THE TOP TEN
IN THE WORLD
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
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.
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.