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La Villita Historic Arts Village
La Villita today is a flourishing art community that acts as a monument to the San Antonio’s past. La Villita can now be found on the registry of the Historic Districts. It is a very old village filled with art shops that are interesting and typical of friendly people. The shops are mainly for art, but also trade clothes and jewelry.
La Villita settled at the south of River Walk in downtown San Antonio about 300 years ago and became one of the city’s neighborhoods. At first, in La Villita, primitive huts for Spanish soldiers were built and then La Villita Historic Village was formed. The neighborhood was then built into a Centre for teaching regional arts and crafts. Artists also used it to sell their products.
Today, almost 30 shops and galleries have come up. They provide uniquely handcrafted products by San Antonio artists and artists from other surrounding areas.
Top Sites and Things to do
The artists make paintings, fork art, textiles, sculptures, copper wares, jewelry and more. In the middle of the tree lined walkways, restaurants serve traditional Mexican foods and steakhouse delicacies. The cafes also serve a large section of breakfast and lunch items.
Throughout the year, there are places to visit in La Villita. Visitors from far and wide can come and be part of San Antonio’s unique ambiance. La Villita is a Centre of life, laughter and fun. There is more than 50 events and 26 artisan shops and eatery locations. In this art village, there is something for everyone.
La Villita is the place to be if you want to laugh, dance, sip and smile. Some of the city’s best festivals takes place in La Villita’s District streets. There is the yearly coffee festival with the awakening aroma and the multicolored masks that symbolizes Dia de los Muertos Celebration.
Other big events such as Diwali San Atonio and Fiesta Navidena attract thousands of people with the promise of good and lasting times. The festivals attract both adults and families.
La Villita boasts of a large beautiful garden with lush foliage and koi ponds. There is also a nice waterfall to create a backdrop for your photos The tea gardens are free with no entry fee and with beautiful landscape. There is a great tea house which also serves ice cream, lunch and beverages.
The other tourist attractions located near the Arts Village is the San Antonio Zoo. The best time to take pictures is during weekdays because over the weekend the place is full. If you visit the Zoo, the gardens are a good option to walk around and watch the koi fish.
With almost 300 years of history, La Villita gives many unique tales and is regarded as a pillar of the San Antonio’s foundation. The small village has grown over the years to become a cultural art hub. Many people have made it a home and refuge over the years, and even found opportunity to explore for varied reasons. It’s a place worth visiting to create beautiful memories.