Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Amy Travels on November 6, 2001

Old Town is the heart of Albuquerque’s heritage. The first families settled here in 1706. Albuquerque was a colonial farming village and military outpost at that time. The village formed in the traditional Spanish pattern of a central plaza surrounded by the church, government buildings, and homes.

In 1880, the railroad came to Albuquerque, a few miles east of Old Town. The area around the depot called "New Town" (now downtown) boomed quickly into Albuquerque’s commercial center.

Today, Old Town contains many shops and art galleries. My husband and I enjoyed walking around the plaza, admiring the architecture. We picked up a free self-guided walking tour brochure at the visitor’s center, which is located in a little shopping area across the street from the plaza. We also enjoyed browsing through the shops and art galleries. Also worth visiting is the San Felipe de Neri Church (please see separate journal entry.)

Old Town Albuquerque is easy to find. Signs mark the exit off of I-40 and Old Town is located within minutes of the exit. It was definitely worth the stop on our drive from Petrified Forest National Park (see my Arizona journal) to Santa Fe. There is plenty of metered parking in the Old Town area.

Old Town
303 Romero Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104
(505) 243-3215


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