Between the streets Luis Mota and Avenida Madero, you'll find “El Callejon del Romance” (Romance Alley), a place so full of history that 19 of the buildings lining it are on the list of Morelia’s historical monuments, making it one of the city’s must-visit attractions. This alley is the perfect setting for love and romance: its overflowing window boxes, lit by the antique yellowing light of street lamps, guide couples on their quest for a quiet, corner on which to declare their love.
Previously known as "Callejon de la Bolsa" (Exchange Alley) and later "Callejon del Socialismo" (Socialism Alley), this picturesque side street was once typical of 19th-century Morelia. This narrow, once unpaved alleyway was an essential route for mule drivers and street vendors selling milk and coal, and served as an access road to taverns where you could spend a raucous night, each with dedicated space for pack animals.
Shrouded in mystery and legend, this place has preserved home-made love stories dating back to the Viceroyalty in its walls and doorways. At that time, the alley looked quite different: at the entrance was once a soap factory, and it was the only street with water and electricity services.
In 1965, the alley was renovated, with pink quarry laid onto facades and floors, and fountains, street lamps and window boxes restored. It was officially named “Romance Alley” in reference to the verses of poet Don Lucas Ortiz’s “Romance de mi Ciudad” (Romance of my City).
The alley is ideal for sitting and whiling away the hours reading poems – those of Lucas Ortiz decorate the walls, sharing secrets about hidden corners of the city. Come and discover this intimate part of the city, and allow your senses to indulge in its history and romantic memory.