Monterrey is the largest city in northern Mexico and one of the country’s leading business centres. The capital of the state of Nuevo Leon, it has the third most populous metropolitan area in Mexico and is known as La Sultana del Norte (The Sultan of the North), while its inhabitants are known as regiomontanos.
By Mexican standards Monterrey has enjoyed relatively late development, its population growing from a mere 45,000 in 1895 to its current level of three and a half million. In that time it has acquired an increasingly high profile. Despite being considered an industrial city, Monterrey boasts a lively cultural scene. There are over 50 museums dotted across the city, a large number of them in the Barrio Antiguo, which is home to the art hub Corredor del Arte. Though there are few colonial buildings to be found on its streets, the city has seen some eye-catching construction go up in recent years, lending it an authentically modern atmosphere.
Aside from tourist attractions such as El Parque Fundidora, La Macroplaza and El Paseo Santa Lucia, Monterrey also has its own deep-rooted cuisine, which features traditional dishes such as cabrito (kid goat) and machaca con huevo (shredded beef and eggs).
Monterrey is home to two of the best-supported teams in the land. Hailing from the suburb of San Nicolas de los Garza, Tigres play their football at El Universitario, otherwise known as El Volcán because of the passion of their vociferous fans. The stadium has hosted games at two FIFA World Cup™ finals (Mexico 1970 and Mexico 1986) and is also one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011.
Battling it out with them for local supremacy are Monterrey, one of the powerhouses of Mexican football and the winners of the 2009 Apertura. Derbies between the two city rivals are among the most passionate in the country and it is no exaggeration to say that Monterrey grinds to a halt whenever Los Tigres do battle with Los Rayados.