Famous dishes of Puebla include Mole Poblano and Chile Nogada. These and other traditional Puebla dishes, called cocina poblana, can be found at local restaurants. Recommended restaurants include Fonda de Santa Clara, Mercado de Cholula, La Guadalupana, Laberintos Restaurant, Mesón Sacristia de la Compañia, Mi Ciudad, and Purificadora. There are literally hundreds of other restaurants in Puebla serving a variety of mexican and international food. For those interested in learning the art of cocina poblana, one to five day cooking classes are available at several Hotels including Mesón De Capuchinas and Mesón Sacristia de la Compania.
Puebla is an important historical, industrial, and educational city with over 2 million people in its metropolitan area. Located in a valley near four volcanoes, Puebla is 2000 meters above sea level between Mexico City and the Port of Veracruz. The city is known for its well preserved historical sites, cocina poblana (Puebla cuisine), and Talavera pottery. The local people of Puebla are called Poblanos and the local language is Spanish, although the Native language, Náhuatl, is still spoken in some areas of Puebla Valley. Key industries of Puebla include textiles and auto manufacturing. Rodeos, bullfights, and professional futbol (soccer) matches are frequently scheduled in Puebla. Temperatures in Puebla are warm and mild all year and the people are relaxed and friendly. Nearby archeological sites include the Texcal Cave near Lake Valsequillo, the Tenapa Pyramid in Cholula, and the hilltop ruins of Cacaxtla. A tourist office next to the zócalo has a list of sights, activities and local events.
Founded in 1531 as Puebla de Angeles and built according to the plans of Bishop Julian Garcés, the City of Puebla (nicknamed Angelopolis) is strategically located between Mexico City and the Port of Veracruz. The legend is that angels guided Bishop Julian Garcés in selecting the city's location. In 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez refused to continue debt payments to Europe. By early 1862, Spain, Britain, and France sent a unified force to the Mexican port of Veracruz. Negotiations ensued and ended with Spanish and British forces returning to Europe, but French forces led by General Charles de Lorencez advanced to Puebla with the ultimate aim of conquering Mexico. On May 5, 1862, nearly two thousand Mexican soldiers armed with sticks, machetes and slingshots at Fort Loreto and Fort Guadalupe led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín defeated 6000 French troops in the Battle of Puebla. The “Battle of Puebla Day” is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo in Mexico and in Mexican themed restaurants and bars around the world. Puebla was officially renamed "Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza" in honor of General Zaragoza's victory. In 1999 an earthquake damaged many historic buildings, but most were renovated and reopened.
Transportation to Puebla
Estrella Roja buses depart for Puebla from Mexico City International Airport every 30 minutes. Travel time from Mexico City to Puebla is less than 2 hours. Puebla’s bus terminal is called Central Autobuses de Puebla (CAPU) and offers transportation to a variety of locations. Once in puebla, taxis are available for transportation around the city.