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Bellavista, Nayarit

Located in the municipality of Tepic, just 10 minutes from the historic center of the capital, Bellavista is a rural locality recently named a “Magic Neighborhood of Mexico.”

With 2,327 inhabitants and situated 785 meters above sea level, this picturesque town has cobblestone streets, vibrant life, and colorful architecture. It is home to one of the most famous historical buildings in the region and an emblem of the state of Nayarit, the former Bellavista textile factory.

Built in the early 19th century as an exact replica of a textile factory in Ghent, Belgium, the yarn and fabric factory belonged to Mr. José María Castaños y Llano along with his partner Don Ignacio Fletes. The machinery was acquired in Belgium, hence the architectural reference, and its main production was the manufacturing of muslin fabric.

In 1846, it was acquired by its new owners: Eustaqui Barrón and Guillermo Forbes, who continued with the textile business. Under the Barrón-Forbes family, the industry began to prosper to the point of becoming one of the most important financial institutions in Mexico.

However, by 1905, after the Mexican Revolution, the workers went on strike, demanding labor rights and fair pay. The strike did not last long but became one of the first labor demonstrations of the 20th century in our country.

This factory is the origin of the historical richness of the place.

In 1841 the first owner of the building, originally from Belgium, moved the structure stone by stone from the old continent to Nayarit. Currently, this building houses the Bellavista Textile Factory Museum/Cultural Center. Part of the site has been remodeled, and you can take tours to learn about the former splendor of the place. There is also a multipurpose auditorium and an exhibition with an extensive collection of materials, tools, and photographs of the textile industry.

In addition to the museum, walking through the streets of Bellavista is a visual delight. Visit the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the old Masonic Temple, or the iconic Bellavista fountain. If you’re looking for food, don’t miss out on delicious breakfasts and meals at the restaurant “Los Telares”.

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Bellavista cultural center
Guided tours
“Los Telares” restaurant

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