Mexico City Holidays: An Overview

The ancient capital of the Mexican Empire and the capital city of modern Mexico sits at an altitude of 6,600ft above sea level in an old lake basin surrounded by volcanic mountains.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • This enormous city has fantastic museums, excellent restaurants, great nightlife, bags of culture, and superb hotels. Phew!

Luxury Holidays to Mexico City: The Detail

Home to over 18 million people, this is one of the world's mega-cities, but in spite of the urban sprawl, it contains pockets of great beauty and historical interest, in recognition of which it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The different cultures that have inhabited the city over the centuries have left an interesting architectural legacy. The modern city was founded on the ruins of the ancient Aztec site of Tenochtitlan, the excavated remains of which can be seen close to the Zocalo - the vast central square. Alongside such pre-Hispanic remains are colonial era buildings such as the richly ornamented national cathedral at one end of the Zocalo, and the National Palace, which houses Diego Rivera murals depicting the country's history.

The historic centre contains many other palaces, mansions and churches interspersed with modern skyscrapers, and there is plenty of green space too, notably vast Chapultepec Park. Leafy upmarket residential districts such as Condesa, Roma and Polanco are filled with beautiful buildings and stylish restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Mexico City also has a large number of quality museums, chief among them the National Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology, housing priceless artefacts from Mexico's early civilizations such as the Maya, Toltec, Zapotec and Aztec cultures.


Top picks for Mexico City

Mexico City Tour

Historical Mexico City

Mexico City

Mexico has a history almost as colourful as its fabrics, art and cuisine, and the capital city has played a vital role over the years, through rapid growth and Aztec-Spaniard rebellions.

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Mural, Mexico City

Art Tours in Mexico City

Mexico City

As the birthplace of the legendary feminist artist Frida Kahlo, there is understandably a vibrant and creative artistic presence within Mexico City. The city is peppered with galleries and workshops, and new examples of street art appear almost daily.

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Las Alcobas

Las Alcobas

Mexico City

Located in the fashionable district of Polanco, Las Alcobas is one of Mexico City’s newest and trendiest boutique hotels, surrounded by designer shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

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The Condesa

The Condesa

Mexico City

The Condesa is a stylish design hotel where all the furniture is individually crafted for each individual space.

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Teotihuacan Ruins

Teotihuacan Pyramids

Mexico City

Near to Mexico City lies the unmissable - and enormous - pre-Aztec site of San Juan Teotihuacán.

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St Regis Mexico City

St Regis Mexico City

Mexico City

Overlooking the Pasea de la Reforma in the heart of Mexico City, the St Regis Mexico City sits within the 31 storey Torre Libertad, designed by revered architect Cesar Pelli.

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