Guadalajara

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Intriguing architecture, mariachi music and mouthwatering food will have you falling in love with one of Mexico’s largest cities.

Many praise Mexico’s second-largest city for having produced mariachi and tequila, for being a modern, cultural city with malls and urban parks and for its grand historical buildings.

Guadalajara is the capital of the central Mexican state of Jalisco and the sprawling metropole is home to about 4.5 million people. The highly developed city has wide avenues and modern offices, but also reveals a rich cultural identity.

Many of the city’s historic plazas and cathedrals have been preserved and can be found in the Centro Histórico and surroundings. A small metro network connects the major sites. Visit the 17th-century Catedral Metropolitana (Catedral Basílica de la Asunción de María Santísima), adorned with neo-Gothic towers.

Take a seat on the Plaza de Armas just to the south of the cathedral or admire the Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Illustres on the opposite side of the cathedral. To the east is the Plaza de la Liberación, where you can see the statue of Miguel Hidalgo, commemorating the abolishment of slavery. Don’t miss the plaza’s neoclassical Teatro Degollado, where folk dancing is still performed today.

The huge, covered Mercado Libertad (Liberty Market) is a good place to try authentic Mexican food. Snack on tamales stuffed with meat and cheese or sit down for a bowl of birria stew, a local delicacy. To see the contemporary side of the city, admire the artistic fountain on Plaza Tapatia or shop at the Plaza del Sol.

Use one of Guadalajara’s many affordable buses to explore the edges of the city. Don‘t miss the expansive Zoológico Guadalajara and its rare Mexican wolves.

Guadalajara’s climate is relatively mild due to its location at 5,200 feet (1,585 meters) above sea level. The days are mostly sunny and evenings are cool. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit.

Guadalajara sits between central Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta on the west coast. Guadalajara’s international airport is 9.9 miles (16km) south of the city center from where regional buses can take you all around Mexico.

Where to stay in Guadalajara

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Av. Lopez Mateos 830 Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, JAL, 44500
The price is AU$131 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,128 reviews)
"Very nice, clean and was very happy with our stay"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
4.5 out of 5
Blvd. Puerta de Hierro 5065, Zapopan, JAL, 45116
Fully refundable
The price is AU$266 per night from 12 Jun. to 13 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Zapopan. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (965 reviews)
"clean, comfortable, shopping and dining close. Only downfall was it did not carry all the channels and I was not able to watch the NBA playoffs game"

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
4 out of 5
Av. Ignacio L. Vallarta 5145, Camino Real, Zapopan, JAL, 45040
The price is AU$198 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Zapopan. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Staff was very professional, helpful and attentive. The food was great, valet parking very fast. Checking in and Checking out was fast. An excellent experience. Thank you."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Hard Rock Hotel Guadalajara
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
3 out of 5
Av Guadalupe 4885, Zapopan, JAL, 45030
The price is AU$60 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Zapopan. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,144 reviews)
"The going up and down with my elderly mother. For our next stay, I already requested a ground level room."

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

European Life Style Executive Suites & Gallery
Demetria Bungalows
Demetria Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
General San Martin No. 177, Col. Lafayette, Guadalajara, JAL, 44140
The price is AU$130 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the quiet rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (118 reviews)
"What a quaint little gem of a place this is in a sleepy but glamorous part of the city. Many restaurants and places of interests are just a few minutes walk away. It was nice to be able to use the amenities from the Hotel tower which is only around the corner block. The casitas are gorgeously stylish ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2022

Demetria Bungalows
Tribu Colón
Tribu Colón
3.5 out of 5
590 C. Colón Mexicaltzingo, Guadalajara, Jal., 44180
The price is AU$90 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Guadalajara. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Guadalajara Cathedral and US Consulate ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Host greets you personally; location is great and apartments has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Very secure and quiet. Will stay here again in my next visit to Guadalajara."

Reviewed on 7 Apr. 2022

Tribu Colón
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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