Parras de la Fuente, Mexico
Parras de la Fuente translates to Grapevines of the Fountain
Parras, located in northern Mexico in the state of Coahuila, is an agricultural town with sprawling vineyards. Parras has its own annual grape festival, Feria de la Uva, and is also home to the oldest winery in the Western Hemisphere - Casa Madero - which was founded in 1597.
Parras is located 150 km west of Saltillo (21 km south of Federal Highway 40) in the State of Coahuila, Mexico. The city is one of the most colorful towns in Coahuila. Parras de la Fuente, with many colonial buildings, is noted for its beautiful places to swim and its huge trees. These features have given it the name "Oasis of Coahuila".
Parras is designated as a Magic Town by Mexico's Secretariat of Tourism,meaning they offer visitors a "magical" experience by reason of their natural beauty, cultural riches and historical relevance. Parras is also famous for its wines, produced by wineries that date from the 16th century and which have received many international awards.
Parras has a wonderful history full of culture. Performances of their Matachinas, Pre-Historic Dancers, Folklorico Ballet or a local Mariachi Band, are a few of the ways locals tell the story of Parras' rich history. Among its man-made attractions are Santo Madero Church, which is located on an extinct volcano plug just north of the town, and San Ignacio de Loyola Church, which was built in the 17th century.
While in Parras, hop aboard their trolley tour, which highlights many Parras attractions including their magnificent, man-made aqua-ducts, which channel water to the town and Pecan groves.
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