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For other places with the same name, see Monclova (disambiguation).
Commemorating Monclova's working class roots.

Monclova is a city in Coahuila. It is a working class city known for its massive industry, including a steel works and an enormous power generating station.


Monclova was founded in 1577, the first community in the state. It is a small city, with a population of about 238,000 people (2020).


The climate of Monclova is somewhat extreme, of the semi-arid dry type in winter it can reach temperatures below -10 °C, with few but strong frosts and infrequent snowfalls. In summer it easily exceeds 40 °C and can present intense storms especially electrical. The months with cool weather are October-November and March-April where the city can have an average temperature of the order of 9-15 °C minimum and 22-27 °C maximum temperature. The characteristics of a dry climate and a low level of rainfall mean that hot-cold variations can occur in the course of a few hours.

Get in[edit]

Monclova is best reached by car or bus.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Venustiano Carranza Monclova International Airport (LOV IATA) (located about 6.5 km (4.0 mi) from the city center on the road towards Cuatro Cienegas). No major Mexican airline flies to Monclova. Venustiano Carranza International Airport (Q1932904) on Wikidata Monclova International Airport on Wikipedia

The usual way to get to Monclova is taking a plane to Monterrey, and then either a car or bus to Monclova. Buses are cheap (about US$10) and may take 3 to 4 hours to get to Monclova. It is also possible to hire a car and driver to pick you up. This is the most time efficient way to get to Monclova (about 2 hours and no waiting on a bus schedule), and the fare is usually about US$150. Contact Brenda's Car Rental in Monclova for more information.

By car[edit]

Monclova is about 3 hours south of the border crossing at Eagle Pass, Texas.

By bus[edit]

Buses go to Monclova from most northern Mexico cities. The main bus station is downtown at Cuahtemoc 100.

At the Tex-Mex border, buses to Monclova leave the Piedras Negras bus station hourly throughout the day. A first class bus ticket from the border costs M$192 (pesos) (as of April 2008). Grupo Senda's Coahuilenses line serves all significant towns in the region. [1]

Get around[edit]


Monclova is not a touristic city and there are few significant sites in town. However, you may want to see:

Parroquia de Santiago Apostol
  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024, starting at 13:23 local time and lasting 4 min. Chances of a clear sky are 70%. The eclipse tracks northeast from Mazatlan and Torreón to Monclova then towards Piedras Negras on the border with Texas.
  • 1 Parroquia de Santiago Apostol, Hidalgo Nte.. Located on the city's central plaza is a 200-year-old colonial style church. The sculpted greyish pink cantera facade and ornate iron gates are quite pretty.
  • 2 Coahuila and Texas Museum (Museo Coahuila y Texas), +52 866 632 0513. Somewhat small historical museum chronicling the period of history when Texas and Coahuila were a single, gigantic northern Mexican state. Much of the museum is an historical library and the exhibit space is of peripheral focus.
  • Pape Library Museum. It offers the visitor works of art and an important bibliographic collection. It is a modern building that houses this museum-library that in its two permanent exhibition rooms presents a collection of archaeological pieces and a variety of coins and medals. It also has another temporary exhibition space, where cultural events are held.
  • Santiago Apóstol Parish Church. Work of the 17th century, built by José Miguel Sánchez Navarro.
  • Hermitage of Zapopan. Work of the 18th century, replica of the existing church in Zapopan, Jalisco.
  • Teatro de la Ciudad. It is the most modern theater in the northeast of the country. With a capacity of more than 1000 spectators.
  • Monclova Astronomical Observatory. The largest in Coahuila.
  • Monclova Ecological and Wildlife Park. Formerly the Monclova Zoo, this reserve is unique in the state of Coahuila.


  • Los Acereros de Monclova, Estadio de Béisbol Monclova, Av. Cuauhtémoc No. 299. The local Mexican League baseball team. Acereros de Monclova (Q868101) on Wikidata Acereros de Monclova on Wikipedia
  • Xochipilli Park, Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos 50, +52 866 633 1566. Tuesday to Sunday during the winter season from 06:30 to 18:30, and Tuesday to Sunday during the summer from 06:00 to 20:00.. It is near the city center. You can perform various sports, recreational and cultural activities. It also has a children's area, a scenic train called Harold-ito, sports facilities, green areas and rest areas, an open-air theater, a Zipline and an archaeological route. (Q6062572) on Wikidata



Tacos de los Bomberos



  • Cactus, +52 866-635-1133. Blvd. Pape y Oaxaca. Traditional Mexican cuisine.
  • Las Fajitas, +52 866-646-00-79. Washington 415 y Frontera. Casual Mexican grill.
  • Los Corrales, +52 866-636-00-36. Blvd. Harold R. Pape y Frontera. Casual Mexican eatery with affordable meals and a kid-friendly family atmosphere.
  • Los Cuatro Vientos, +52 866-633-24-24. Blvd. Harold Pape 708. Casual seafood restaurant.
  • La Gringa









As of Dec 2021, Monclova has 4G from AT&T / Unefon and Telcel but no signal from the other Mexican carriers. 5G has not reached this area.

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