A fairytale city… and a unesco world heritage site!
Walk between churches, meticulously tended gardens, museums, palaces and plazas where theestudiantinas (professional musicians and singers dressed in beautiful traditional garb) serenade as night falls. Music, and the callejoneadas (musical walks through the city by night accompanied by the estudiantinas) are an important part of what’s on offer in Guanajuato.
You absolutely must explore the main plaza, surrounded by delightful cafés and buildings of interest such as the Baroque Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato. The University of Guanajuato’s stairway is another point where you must be sure to take a photo! Admire the La Compañía Church (1745-1765 a.d.) with its facade in pink rock. Last but not least, your visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Plaza de los Ángeles, where the legendary Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss) begins.
It All Starts with a Legend
It is said that during colonial times, Doña Ana, the only daughter of a harsh and uncompromising man, was being courted by Don Carlos. When her father discovered this, he shut Doña Ana away, and attempted to have her married-off to a rich, old nobleman in Spain. Before submitting to her fate, Doña Ana told her lover of the terrible news. One of the windows of Doña Ana’s house faced a narrow alleyway. So narrow was the alleyway that it was possible to lean out of the window and touch the wall of the house on the opposite side. Don Carlos realized that if he could enter the house across from his beloved, he could talk with her.
So it was that he bought the house to do just that. Imagine the surprise of Doña Ana when, leaning on her balcony, she found herself mere inches from her young lover. But a few moments later, Doña Ana’s father suddenly discovered the couple together, and entering the room, plunged a dagger into his daughter’s body. If two lovers pass through the Alley of the Kiss, they must lock lips so that their love endures.
Guanajuato is one hour away from León (Del Bajío International Airport); three hours from Guadalajara along tollways 90D and 45D; and four hours from Mexico City along tollways 57D and 45D.