Española (New Mexico) is a small town in New Mexico in the United States. While of limited interest as a tourism destination itself, its location midway between Santa Fe and Taos, combined with its proximity to a number of Pueblo Indian communities, makes it a useful staging point for trips into north central New Mexico.
Española is about 20 miles (30 km) north of Santa Fe on US Highway 285.
- Pueblo art (pottery and jewelry) is available in a few places in town, but better at the pueblos themselves. Several significant potters at Santa Clara Pueblo have galleries easily reached from New Mexico route 30, south of town on the way to Los Alamos. San Juan Pueblo, on the north side of Española, also produces pottery that can be bought at a small shop there.
- Anthony's at the Delta is a surprisingly good (and expensive) Southwestern restaurant with a beautifully decorated interior. 228 Paseo de Oñate, 505-753-4511. Lunch and dinner.
- El Paragua is the best place in town for "New Mexican" cuisine (stuffed sopaipillas with red or green chile, etc.), although the enchiladas are odd. 602 Santa Cruz Road, near one of several starting points for the "High Road to Taos;" 505-753-3211. Lunch and dinner.