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For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this neighborhood (this is the site of the original city settlement in 1706). Anchored by the central plaza, Old Town's cobblestone streets are filled with brightly colored adobe huts that now house galleries, restaurants and souvenir shops. The stunning San Felipe de Neri Church – Albuquerque's oldest building – can also be found here.
Many visitors recommend spending a few hours wandering around Old Town, likening it to a less crowded (and more affordable) Santa Fe. Along with the interesting shops and restaurants, reviewers also loved the area's clean streets and talented street performers. However, if you're heading to Old Town in search of Southwestern souvenirs, recent shoppers advised watching out for knockoffs.
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Sitting on the north edge of Old Town's plaza, the San Felipe de Neri Church, originally founded in 1706, was the first Roman Catholic Church erected in Albuquerque. The structure that stands today was completed in 1793 (one year after the original building collapsed) and has expanded over the centuries to include a rectory, a convent and a school. There is also a museum here that displays religious art and artifacts that once hung on the church's walls.
Recent travelers said that a visit to the San Felipe de Neri Church is a must when visiting the Old Town area, even if you're not religious. Visitors admired its peaceful atmosphere and well-preserved interiors and architecture.
- #10View all Photos#10 in Albuquerque1.9 miles to city centerFree, RecreationTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND1.9 miles to city centerFree, RecreationTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
This 16-mile-long walking and biking path traces the Rio Grande River through central Albuquerque, passing major sites like Old Town and the ABQ BioPark. It also features public art and a variety of wildlife. The trail is uninterrupted by road crossings, making it a great option for exploring the city sans traffic.
Recent visitors loved the trail for its ease (it's mostly flat) and its convenient location near downtown. Though travelers strongly recommend walking or biking the trail, they also warn that it can get congested, especially on the weekends. If you get hungry along the trail, veer off the path at Central Avenue to indulge in any of the restaurants that line the avenue.
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