The town of Jerez de Garcia Salinas, birthplace of the famous Mexican poet Ramon Lopez Velarde, is just 35 miles from the state capital. Its dry and temperate climate makes it the ideal place for visitors looking to relax in a country atmosphere with vivid traditions and natural charm. In the town's historic center, you'll find the gorgeous Rafael Paez Garden, a peaceful and wooded plaza that has long been the meeting place for the region’s traditional musical bands. A couple of blocks away, you'll be able to admire the Our Lady of Solitude Sanctuary, the town’s religious symbol. The church is neoclassical in style with two imposing towers; on the inside, you won't miss the stunning altarpiece in honor of the Virgin of Solitude.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the Tower Building boasts a beautiful façade carved ornately in true gothic style from the region's distinctive quarry stone. Today, the building houses the Cultural Center and the Municipal Public Library. Jerez is the birthplace of Ramon Lopez Velarde, a poet whose best known works include La Suave Patria (The Tender Country). The building housing the Ramon Lopez Velarde House Museum dates back to the 19th century and still preserves manuscripts and other personal items belonging to the famous author. Likewise, the Hinojosa Theater and City Hall are other buildings of great architectural value you won't want to miss while you're in Jerez. The area surrounding Jerez offers the perfect opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the region. To the west of Jerez, you'll find the Cardos Sierra where camping, mountain biking and hiking are some of the activities on offer if you're a fan of outdoor pursuits.
Another charming local town is Sombrerete, whose name derives from a distinctively hat-shaped hill nearby. The historic center is home to the Candelaria Chapel, one of Mexico's oldest colonial temples. Culinary specialities in Sombrerete include mining enchiladas, tortillas smothered in a green sauce made of poblano chilli peppers, stuffed with shredded pork meat and served on lettuce leaves with grated cheese on top. Other traditional dishes include ranchero bread, made with lard and baked on an adobe oven, and brujitas, deep-fried appetizers, made of cornflour, garlic and salt, and stuffed with shredded meat.