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Albuquerque Old Town
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$15.00*
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Ranked #10 of 223 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: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 3, 2014

The holidays are the best time to visit, with all the farolitos and other decorations. But we enjoy visiting any time of the year. There are so many great shops, restaurants. This time the old church was open--first time I've been inside.

Thank LMom1
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

There's something about an 'old town' be it in Europe or right here in the U.S. of A.! And this, though small, is not one to disappoint. Enjoy the southwest atmosphere and take in the clean, desert air and all it has to offer!

Thank Littlejohn820
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Old town Albuquerque is more "touristy" than Old Mesilla outside of Las Cruces or the plaza in Santa Fe. If you are in the area I would certainly still go and walk around however if you have gone to the other two I have listed I would not make it a priority to check it out.

Thank Ann C
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Paid an early evening visit to Old Town while staying at the nearby Hotel Albuquerque in town. Have been here before and yes it has touristy things and prices but it's still a fun place to hang out in and wander and look at things in the shops which are locally owned and with unique owners and employees to match. It's touristy but not completely corporate either. Great restaurants in the area as well.

Thank northernk
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We loved our stay in New Mexico and could have stayed much longer but were on a timeline. Old town had a lot to offer from the sidewalk sales, delicious food and great little shops. It was great walking around here talking to some of the locals and hearing the stories they had to tell.

Thank Paul C
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