The Magical Towns are designated since 2001 for their symbolic attributes, legends, customs, history and indigenous past
The Magical Towns are one of the main tourist attractions of the country
The magical towns are a recognition to those who inhabit those places and have known how to keep the cultural and historical wealth that they contain.
In 2001, under President Vicente Fox, the Magical Towns program emerged as part of the strategies to promote national tourism. In total there are 121 municipalities with that distinction, and the title if it has managed to promote the arrival of both national and international tourists.
How is the name "Magical Town" issued
Localities that have symbolic attributes, legends, customs, history, indigenous past, or transcendental events in the history of the country, receive the appointment.
Some with landscapes of jungles, beaches, valleys or deserts, perpetuating a natural beauty, also have cultural richness, iconic architecture, the historical legacy and the traditions that are maintained in these sites conjugate the "magic". Being unique, different destinations full of activities, adventure, and fun.
For example, Tequila in Jalisco has a unique agave landscape. It is a site of great interest for architectural buildings, sites such as the National Museum of Tequila shows the old tools used in cultivation, old bottles of tequila packaging, also has different activities such as the route through the railway through the fields and the old houses, where you can appreciate the process of making the drink.
In Michoacán, some towns stand out for the preservation of trades since the arrival of the Spaniards in the Purépecha region, such as Santa Clara del Cobre where the hammered copper trade is still practiced for the preparation of cooking utensils, mainly, and in Patzcuaro with the trade the yarns and fabrics, as well as lacquer and "maque" outlined in gold; trades imposed by the first Basque bishop of Quiroga, who created schools of crafts where craftsmanship techniques were taught.
Some towns, whose architecture and culture date from before the Spanish conquest, others were founded during that time, and others more in later centuries, but all represent a fundamental part of the history of Mexico.
The change of Government in Mexico and other changes to the program
Among the changes that have been announced by the new Government of Mexico, includes a readjustment to the program, therefore, the future is uncertain, although there has been talk of the disappearance, it is not confirmed, but the program will be re-evaluated with the possibility that some destinations lose the appointment/badge for not meeting the established requirements.