Located just 20 miles south of Green Valley on Interstate 19, Tubac, Ariz., is a destination for the arts.
Established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio, the first Spanish colonial garrison in what is now Arizona, Tubac was one of the stops on the Camino Real (the “Royal Road”) from Mexico to the Spanish settlements in California.
Tubac was depopulated during the O’odham Uprising in the 18th century. During the 19th century, the area was repopulated by miners, farmers and ranchers, but the town of Tubac is best known today as an artists’ colony, featuring over 100 eclectic shops and world class galleries situated along meandering streets punctuated by hidden courtyards and sparkling fountains.
A full day can easily disappear wandering amongst Tubac’s wealth of painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography, as well as unique regional fashion, leather, crafts, antiques and jewelry.
Tubac offers a variety of housing options, from single family homes, town homes and condominiums starting in the 100’s, to sprawling Spanish-influenced presidios at over $1 million.