Oaxaca holds a unique blend of traditional and modern influences, with crumbling colonial architecture alongside art, cuisine, and archaeological ruins that pay homage to the city’s pre-Hispanic past. These curious contradictions make Oaxaca stand out as a touristic destination in Mexico.
The city is featured by its narrow streets with a special atmosphere, at once relaxed and energetic, remote and cosmopolitan. Situated in the rugged southern state of the same name, Oaxaca has a large indigenous population, flourishing markets and some superb colonial architecture. Not least of Oaxaca's attractions are the abundant local handicrafts and the cosines of the local cafes. Centre of town is the grimy, arcaded zócalo (main plaza) and the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, the most splendid of Oaxaca's many churches. The city also has a clutch of worthy museums.