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Church in Real de Catorce

Templo de la Purísima Concepción

This charming church is an impressive neoclassical building where thousands of Mexican pilgrims descend annually in a pilgrimage to the supposedly miraculous image of St Francis of Assisi, displayed at the front of …
Museum in Real de Catorce

Centro Cultural de Real de Catorce

Opposite the Templo de la Purísima Concepción's facade, the Centro Cultural de Real de Catorce, the old mint, made coins for 14 months (1,489,405 pesos to be exact) in the mid-1860s. This classic monument has been e…
Bar in Real de Catorce

Amor y Paz

Real's reputation as a ghost town may in part be due to the fact that its residents and visitors are often all hiding out at this funky bar, hidden behind the walls of Hotel El Real. It's decked out in antiques (not…
Mexican in Real de Catorce

Mesón de Abundancia

There are several cozy eating areas at the restaurant in this hugely atmospheric hotel, one with a bar and fireplace. The hearty servings of Italian and Mexican dishes are delicious and its wood-fired oven pizza is …
Religious in Real de Catorce

Fiesta de San Francisco

From the end of September to the end of October, 150,000 pilgrims pay homage to the figure of St Francis of Assisi in the town's church. Many of them just come for the day, while thousands stay in the town, filling …
Cultural in Real de Catorce

Festival del Desierto

This cultural festival features folkloric music and dance performances in towns all around the region. Dates vary annually; check before you come with the tourist office.
Cafe in Real de Catorce

Café Azul

Open all day, this airy, Swiss-run spot is perfect for breakfast, freshly baked cakes and light meals, including excellent crepes. The delightful owners are very helpful with local info.
Church in Real de Catorce

Capilla de Guadalupe

This fine old 19th-century church has an interesting interior of once-glorious but now very faded and decaying frescoes.
Monument in Real de Catorce

Palenque de Gallos

A block northwest of Plaza Hidalgo, lies a monument to the town's heyday – the Palenque de Gallos, a cockfighting ring, built like a Roman amphitheater in 1863 and replacing the original structure that had been here…
Historic Building in Real de Catorce

Plaza de Toros

It doesn't get much more cowboy than this: on the outskirts of Real de Catorce you can wander in the remains of a former bullring. You'll have to use your imagination a bit, but this is the real thing.