With one of the loveliest colonial centers in central Mexico, the pueblo mágico of Valle de Bravo is an utter charmer and a wonderful spot for an escape from Mexico City. The setting here is reminiscent of the northern Italian lakes, with thickly wooded, mist-clad hills and red terracotta roofing used throughout the town. Valle, as it’s known, is famous for being the weekend retreat of choice for the capital’s well-connected upper classes.
There are stunning views at the shore of Lago Avándaro – an artificial lake, the result of the construction of a hydroelectric station – but the beguiling and largely intact colonial center is arguably the real draw here. Boating on the lake is very popular as well, as are hiking and camping in the hills around the town. Valle is set up well for visitors while still feeling authentic.