In photos: These are Lonely Planet’s picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, #9. Guanajuato, Mexico
Lonely Planet has released their picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, in a list that features a few surprises and interesting choices. To make the cut on one of the most influential travel lists of the year, destinations must offer outstanding experiences in 2018, be it for a special event, milestone, or new openings and attractions, editors say. They can likewise be overlooked and underrated destinations that are worth the visit. For travel ideas in the year ahead, click through to see Lonely Planet’s selection of best cities 2018.
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9. Guanajuato, Mexico
Founded as a silver-mining town by the Spanish in the 1500s, Guanajuato’s colourful mountain sprawl is now a Unesco World Heritage site. The setting also inspired the latest Pixar movie ‘Coco.’
Founded as a silver-mining town by the Spanish in the 1500s, Guanajuato’s colourful mountain sprawl is now a Unesco World Heritage site © Robert Powais / 500px
From silver mining to the silver screen, the small city of Guanajuato in the central highlands of Mexico punches above its weight when it comes to topical appeal. The wealth produced by the local seams of silver created a visually stunning cityscape of ornate churches, pretty squares and colourful houses, spread out over the verdant valley in which Guanajuato sits. This natural and man-made beauty caught the eye of Pixar producers who used the city as the real-life basis for their animated Land of the Dead in new movie Coco.