Zapopan is a city that is located in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. Zapopan is a part of the Guadalajara Metropolitan area and is most famous for housing the Virgin of Zapopan and the Basilica de Zapopan. The name comes from a Nahuatl word “Tzapotl” which translates to “among sapote trees” as well as the word “pan” which translates to “among under”. Zapopan has also been nicknamed “Villa Exmaicera” because of the fact that it was once known to be a major corn producer in the region.
The city comprises of most of the western edge of Guadalajara. It has an old town center and boasts of several popular shopping malls such as the Plaza Galerias, Plaza Patria and the Gran Plaza. Zapopan is also home to the famous Mercado del Mar, a place where you can find the freshest seafood at the most reasonable prices. The downtown area is full of cantinas and bars and is famous for its wild nightlife. Close to the downtown area, one can find the rich neighborhoods of the city which also house iconic nightclubs such as Bosse and White Lotus. Other attractions in the city include the La Primavera forest and several parks such as the Country Club and Los Colomos.
The people of Zapopan are famous for not being conscious about themselves and they believe in being “free”. The locals are also famous for being very friendly and eager to share their history and culture with travelers. Although the city has often been neglected by travelers, it is an ideal place to go to. It offers some of the most distinct neighborhoods in the region along with access to all sorts of sights and attractions.
Almost everything that one loves about Mexico – the tequila, the rodeos, the iconic Mexican Hat Dance, the beautiful mariachi music and the outstanding cuisines – can be attributed to the region. From unique neighborhood cafes to street side torta and taco joints, there is just no shortage of things to eat while in the city. Restored colonial era mansions also offer you with the perfect fine dining ambience and regal accommodations that you’ve always dreamt of.
The best way to reach Zapopan is to fly to the Libertador Miguel Hidalgo International Airport (GDL). The airport is located on the Guadalajara-Chapala Highway and is quite close to the city. Most of the domestic carriers of Mexico like AeroMexico, VivaAerobus, Volaris and Interjet connect to the airport. International airlines such as American Airlines, Delta, Alaska Airlines and Copa Airlines also connect to the airport.
Some of the most famous attractions in Zapopan include the Basilica de Zapopan, Bosque La Primavera, Teatro Estudio Cavaret, Romeria de la Virgen de Zapopan and Trompo Magicio Museo Interactivo. The Basilica de Zapopan, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, is particularly famous. It is believed to be the oldest in the state of Jalisco and is also considered to be one of the finest pieces of architecture in the region. Romeria de la Virgen de Zapopan is another attraction that is equally famous. It is basically an image of Virgin Mary that was created way back in the 16th century. The image has been accredited with numerous miracles and has even been visited by Pope John Paul II.