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Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Ranked #22 of 116 attractions in Albuquerque
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of community life, founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Old... more » Owner description: Experience the grace & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The focal point of community life, founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Old Town follows the traditional Spanish pattern of a central plaza and church surrounded by homes and businesses. Many of the historic homes are still standing and some have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants.Stroll the Plaza, dine at our many restaurants, stay at our hotels and B&B’s, visit our museums, take a guided tour or shop at over 150 stores and galleries for unique gifts from the Southwest and around the world.Romantic hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies await your discovery. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos beckon you to stop, relax in the shade,watch the world go by and bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine.Shopping in Old Town is a truly delightful experience. Unique items from around the world, as well as those that are distinctly Southwestern, can be found in more than 150 shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios.When in New Mexico, eat like New Mexicans! Enjoy the spice & flair of our traditional cuisine. Savor delightful dishes prepared with CHILE. It comes in red or green and is made from recipes that have evolved from the local Native American & Spanish cultures. Enjoy one of the dozen restaurants, cafes & coffee shops featuring everything from the All-American hamburger to fine Continental cuisine.For over three centuries Old Town has been the crossroads of the Southwest. It is a Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose ancestors founded the town. Old Town is located just off I-40 (take the Rio Grande Blvd. Exit South) to the entrance at Mountain Road.Old Town. In 1937, Route 66 was changed from its original route to a straightened east-west road along Central Avenue. Route 66 meets the Camino Real (now Rio Grande Blvd.) at Old TownOn the plaza you will find replicas of two cannons which were buried in Old Town by retreating Confederate troops during a Civil War skirmish in Albuquerque (April 8-9, 1862). The original cannons are in the Albuquerque Museum. ENTERTAINMENT - Experience a series of weekly entertainment & cultural presentations that will delight the whole family. The series content and line-ups change from week to week throughout the summer & early fall. Don’t miss the Salsa Fiesta in August or the Holiday Stroll & Luminaria Tours in December.LUMINARIAS (Farolitos) - Thousands of visitors and residents come to Old Town on Christmas Eve and during the Holiday Stroll (first Friday in December) to see the spectacular display of luminarias. Candles are set in a bed of sand inside the bottom of a paper bag. When lit, theycreate a golden glow. Thousands of luminarias line the Church, Plaza, streets and walkways of Old Town! « less
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Natural Bridge, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the craft / art shops with owners in house. I met several artist that I purchased pieces from. Weavers , jewelry and potery from local artists..some shops typical tourist items but most are very unique to Albq. Resteraunts are good... parking OK...have cash to pay for parking. Great map available in most shops to find your way... More

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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I've visited the Old town several times and although there is a lot of rubbish on sale in the gift shops, there is some really excellent art and jewellery around also. The area has a nice feel to it. I have eaten here on previous occasions and had very nice meals. The area is a relief from the cement sky... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

you've been to Santa Fe but now see a plaza which is not so pretentious. that speaks about how the Burque sees itself. sure, we know the the SF flash causes visitors to think all NM is like that place, Canyon Road, restaurants, skiing, all that. this plaza and the buildings around and off have a more a normal person... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The architecture is authentic. There are nice restaurants and it's close to several museums. There are many galleries an shops and a few that are more affordable. The church is long standing and beautiful.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Old town Albuquerque offers a look at a past era. Lots of history ....Great shopping ...very unique stores. .Dont miss the St Frances Church. It dates from the 1700's

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Old Town is a local tourist spot in Albuquerque . There are many stores with everything from inexpensive tourist merchandise to expensive jewelry . There are often musicians and various other types of free entertainments taking place during the afternoon and evenings . There are restaurants with a southwestern flair and beverages . A stroll around the area is pleasant... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

When visiting Albuquerque include a stop in Old Town. In addition to authentic shops stop by the Albuquerque Museun to find out about the history of the area or take a walking tour of the area.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Very historic and true old (New Mexico) during the holidays. Safe and clean. Lots of lil shops will give a taste of the area and state. Parking pretty easy with patience.

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Albuquerque, NM
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Lots of shops. Historical digestion look at. Weekend gunfight shows in the street.lots of good places to eat. Eat where presidents eat when in Alba. Every thing from tshirts to museum quality Indian blankets and pottery

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New Mexico
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Old Town Albuquerque is probably pretty much the same as Old Town Anywhere. There are many stores around a central plaza all of which carry mostly tourist merchandise. If you come as a tourist to Albuquerque, it is worth your time to visit, but it differs little from the Plaza at Santa Fe or the old sections of many southwestern... More

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