Puebla is Mexico's fourth largest city. It is also perhaps its most characteristically Spanish, with lovely colonial architecture giving it great dignity and charm. Set in the Sierra Madre foothills, Puebla is flanked by four of Mexico's best-known volcanoes: Popocat petl, Iztacc huatl, Malinche and Citlalt petl or Pico de Orizaba. The "City of Tiles" is about 80 miles from Mexico City via an excellent toll road. Famous for hand-wrought tile, Puebla was the first city in New Spain to produce the Spanish ware. Spanish tile makers took up residence in Puebla and set a standard of excellence that prevails to this day. You will find these beautiful tiles adorning homes, churches, patios, fountains and government buildings.