A walk around Plaza Grande
In the heart of the beautiful city of Patzcuaro, you will find Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, best known by its inhabitants as Plaza Grande. This picturesque old plaza took its name after Don Vasco de Quiroga, who was the Prime Minister of Michoacán in 1537. Considered as one of the most beautiful in America, it does not stop surprising its visitors with its tradition and particular architecture.
If you really want to take advantage of your visit to this plaza, we recommend a series of activities you can do to enjoy this wonderful place to the fullest and get to know a little more about Patzcuaro’s history.
To start, nothing like drinking a coffee or a delicious breakfast in one of its multiple coffee shops located in front of the plaza. As a recommendation we suggest La Surtidora, a coffee place open since 1916 established in a baroque house from the 17th century.
To continue with your visit, we invite you to walk towards the center of the plaza where you will find a statue in honor to Vasco de Quiroga, as mentioned before, an important figure for the foundations of this city. While walking towards it, you can appreciate the gardens of the plaza along with the beautiful architecture that surrounds it; one of its main characteristics is it does not have religious precincts, which makes it different from other plazas of the viceroyalty period.
You will notice that people gather to see the “Old men dance”, a typical dance of the region performed by the Native Michoacán Indians that dress in colors and masks to honor the Old God Tatá Jurhiata with their dance which represents rebirth. A show you definitely should not miss!
If you wish to acquire some art from around the region, at this place you can appreciate beautiful paintings created by local artists, as well as Native Michoacán Indian handicrafts of all kinds or you can even visit some houses dedicated to the sales of handicrafts located in the vicinity of the plaza. We recommend to have a “Nieve de pasta” while you walk around, it is one of the most typical delights of the region made with milk. One of the oldest and most delicious desserts of the city.
In addition to these activities in the plaza, you will be able to find historic places like The House where Miss Gertrudis Bocanegra was born and the Iturbide Mansion, as well as the Pátzcuaro City Hall and the Huitzimengari Palace. To finish, stop to contemplate the life and color that this place offers its visitors.
After this beautiful walk, the best thing is to enjoy lunch at the delicious La Tarasca Restaurant inside Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco, located only 10 minutes away from the historic down town, and stay at its comfortable rooms, now with Plus category. We invite you to book your stay today for a family weekend or your Easter vacation.
Photo by: Panoramio