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14 Cool Places in Mexico That Will Make You Feel Like You’re in Europe

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Ever travel somewhere and feel like you're really in a different country? Well that seemed to happen to us all the time, at some really cool places in Mexico!


The country is so much more diverse than people think, and some spots have some truly European vibes when it comes to the architecture or the landscapes. Here are 14 cool places in Mexico that will make you feel like you're in Europe.


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Xochimilco_ Venice

Let's teleport ourselves over to the Venice of Mexico! Xochimilco offers romantic boat rides through the canal just like the beautiful Italian city we all know and love. The difference? Xochimilco is full of brightly colored boats that you can enjoy food, drinks, and music! We actually prefer the Mexico version, as it's cheaper and more fun. 


Want to learn more about Xochimilco? Check out our full article about it below!

One of our best memories in Mexico was our trip to Xochimilico. Meet the Venice of Mexico, and enjoy all that this great place has to offer! Here we will share everything that you need to know when visiting Xochimilco, Mexico.*Please note that this blog post may contain some affiliate links,

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Want to book an excursion to Xochimilco? Here are a few options you can choose from:


San Miguel de Allende  Pink Castle

San Miguel de Allende will make you feel as if you've just thrown yourself right into a Disney fairytale. This city is actually an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and makes us feel like we are in several different European cities.


The Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende is a pink church that we like to compare to the pink Craigievar Castle in Scotland. While the colorful streets of the city make us feel like we are in Italy. A perfect combo right? Well check out all the reasons to visit San Miguel de Allende below.


San Miguel de Allende is one of the most charming cities in the world, and especially in Mexico. The beauty of the city has brought people from all over the world not only to visit, but to actually move there! Here are 10 reasons you should visit, and the best

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Want a tour of San Miguel de Allende? Here are a few that you can choose from:

Want to go to San Miguel de Allende on your own but don't have a car? Here are some other transportation options:



Want to spend a night in San Miguel de Allende? Check below for accommodation options!

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Guanajuato_ Verona

Guanajuato is seriously a European city that has been picked up and placed right in the middle of Mexico. The small alleyways and colorful buildings just scream Italy. Even better? Head over to Callejon del Beso to get some true Romeo & Juliet vibes, just like you would in Verona!


Guanajuato is one of our favorite cities in all of Mexico. Want to learn why? Head to our full article!

One of the cities that truly stole our heart in Mexico was Guanajuato. You could spend days just soaking up the charm. But there are so many amazing things to do in Guanajuato, so we're here to narrow them down for you.Guanajuato, Mexico is much more than just a city.

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Want to explore all that Guanajuato has to offer with a guide? Here are a few that you can choose from:

Ready to book a stay in Guanajuato? Check the map below for options:

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4. Castillo Santa Cecilia (Spain)

Castillo Santa Cecilia Guanajuato_Italian Castle

Nothing says Europe like castles, and Guanajuato features one right in the middle of the city! Castillo Santa Cecilia will make you feel as if you've been teleported to Spain.


The best part? You can actually stay the night! Castilla Santa Cecilia is now a full-functioning hotel with a restaurant right on site. If you're looking for cool places in Mexico to stay, then this needs to be on your list.


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Want to go to Guanajuato but don't have a car? Here are a few options for getting there:


5. Arcos del Sitio (Segovia, Spain)

Arcos del Sitio_ Segovia Aqueduct

Let's explore more of Spain and head over to Arcos del Sitio! This three tiered aqueduct will make you feel like you're right in Segovia.


But what makes it better? Unlike Segovia, you can walk along the top! Take in the stunning views of the rolling green hills around, or walk over the suspension bridge to get a good look from afar.


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6. Prismas Basalticos (Iceland)

Prismas Basalticos, cool places in Mexico

Let's fly over to Iceland! Los Prismas Basalticos are located in the state of Hidalgo, just a couple of hours from the capital of Mexico City.


This very particular structure was created 2 million years ago by the collision of water and lava, and is strikingly similar to the formation that you can find on Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland.


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Want to visit but don't want to go on your own? Here are a few different tour options:

7. Aguas Azules (Iceland)

Aguas Azules Chiapas_ Iceland Waterfall

Let's stay over in Iceland, the land of a million waterfalls! Well Aguas Azules are just one of the many spots in Mexico that made us feel like we were in Iceland. Not many people think of cascading falls surrounded by greenery, when they think of cool places in Mexico, but there are actually plenty of spots we found like that!

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Want to go explore Aguas Azules and the surrounding attractions? Here are some tours that you can take:

8. Laguna Atexcac (Iceland)

Laguna Atexcac, cool places in Mexico

We can't help but keep you dreaming of Iceland wile you're in Mexico. Laguna Atexcac reminds us of the Kerid crater lake. Both have turquoise waters, and are carved into a green hill.


