Almost all the world’s shoe makes are represented in the city and with them all being manufactured locally, dozens of outlet stores sell direct to the consumer for a fraction of the high street price. Ibarillo nearby has a great archaeological site which was home to the Tarasco-Chupicuaro tribes but most of the city’s history comes from around the time of the Mexican revolution. The Triumphal Arch was built to mark the independence of the country whilst the Martyrs Square commemorates those who lost their lives in a local power struggle just after World War II.
A rather unusual and slightly macabre visit is to the restaurant also known as the Bullfighting Museum. There, amongst stacks of bullfighting memorabilia you can eat a meal at stone tables made from the gravestones of bullfighters who died performing their art.
Finally for a different and more relaxing time, spend an hour or two in the romantic and peaceful San Juan de Dios church’s garden, a popular meeting place for young, and not so young, lovers.