Essential things to do in Guanajuato

This list of things to do in Guanajuato is perfect for not missing a thing in one of the most beautiful and colorful colonial cities in Mexico.

Capital of the state with the same name and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Guanajuato falls in love at first sight with its architectural beauty, its cultural offerings, its fantastic student atmosphere and of course, it’s delicious traditional cuisine that is known as one of the World’s greatest.


In addition, Guanajuato has an international airport and a good bus connection with important cities in Mexico such as Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende or Guadalajara, so it is a good opportunity to spend one or several days getting to know it if you are doing a route through the colonial cities and all of this places are Mexico tourist destinations.

Based on the experience of the time we spent in this capital during our trip to Mexico, we have made this list of the most beautiful places to visit in Guanajuato. Let’s start!

Allende Square

You can start your visit to Guanajuato in Plaza Allende, presided over by the magnificent Cervantes Theater, where you will also see two large sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, characters from the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes.

Keep in mind that every year in October, interesting works of the Cervantino Festival are performed in this theater, an event of international stature, very interesting if it coincides with the dates of your trip.

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To learn more about the history of the city and not miss out on anything interesting, we recommend booking this guided tour that includes the Mummies Museum.

Temple of San Francisco

Strolling through the beautiful streets of the historic center such as the Callejón del Potrero, you will arrive in a few minutes at the Temple of San Francisco, built in 1728 by the Franciscan friars and another of the essential places to see in Guanajuato.

This temple stands out for its baroque-style facade in pink tones with two imposing towers and a beautiful interior with neo-baroque-style carved stone altars.

Many of the churches like this temple were built thanks to the wealth provided by its valuable gold and silver mines in the 18th century.

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Alleys of Guanajuato

Another of the best things to do in Guanajuato is wandering aimlessly through the most beautiful alleys of the historic center, such as Callejón del Potrero and Calvario.

These steep streets surrounded by houses with reddish facades will take you to the upper part of the city and its spectacular viewpoints.

Don’t forget to take a short route through the network of underground streets in Guanajuato that were built to speed up transportation and prevent flooding of the Guanajuato River.