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Study Spanish in Puebla, Mexico

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In a broad, high valley about 60 miles southeast of Mexico City is a city known by many names over the years: City of Angels, City of Tiles, Heroic City of Zaragoza. Today we know it simply as Puebla.

Established by the Spanish in 1531 on the main route between the port of Veracruz (the most important port in Mexico) and Mexico City, Puebla was the principal city of Colonial Mexico. Puebla's appearance is the most European of all the Colonial cities, because it was planned from the ground up by a Spanish city designer rather than being built within an existing Indian community.

By 1539, Puebla had a university and was on its way to becoming well known throughout Mexico for milling, textiles, exquisitely decorated pottery and tiles, and for the architectural beauty of its buildings.

Although modern Puebla is highly industrialized, its historic downtown remains a Spanish Colonial treasure filled with elegant 17th and 18th century European architecture and art. When you add a temperate climate year-around, friendly and courteous residents (called poblanos) and delicious regional cuisine, Puebla becomes the ideal place to learn Spanish.

What People Say About Puebla

Sunset Magazine

This Underrated City in Mexico Will Be One of 2019’s Top Destinations


Why Puebla is Mexico's coolest under-the-radar city

Dallas Morning News

Look west on a clear day from any hilltop in Puebla. In the suburb of Cholula.


The 10 Coolest Cities Around the World to Visit in 2018

CNN Travel

Planning your 2018 vacation and starting to think about just going back to that place you went last year with the OK-ish beach and the mediocre cocktails?

Los Angeles Times

Look west on a clear day from any hilltop in Puebla. In the suburb of Cholula.

Food & Travel Awards

La versión mexicana de la revista Food and Travel ha anunciado a los ganadores de sus premios Reader Awards 2017.

New York Times

The New York Times places Puebla, Mexico in the place #13 of must visit cities in the world.

Wall Street Journal

A two-hour drive from Mexico City, this Spanish colonial city is finally emerging from the capital’s shadow.

National Geographic

National Geographic Traveler editors picked Puebla, México as one of the ten best fall trips in the world.

CNN Travel

Puebla, Mexico: The capital of Puebla state, this city is the fourth-largest in Mexico and yet somehow still feels like a hidden gem.

Puebla Is Safe

The U.S Deparment of State in their latest Travel Warnings to Mexico does bot have ANY travel warnings for Puebla.

Best In Travel

Puebla was chosen by the readers of Lonely Planet Travel Guide as one of the top 10 destinations in the world together with Barcelona, Berlin, Bangkok, Lisbon, London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Reykjavik, and Istanbul.