Oaxaca, capital of Oaxaca State, is one of the prettiest towns in Mexico and was deservedly nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site in 1987.
Founded by the Spanish in 1521 on a pre-existing Zapotec and Mixtec settlement, the town gracefully combines colonial charm with its ancient pre-hispanic roots. Imposing churches, airy plazas and hidden convents blend with busy markets, traditional crafts stalls and local music makers.
Relax in the zocalo and enjoy a locally produced Mezcal while absorbing the feel of this vibrant and colourful town. Oaxaca is also one of Mexico's major handicrafts and arts centres with a vast range on offer guaranteed to keep even the most dedicated souvenir shopper happy.