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Top Choice Feria in Parras

Feria de la Uva

Every August thousands of people descend upon Parras to celebrate wine, the lifeblood of the region. For two weeks there are parades featuring vendimiadoras (barefoot grape crushers), live dance and music performanc…
Top Choice International in Parras

Las Parras de Santa Maria

With massive wood doors, 18-foot ceilings, arches upon arches and whitewashed walls, there's no doubt you're in a colonial-era building. Meals are more international – from Mexican classics to pasta dishes, all care…
Mexican in Parras

Tortas y Tacos Cri Cri

As the name suggests, this hole-in-the-wall serves up mouthwatering tortas (Mexican sandwiches), tacos and – surprise! – hamburgers too. Sitting on Plaza del Reloj, it's a bustling place so its two tables are almost…
Winery in Parras

Casa Madero

This, the first winery in the Americas, was established at Parras in 1597, a year before the town itself sprang up. It’s now an industrial-sized operation exporting wine all over the world, although it's still house…
Church in Parras

Iglesia del Santo Madero

This deeply striking and rather iconic church perched precariously on the rocky outcrop on the south edge of town has – once you’ve undergone the steep-but-rewarding 293-step climb up – some wonderful, expansive vie…
Winery in Parras

Vinos El Vesubio

Founded in 1891, this quaint winery is known for its artisanal sweet red wines. Tours take visitors through its homegrown production process, a few barrel rooms and the bottling area. Tastings are in its small shop,…
Mexican in Parras

La Noria

The restaurant at Hostal El Farol has tables in its smart dining room and outside in a lovely colonial courtyard. It's pleasingly formal, with white tablecloths and attentive waiters, and serves up memorable food fr…
Mexican in Parras

El Méson de Don Evaristo

In the middle of town, this friendly courtyard restaurant serves up meals on tables surrounding a small fountain. The mood is colonial splendor, but the food is pretty standard Mexican fare, including a good selecti…