Discover hotels and villas with heated pools in Puebla, Mexico
Since the Spanish conquistadors founded Puebla in the 16th Century, the city has been the heart of colonial Mexico. Only an hour from the madness of Mexico City, Puebla marches to a different, more gentle rhythm, and its proud people (the poblanos) place a big emphasis on traditional Catholic values and practices. The city’s Spanish origins have left it a trove of architectural treasures, and in the centre of Puebla you’ll find striking examples of Baroque and 18th-century edifices, an imposing cathedral and numerous colonial mansions. It’s gone by many names over the years – ‘City of Angels’, ‘City of Tiles’, (on account of the city’s signature talavera pottery) ‘Heroic City of Zaragoza’ (after the French-beating general) – but to most Mexicans and visitors it’s known simply as Puebla, meaning, with misleading humility, ‘Town’.