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SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
The town is the thing, the promise of community. The streets and sidewalks are narrow. People talk to each other, engage easily.
- Travel and Leisure
The lack of street lights and billboards makes the region romantically and historically beautiful, and the city itself offers a traditional feeling of a small town in the heart of Mexico.
- Conde Nast Traveler
Colonial Skyscrapers: Twilight descends over San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.
- National Geographic Traveler
2019. Travel + Leisure's vote for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico # 1 BEST CITY IN MEXICO and #2 BEST CITY IN THE WORLD Award.
Color, texture and flavor all in the same place. The halls are filled with beautiful fresh flowers fruit and vegetables that blend into the smells of traditional mexican cooking.
A unique private colection of mexican vintage toys. Its basically a folk art museum and a great place to take kids.
The owners, American expats Heidi and Bill LeVasseur, curate an extensive collection of approximately 500 ceremonial masks that all together comprise an eclectic display. Indigenous textiles, handmade paper and traditional dolls can also be found throughout the gallery.
An 18th th century church located 10 minutes outside of San Miguel. The main feature of the complex is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the mainnave and chapels. Also a historic land mark. An image of the Guadalupe Virgin was taken from Atotonilco and served as Mexico´s first Insurgent flag.
Mojigangas that are giant paper maché puppets that are part of every parade, practically a San Miguel Icon.
Originally a convent, Bellas Artes is and art paradise. Art expos and different kind of clases are tought daily. You must alsostop by to see the colorfull mural made by famous muralist in the late 1940´s by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Day of the Dead is the most Mexican tradition of all! Its believed that on November 2nd the dead revisit their families. The altars, costumes, flowers, decoration and parades are a wonderful opportunity to see what Mexican culture is all about. San Miguel has mixed ancient traditions with new interpretations of this special day with music, art, culinary experiences and more.
The Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, a towering parish church overlooking El Jardin from the southern side of the plaza. The prominent church's neo-Gothic design is the vision of the self-taught stonemason and architect Zeferino Gutiérrez, who is rumored to have used European lithographs of Belgian and German churches for artistic inspiration.
This more than 170-acre botanical garden set in an ecological preserve, you'll have the chance to spot wildlife, walk along greenery-lined trails and learn about various species of local cacti.
Just outside of San Miguel are several hot mineral springs that have been made into bathing spots. They're all just off the road leading to Dolores Hidalgo. 10 minutes away from San Miguel.
A 40-acre archaeological site, Cañada de La Virgen is a sprawling nature preserve located just 15 miles west of San Miguel de Allende. Explore the site and you'll find seven Toltec pyramid structures across four complexes.
A beautiful 205 acre park made at the end of the 19th century in honor of president Benito Juarez has French Inspired architecture as well as fountains and trails that are idea for a morning walk or run.
With 200 + options of restaurants and food stands, the culinary scene is San Miguel is thriving. Endless options of food, from fine dinning to delicious street food the options can satisfy the pickiest eater.
A textile mill from 1902 to 1991, Fabrica La Aurora has since become an art-lover's paradise in northern San Miguel. There you´ll find art, jewelery, home decor and more.
Information about San Miguel de Allende
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A place not to be missed and never to be forgotten!
San Miguel de Allende sits at 6,400 feet among a vast plateau of rolling hills in the Sierra Madre mountain range. This beautifully restored 400-year-old colonial silver city, considered by many to be the most picturesque town, is protected by the government as a Historic Trust to ensure it remains that way.
One of the pleasing aspects is the superb spring like climate San Miguel has most of the year. Warm, sunny days, cool nights, and low humidity, the temperatures range on average from 68º F to 45º F in the winter months. The rainy season hits between June and October with late afternoon showers that can linger into the evenings. Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket for cool evening breezes.
Awards and recognitions for San Miguel de Allende, GTO Mexico
2008. In 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town's religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic.
2013. In 2013, it won the title of “Best City in the World” by readers of the prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast.
2016. This year, San Miguel has also won the titles of “Best city in Latin America” and third “Best city in the world “ by Travel + Leisure´s World´s Best Awards.
2017 and 2018. Travel + Leisure's vote for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico BEST CITY IN THE WORLD Award.
2019. Travel + Leisure's vote for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
voted # 1 BEST CITY in MEXICO and #2 BEST CITY in the WORLD Award.
2020. Travel + Leisure's vote for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
voted # 2 BEST CITY in MEXICO.
Mexico City 171 miles
Querétaro 40 miles
Leon Airport (Silao) 125 miles
Dolores Hidalgo 27 miles
Guanajuato 56 miles
How To Get Here
Flying into Leon, Guanajuato (BJX) airport, about 1 ½ hour drive to San Miguel,is the easiest. Driving time from Mexico City airport is approximately 4 hours. Aeromexico, Continental, American and Mexicana are among the carries that fly into either of these international airports. Continental also flies into the Queretaro Airport (QRO) which is only 1 hour away.
Bilingual Driver For Airport And Tour Services
Once you have reserved an accommodation, we offer the services of our bilingual driver, Leandro Delgado of Leandro Tours and Transportation, for your transport from and to the airport in a private car or van. The driver’s fare is not included in the rental price. The fare is quoted based on the airport of arrival and size vehicle required for your transport. Leandro Tours and Transportation can also be engaged for excursions to the surrounding sites, cities and beyond.
When to visit
Cultural festivals and religious events are held in San Miguel de Allende each month. Here is a partial list of some of the better known times of year to visit.
High tourist season is from December through April, June, July, and August.
FEBRUARY-Dia de Candelaria- February 2nd. A beauitful 2 week festival of flowers held in Benito Juarez park.
The San Miguel Writer's conference, generally held mid-month in February.
EASTER- A series of events starting two Sundays before Easter mark this highly celebrated time.
JUNE - (1st Sunday after the 13th) marks the Dia de Los Locos, a parade with music and floats. Culinary festival Sabores San Miguel.
JULY -San Miguel Food Festival attracts internationl chefs for a variety of cuisine.
Mid-July - The Guanajuato International Film Festival.
EARLY AUGUST- The world-class Festival de Musica de Camara, a classical Chamber music festival.
SEPTEMBER-- The city comes to life with parades, fireworks, running of the bulls, concheros dancers, and galas celebrating Independencia.
* 15th-16th of September- Independence Day, celebrated with fireworks, dances and the ''Grito'' a historic call to arms read at 11 PM in front of La Parroquia.
* Last Friday in September is when Saint Michael Archangel, San Miguel's patron saint is honored with fireworks, church bells, parades, Indian dancers (xuichles) and religious devotion.
NOVEMBER 1st and 2nd -Day of the Dead.
Late November - Jazz Festival International.
Posadas and pastorelas, nativity plays celebrating Christmas.