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Travel-and-Home was in Parras, the oasis of the semi-desert in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, North America. If you ever have the opportunity to go to Parras, you absolutely should. 

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The best way to get to know a town's history and all the sightseeing worth your while, is to do the tourist train tour. Of all the fun we had, the only disadvantage was that the tour guide could not speak English, so we did not have a clue what he was saying! Take plenty photos as you go along, and later it will fall into place as you pick up information pamphlets.
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Plaza del Reloj. The park is small and pretty, and you can do some souvenir shopping here.
Parras Municipality
The Municipality President's building, a historical attraction, is a replica of the State's Government Palace in Saltillo .
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San Ignacio de Loyola church was built in the 17th century.

The 243 stairs to the top are absolutely worth it! The church was built by the local volunteers in the 17th century and is set on an extinct volcano plug just north of Parras.

With such beautiful scenery, no wonder Parras is called the oasis of the semi-desert of Coahuila state!

Casa Madero

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Parras has a very proud history with Casa Modero. On August 19th in 1597 Casa Madero was founded by Lorenzo García in the town of Santa María de las Parras (Holy Mary of the Grapevines), which makes it the home to the oldest winery in the Americas.
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The La Laguna region is the oldest wine-making area of Mexico, and spans the states of Coahuila and Durango, with grapes prospering in the Parras Valley.
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The state of Coahuila’s climate and sufficient water supply resulted in the Parras Valley being a major wine producer. Vines were later exported to the Napa Valley in California and South America.
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August to September is the harvest season when more than 400 families come to the annual grape harvest.
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The area's wines are showcased in June each year in the form of a festival with other local products such as food, handicrafts, candles, and clothing. The Feria de la Uva y el Vino (Festival of grapes and wines) started in 1945.
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The Casa Modero label includes a range of varietals, with its chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Syrah winning awards. Its brandies are considered among the best in Mexico. You certainly won't feel lonely when you open a bottle of Shiraz. Someone is bound to join you and soon you will order a few bottles to take home!

Mexico's National Flower: Dahlia

The best time to visit Parras, Coahuila

July is my preference to tour Parras de la Fuente when the vineyards are at its best. The summer temperatures seldom goes above 35°C.  July is a very hot month so you may want to consider the historic climate trends before you make your final bookings.

Parras Climate Summary

Travel and Home was in Parras

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