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“Old Town Tours”

Albuquerque Old Town
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Ranked #29 of 227 things to do in Albuquerque
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience the beauty & charm of Old Town Albuquerque! The center of community life in the city. Founded in 1706, by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez, Old Town follows the traditional Spanish pattern with a plaza at its center and a church surrounded by homes and businesses. Most of the historic homes are still inhabited and many have been renovated into today’s shops, galleries and restaurants. Stroll the Plaza, dine al fresco at our many restaurants, stay at our hotels and B&B’s, visit our museums and shop at over 150 fine retail shops and galleries for handmade gifts from the Southwest and around the world. Romantic hidden patios, winding brick paths, vibrant flower gardens and dramatic balconies await your discovery and selfies. Wrought iron benches and adobe bancos welcome you to relax in the shade. Watch the tumbleweeds blow by and bask in New Mexico’s wonderful sunshine. Shopping in Old Town is an incomparable ethnographic experience. One of a kind handcrafted treasures from around the world, as well as those that are distinctly Southwestern, can be found in so many fabulous shops, boutiques, galleries and artist studios. When in New Mexico, you should eat like we New Mexicans eat! Enjoy the spice & flair of New Mexican traditional cuisine. Savor complex dishes prepared with red and green chillis. It comes in red or green based upon its drying time and genetics, and is incorporated into recipes that have evolved from the local Native American & Spanish cultures. Enjoy one of the many restaurants, cafes & coffee shops featuring everything from the famous bacon green chilli cheeseburger to ambient fine dining. For over three centuries Old Town has been the heart of the Southwest. It is the most important Historical Zone of the City of Albuquerque and home for many families whose brave ancestors founded the city. Old Town is found off I-40 (take the Rio Grande Blvd. Exit South).
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 3, 2013

I have used Old Town Tours of Albuquerque for a number of years. Good tours and reasonably priced. Highly recommended to learn about the city. Yes, there are good shops aand restaurants in the square area.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We arrived expecting a few small shops and the church. We are shoppers, and so we did spent nearly 4 hours there and did not see all. Many shops carry much of the same and are a bit touristy in nature, but you can purchase some locally made items like the lovely angels carved from wood found in area fields, navajo jewelry, rugs, etc. Just remember....if the store has the word "gallery" in it, it will be more costly. However, many justifiably so. There are great places for photos shooting down the interior of the covered walk ways and in the plaza square. I[m glad we visited during our short stay in Albuquerque and would go back if we visited again.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

If you like to shop then this place is a must stop. Offers many little gift shops with many different types of things to buy. Has a historic church along with shows in the center square during the day on the weekends (weather permitting).

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Dislike:Small and kitschy, not a place locals would visit for any reason
Liked: church and square retained some charm

Thank karen S
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Tours_of_Old_Town, Old Town Merchants Association at Albuquerque Old Town, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2013

We're sorry to hear that you didn't thoroughly enjoy your visit to Old Town. Aside from the locals you spoke with, many people from in and near Albuquerque do enjoy Old Town. As a merchant in Old Town, I am pleased with the number of locals who've come recently saying that, although they hadn't visited Old Town in awhile, they were happy they came and planned to return. Many locals enjoy Old Town regularly, from people coming down for the musical events, or, as you said, for a walk in a pretty place, walking their dogs and visiting the pet-friendly shops, to people who choose to celebrate special events here, from dinners out to marriages at the San Felipe Church or the Guadalupe Chapel.

The City of Albuquerque and Old Town offer regular cultural events here that draw locals as well as tourists, ranging from the Founder's Day Celebration, the Salsa Fiesta and the Holiday Stroll, to music, exhibits of local artists' work and other events throughout the year. Look at the Old Town Albuquerque web site or the City of Albuquerque's Things to Do in ABQ page. Visitors or locals, please check out what's happening in Old Town!

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

There isn't much to Old Town. It hardly feels old in any authentic way. Locals I asked about it after visiting said that no one local would ever go there -- strictly for tourists. None-the-less, a pleasant and safe place to walk around for an hour.

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