Activities For Your Morelia Vacation

Must-See Attractions Nearby

At Villa San José Hotel & Suites you can enjoy the nooks and terraces located in the hotel's lovely gardens, boasting captivating views of the city on your Morelia vacation. The Michoacan hotel's location on the Santa Maria hillside enhances its air of relaxation. Besides you can find nature and culture reach towering heights in the state of Michoacan whose capital, Morelia, is a colonial jewel carved in pink stone where Baroque temples, ex- convents and palaces of extraordinary beauty line its streets. Enjoy your vacation in Morelia!

Top 10 must see attractions For Your Morelia Vacation

Sweets and Crafts Market

This market is located to the west of what was one the Jesuit School, here the visitor can find many types of regional candies and crafts.

Clavijero Palace

Originally the headquarters of the Jesuit School of San Francisco Javier, which functioned until 1767, this building is a majestic example of mid-17th century baroque architecture. Later it served as a correctional facility for priests.

State Museum

This 18th century mansion was restored to house the State Museum in 1986. The Museum is divided into three sections: Archaeology, History and Ethnology. There is examle of an antique pharmacy dating from 1868.

Michoacan Regional Museum

Was founded in 1886 by Dr. Nicolán Leon, and it is one of the oldest museums in Mexico.

Morelos' Birthplace

The original house in which Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, one of the heroes of Mexican Independence, was born on september 30, 1765.

Government Palace

This baroque building was built between 1760 and 1770 Its original function was as the Tridentine Seminary of Valladolid. There are three murals here painted by Michoacan artist Alfredo Zalce, which portray different periods in the history of Mexico

Municipal Palace

The construction of this baroque-style building was begun in the late 18th century. Its impressive octagonal patio is a jewel of Morelian architecture. Originally it was a warehouse for the control and sale of tobacco. It has been the Municipal Palace since 1859

Church of Roses and Conservatory of Music

This baroque temple and adjoining building date from the 18th century. The Conservatory building originally housed the School of Santa Maria from 1738 until the 19th century. The building became a conservatory of music in the late 1940s and today it houses the internationally renowned Boys' Choir of Morelia in addition to the School of Music.

Palace of Justice

This building has housed the Jucicial Department of the State of Michoacan since it was built between 1884 ans 1885. It is a beautiful construction with a French-style and an eclectic interior. There are interesting pre-hispanic decorative elements on the second floor.


Construction began on this massive edifice in 1660 and was finally complete in 1744. The Cathedral was built with rose-colored quarry stone and models baroque paneling and a Doric-style interior. The relief carvings inside are neoclassical in style. Among the many treasures inside the Cathedral area a silver baroque showcase and a silver neoclassical baptismal font, both 18th century. The monumental organ with its 4,600 pipes is a recent addition from early in the 20th century. The 16th century Lord of the Sacristy is made from dried maize paste.