These 6 Towns In New Mexico Have The Best Plazas To Visit

A plaza is usually defined as a marketplace or public square. However, that fails to convey the importance of plazas in New Mexico. Here, these spaces act as the heart of our towns and cities and as an outdoor living room for their residents. They’re a place to gather to celebrate annual festivals and special occasions, or just to hear live music. During the holidays, strings of lights wrap around trees and farolitos (sometimes called luminarias) line the walls of surrounding buildings. To appreciate this aspect of life in New Mexico, stroll around one of these six plazas.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

How many of these plazas have you been to?

New Mexico has lots of historic towns with – and without – plazas that are worth investigating.