a mere 30 inches in a narrow alley. The legend tells that two forbidden lovers would kiss from their balconies. The legend further tells that it is a must for couples to kiss under these balconies.

Guanajuato is a truly inspiring state. Take a romantic escape to its cities and enjoy unforgettable experiences… of love, culture, music, gastronomy and so much more! Visit and explore Guanajuato!