Callejón del Beso is a famous alleyway in Ciudad de Guanajuato graced with its own tragic love story.
Legend has it that Carmen, daughter of a wealthy family, lived in the building on the left. Carmen’s strict, controlling father insisted on marrying her to a rich man and didn’t allow her to date. But one day at church, Carmen met Don Carlos, a humble miner. They fell in love and started seeing each other in secret. When Carmen’s father found out he locked her in her room and forbade her to see Don Carlos again. He threatened to marry Carmen to a Spanish nobleman, to secure his daughter’s fate and increase his fortune.
A panicked Carmen convinced her faithful maid to deliver a letter to Don Carlos, explaining her father’s plan. Don Carlos couldn’t give up on his true love; he used his life’s savings and bought the house across the alleyway, close enough to spend every night talking to Carmen. Their love bloomed and they sealed each night with a kiss across their balconies — until one night when Carmen’s father stormed into her room in a rage. He had heard their whispers. In his anger, he took a dagger and stabbed Carmen, killing her. When he realized what he had done, he fell to his knees. Don Carlos was inconsolable; days later, unable to live without his love, he threw himself down a mineshaft.
Today, you can pay to replicate the forbidden kiss across the two balconies where Carmen & Don Carlos lived (without the gruesome consequences).