Drenched in sun, bougainvillea, and flowering trees, Tequis (as the locals call it) is a pleasant stop for a day or overnight trip. Join the families from Querétaro and Mexico City who come to stroll through the main square, with its neoclassical Templo de Santa María de la Asunción, whose facade has been said to resemble swirls of cotton more than stone. Stop for lunch in one of the outdoor cafés under the arcades
that front the plaza and visit the surrounding streets and the Mercado de Artesanías to shop for handicrafts. Tequisquiapan means "water of tequesquite," or salty minerals, and the town is still known for its swimming pools (many of the hotels have them) and spas; most of the mineral springs are located north of town. Check with the tourist office on the main square for directions.