Santa Fe Travel Guide

With its lazy feel, strong Spanish influence, abundant historic architecture and lively arts scene, Santa Fe is a destination with plenty to offer tourists. The city features a number of Catholic ecclesiastical buildings inspired by its long Spanish heritage, including the St Francis Cathedral and San Miguel Chapel, one of the oldest churches in America at 400 years old.

Many of the museums focus on the city’s Spanish and Native Indian heritage. The Museum of Fine Arts and Georgia O’Keefe Museum feature particularly impressive works focusing on New Mexico, with numerous paintings by O’Keefe and Alfred Steiglitz. Santa Fe likes to get in the festival mood, hosting special events like summertime jazz and wine festivals.

Santa Fe attractions

Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi: more than 120 years old, this Catholic cathedral was designed in the Romanesque Revival style and remains one of the most visited attractions in the city.

San Miguel Chapel: built at the beginning of the 17th century, this Spanish colonial style church is one of the oldest in the country.

Museum of Fine Arts: superb collection of New Mexico art heavily influenced by Native Indian and Spanish culture.

Palace of the Governors: is the oldest standing public building in America, dating back to the 17th century. It features a museum and a gift shop.

Miraculous Staircase: a gravity defying staircase that leads to the choir loft at the Loretta Chapel, thought by some to have been built by St Joseph.

The Santa Fe Southern Railway: follows a tourist route around the city taking in downtown before heading to Lamy Station.