Another spot this reminds us of (although not in Europe) is Laguna Guatavita in Colombia, and Laguna de Quilatoa in Ecuador!


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Laguna Atexcac is a true hidden gem located two hours outside the capital city of Puebla, and is also free of charge! If you're looking for cool places in Mexico without a ton of tourists, then this one is for you!

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9. Atlixco (Tuscany, Italy)

Atlixco_ Tuscany Cypress Trees

Time to head back to Italy, but this time, to Tuscany! Have you ever seen the pictures online of perfectly pointed Cypress trees all over Tuscany? Well we found a replica right outside of the center of the Pueblo Mágico of Atlixco.


It is unclear whether this is owned by anyone, but it was a nice stop of the side of the road that made us feel like we were right back in the Italian countryside.


10. Zacatlán (The Alps)

Zacatlan_ Switzerland Sky Walk

Have you ever seen the large glass skywalk platforms that jut out over the greenery, surrounded by mountains? There are actually a few scattered throughout Europe in Switzerland, Austria, and Norway.


Well Zacatlán features one of these glass skywalks as well. Also, unlike the rest of Mexico, the weather is drastically different in Zacatlán, as it is much chillier than the sourounding areas, and is also covered with a blanket of fog. Walk along the "Barranca" and you will truly feel like you are in the middle of the Alps.


Want to learn all about the great things to do in Zacatlán? We have a full travel guide we've written:

Welcome to Zacatlan de Las Manzanas! This Mexican town is considered a "Pueblo Mágico", or magic town, due to the preservation of its architecture and customs. There are 121 Pueblos Mágicos in Mexico, and they all take you back to a different time when you walk through its streets.Today, we

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Want to spend a night or two in Zacatlan? Here are some of the accommodation options:

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Grutas de Tolantongo: cool places to visit in Mexico

Grutas de Tolantongo just may be the most magical spot in all of Mexico, and one of the most unique in the world. But there is one part that gives us those European mountain vibes that we just can't get enough of.


Wake up early to soak in the thermal pools, while being surrounded by mountains. This will give you all the Swiss mountain vibes, just with slightly warmer temperatures, and much less expensive!


If you're looking for cool places in Mexico, then this is our number one. Check out all of the other reasons to visit Grutas de Tolantongo below:

Welcome to a truly unique place on Earth! Grutas de Tolantongo Mexico is a wide and beautiful park located a few hours away from CDMX. What makes this place extraordinary is that every activity involves natural thermal turquoise waters. From waterfalls to caves, and pools to a river, there is a

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Want to visit on a day trip from Mexico City? Here are a few tours that you can take to check out this stunning place.


12. Isabella Cafe (London, UK)

Isabella Cafe Pink Cafe, cool places in Mexico City

Let's take a trip over to London, to some of their cute cafes! Have you ever heard of EL & N London or Peggy Porschen Belgravia? Well these pink cafes have stolen the hearts of many British bloggers, and there are now more popping up all of the UK capital!


Well let's get back to the capital of Mexico, and go to Isabela Café, where the entire café is also decorated from top to bottom in pink flowers and neon signs. The pastries and coffee concoctions are so delicious, and also for a fraction of the price that you would find in London!


If you're looking for cool places in Mexico City to have coffee, then this is the spot for you.


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Now let's not only teleport to Europe, but let's step back in time and head over to one of our favorite Pueblos Mágicos, Taxco Guerrero.


This city has preserved its old architecture and styles, and it is really a sight to see. The houses built into the sides of the hills will make you feel like you are in an Italian countryside, but decades back.


Taxco Guerrero is just 2 1/2 hours south of Mexico City, and has so many more reasons to visit! Want to read why you should add it to your bucket list? Check out our full travel guide below.


Of all of the Pueblos Magicos in Mexico, we have to say that this was the one that really blew us away. Located just 2 1/2 hours South of Mexico City, this picturesque town has plenty to offer, and is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Taxco Guerrero should

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Will you be in Acapulco and want to visit Taxco Guerrero? Here are a few different excursion options:

You can also visit Taxco Guerrero on your own from Acapulco or Mexico City by bus:


Ready to book your accommodation in Taxco? Check the map below for some options:

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14. Festival de Globos (Cappadocia, Turkey)

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Who needs to fly all the way over to Turkey when you can experience the same right in Mexico? Don't get us wrong, Cappadocia is one of the most magical places in the entire world, but this festival will give you all the same vibes.


Every year in November, the city of Leon hosts one of the biggest balloon festivals, where you can find hot air balloons flying early in the morning of all different colors, sizes, and shapes!


Want to visit the festival but don't have a car? Here are some public transportation options:


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