Architecture in Puerto Vallarta is an amazing eclectic showcase of styles. Just walk around the city streets and in the coastal area to experience an authentic aesthetic feast of buildings with pre-hispanic era and contemporary styles. With architectural influences tied together by the backdrop of the fierce pacific Ocean and cobblestone streets, the city’s historic center is one to be appreciated again and again
Architecture in the city is a testament to its past as well as future cultural splendor. The Teatro Saucedo reflects the golden era of belle epoque in Europe. Designed by Italian Angel Corsi, it opened its doors in 1922. It housed a theater and casino area that also functioned as a ballroom. Another great architecture is Los Arcos, an amphitheater that faces the sea. It is a host to music festivals and live performances throughout the year.
Another major architectural attraction in this Mexican city is the La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Its construction began in 1929 and was finished after 12 years. Located on Calle Hidalgo, this church follows the Baroque style – it has detailed molding inside and hand carved columns. A crown modeled after that of Mexico’s Empress Carlotta (18th century) tops the church. Many people think it is a cathedral, but it is actually a church since the Bishop of the Diocese does not hold the throne here.
Traditional architecture in Puerto Vallarta blends elements of coastal and mountain architecture. Compared to coastal architecture, mountain architecture has a more internal and protective style. It has internal courtyards and smaller windows. On the other hand, coastal buildings are more open because of the hotter climate in the coastal region.
In addition, historically, foreigners have had a huge influence on Puerto Vallarta architecture. For example, the Spanish imported the style of domes, courtyards, and arches that dominate the city’s architecture. You will also see beautiful re-tile roofs and adobe (often whitewashed) and colonial buildings.