This is a colonial beauty, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, and was an important stop in the “silver route” between Zacatecas and Mexico City.
It is an important place.
Buildings from the 17th and 18th century stand today in great repair, making up its inimitable Historic Downtown.
These buildings, along narrow cobbled streets, tree-lined patios, and intricate architectural details with luxurious and comfortable interiors, make San Miguel de Allende one of the most beautiful cities in all of Mexico.
San Miguel de Allende, along with the Sanctuary of Jesus of Atotonilco (also a World Heritage Site), is one of the clearest expressions of the evolution of varied tendencies and styles in religious and civil architecture: from the baroque to the neo gothic of the late 19th century.
Visiting the parish church of Saint Michael the Archangel, the city’s iconic figure.
Its construction dates to the late 17th century, and we are sure that its neo gothic facade will not fail to captivate you.
Walk the famous artisanal market along the Andador Lucas Balderas (a little street from which to see the market) and check out the crafts, trinkets, and colorful decorative pieces, all of which you can take home with you.
Discover the wild side of San Miguel de Allende in the Canyon of the Coyotes.
This is a Mexican “Wild West” of sorts, with glens and ravines, steep hillsides, lakes, rivers, cacti, and pack animals.
It is close to Cañada de la Virgen, some twenty minutes from the city’s downtown area.
Here you can ride its powerful horses through the pristine scenery.
No worries if you don’t ride; a guide can help you with a crash course on horseback riding!
Prepare to taste some pretty unforgettable food in San Miguel de Allende.
Being that this was a city for passersby, the city is a showcase of the influences of all its visitors over the years from cities all over: Guanajuato, Zacatecas, and Querétaro, for instance.
We recommend eating in Andanza, in the Casa de Sierra Nevada Hotel You will find a celebration of Mexican ingredients with a modern touch, with dishes like shrimp “dobladitas” with huitlacoche and chaya, suckling pig ravioli, and a fresh and delicious salad of chicken with watermelon, chiles, and green onion sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt.
Among its many festivals stands out its Festival of Baroque Music.
Each year during March, for about a week the historic and cultural spaces of San Miguel de Allende are full of classical music, performed by artists of international renown.
Things to see and do
mirador, trolley car, art and culture, architecture, gastronomy, spa, horseback riding, rappel, ATVs, destination weddings, guided tours, hiking.