An atmosphere surrounded by forests, cobbled-stoned streets with charming corners, quaint colonial architecture and cozy bohemian atmosphere have consolidated Valle de Bravo not only as one of the main Magical Pueblos of the country, but also as a favorite destination for high-class people (from Mexico City, the State of Mexico and foreigners); many of them have established there their weekend relaxation home. Its great artificial lake is the main attraction for the water sports lovers (sailing, water skiing, canoeing, fishing, wakeboarding, kayaking or windsurfing).
Perfect place for weekends with the family, with friends or as a getaway in couples, especially those who enjoy contact with nature (Monte Alto Reserve; Velo de Novia (Bride’s Veil) Waterfall Ecological Reserve Park, Avándaro, San Gaspar), as well as the practice of outdoors activities (eco-tourism, rappel, hiking; parasailing, hang glider; camping, trekking, mountain biking) combined with the varied cultural entertainment options (must: International Music and Ecology Valle de Bravo Festival in March; Saint Francis of Assisi Festival, in October; Festival of the Souls, In November).
Outstanding golf courses and high-end spas (Avándaro Hotel Golf & Spa, Rodavento, El Santuario, Rancho Viejo Resort & Golf). To discover: Main Plaza; Market; Church of Santa María; Sunday tianguis; San Gabriel Ixtla (Mazahua community); art museums and galleries (Joaquín Arcadio Pagaza Cultural Center; Archaeology Museum). Growing gastronomical offer; fusion of different world with local traditions and ingredients, being profiting from the use of organic products. Quality handcrafts tradition (pottery, forged iron, baskets, jewelry, textiles).
TO STAY VALLE DE BRAVO
• El Santuario
Resort, spiritual oasis on a mountain, next to the lake. For lovers of holistic experiences. Spa, tennis, golf, nautical and equestrian club.
Carretera a Colorines Km. 4.5. Col. San Gaspar.
Tel: (01-726) 262 9100.
• Rodavento Hotel Río y Montaña
On the outskirts of town. Luxury with nature for family adventure. Spa.
Km. 3.5 Carretera Valle de Bravo-Los Sauces.
Tel: (01-726) 251 4182 al 85.
TO EAT VALLE DE BRAVO
A classic in Valle. Although it has been considered inconsistent since the owners split, the place has a certain charm: it remains one of my favorites. Inside patio.
Tel: (01-726) 262 0122.
Italian-Mexican fusion cuisine.
Small establishment downtown. Relaxed atmosphere, typical Valle environment. Artisan iron oven. Ideal for friends or families.
Pizzas; Three-cheese artichoke.
J.A. Pagaza 100. (La Plazita).
Tel: (01-726) 262 2965.
• Los Veleros
Its success lies in the ongoing quality of its products. Must: choose a table with a view to the lake. Ideal for couples, friends or families.
Mushrooms with chipotle; Sea bass in a circle; Escamoles and maguey worms (in season).
Tel: (01-726) 262 0370.
• Valle di Garda
This eatery is personally served by Marco, its owner, under the concept of offering only dishes with fresh products of the region. Surrounded by gardens with a magnificent view; I suggest you go at sunset. Ideal for friends or couples.
Lasagna; Salmon Carpaccio.
Fray Gregorio Jiménez de la Cuenca S/N esq. 16 de Septiembre. Centro.
Tel: (01-726) 262 6161.