Like many Central American countries, Mexico today has been shaped by its past, with the Aztec and Mayan ruins that dot the landscape still truly awe-inspiring sights. This history and a rich modern culture make Mexico a proper must-see destination, with the food and partying up there with anywhere in the world. Still, there’s most to Mexico than tequila and Mariachi bands. Read on for our advice on how to take on Mexico like a boss.
From epic mountains to buzzing Monterrey nightlife, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, there’s a lot to see in Mexico. It’s hard to pack everything in to one trip, so here are our top recommendations.
Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.
Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!See all trips that visit Seville
Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.See all trips that visit Madrid
Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.
Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.See all trips that visit Ibiza
Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.
Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.See all trips that visit Gibraltar
1. Day of the Dead – The legendary Día de Muertos celebration is a spectacularly colourful festival that has consistently been voted the best festival in the world. Fiestas are held countrywide, but if you want a memorable night out in Mexico City, the capital’s Day of the Dead celebrations is the Big Kahuna.
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2. Fiestas de Octubre – Head west to the Jalisco region for the most noted of the festivals in Guadalajara. A vibrant hub of contemporary arts, the city hosts a month-long roster of celebrations that features music from world class rock outfits, art exhibitions, food alongside much, much more.
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3. Morelia International Film Festival – It might not be Cannes, but this top quality event showcases the best in Mexican film. Celebrated for the diversity of themes and subjects, this festival is a great glimpse into modern Mexico and it’s influence on contemporary international arts culture.
For more information on the Morelia International Film Festival, click here.
4. Festival Internacional Cervantino – Named after the whimsical 17th century Spanish author, this October event is held in the hip colonial city of Guanajuato. Visitors to the area around this time can expect to get stuck into a wealth of dance, theatre, literature and visual art expos.
For more information on Festival Internacional Cervantino, click here.
5. El Grito de Independencia – Another essential date for your calendar, 16th September sees the entire country down tools amid ceremonial celebrations take mark Independence Day. It’s a cacophony of traditional Mexican food, music and fireworks to celebrate the beginnings of Mexico as we know it today, and the patriotic locals get well stuck in.
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1. Museo Dolores Olmedo – Dolores Olmedo’s home in Xochimlico in Mexico City was adapted into a museum after her death. An ardent collector of Mexican art – from oil paintings, to sculpture and even crockery – you know where to go in Mexico City for an authentic flavour of the country’s creativity.
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2. National Museum of Anthropology – Even among the surplus of tourist attractions in Mexico City, this museum stands out. It is dedicated to Mexico’s pre-Colombian Mayan and Aztec heritage, with exhibits that tell the full story of these highly civilised ancient cultures.
For more information on the National Museum of Anthropology, click here.
3. Cancun Underwater Museum – Four metres under the sea off the glistening coast of Cancun is an unusual place to find a mussum, but that’s where you’ll find 500 sculptures that are slowly evolving into a beautiful artificial reef. Grab a mask or your PADI qualification to get really up close and personal to this eerie and beautiful installation.
For more information on the Cancun Underwater Museum, click here.
4. Museo Soumaya – With the highest visitor attendance of all the attractions in Mexico City, Museo Soumaya is a true sight to behold. The extraordinary building in Plaza Carso looks like a ship’s funnel and houses around well over 60,000 works of international art.
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5. Museo Frida Kahlo – Exploring Mexico’s art scene wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Casa Azul, the blue house where the legendary Mexican artist lived out her entire life. Now a museum featuring her work and day-to-day possessions, it’s a must on any what to do in Mexico City list.
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Mexico food is celebrated across the globe, but there’s nothing better than eating the real deal. Coming up with a list of the top five dishes to sample while enjoying your Mexico travel is a tricky call. But we’ve done it, along with a few of our favourite restaurants in Mexico.
Tacos Arabes – One of the biggest attractions in Puebla is the food. Try these ‘Arab tacos’, a famous Puebla food. Flour tortillas are stuffed with spiced rotisserie meat, like a kebab, and zinged up with limejuice and salsa. Delicious.
Best eaten at –Las Ranas, 2 Poniente # 102, Puebla
Chilaquiles – Similar to nachos, chilaquiles are made with strips of corn tortilla, not chips. Meats add even more flavour to the delicious salsa, cheese and sour cream combo. A proper favourite food in Mexico.
Best eaten at –Eno, Francisco Petrarca 258, Esq. Horacio | Polanco, Mexico City
Pozole – This traditional Mexican stew made from hominy corn is prepared in a variety of ways. Meat, such as chicken, is the usual ingredient but meat-free versions are widely available, making this tasty dish a great option for veggies.
Best eaten at –El Pozole de Moctezuma, Moctezuma 12-E, Colonia Guerrero, Mexico City
Elote – The essential in Mexico street food, this is corn on the cob like you’ve never had it before. It’s the perfect snack during your Mexico travel 2016 mission.
Best eaten at –You’ll find stalls and vendors all over Mexico – this is food on the go.
Churros – There’s no better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than a few of these delectable fried dough treats. Eat on their own as a dessert with melted chocolate, or dip one in your morning coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up.
Best eaten at – El Moro, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 42, Mexico City
Natural fibre clothing - Synthetics are torture in the heat.
Diarrhoea tablets and rehydration salts - PPack these as a precaution. Mexican tap water can be iffy. Make sure you only drink bottled water and ask whether salads or ice cubes have been prepared using tap water – avoid if the answer is yes.
Camera - Photo opportunities and incredible sites are ten a penny.
Pre-paid currency card - Err on the side of caution. While Mexico is a safe place to visit, minimise the risk of having your cash stolen by not carrying large amounts.
Beachwear - With all of its coastal attractions, you may forget you ever wore jeans.