Welcome to San Miguel De Allende, a very classic town in the sense of its history. This town is famous for being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende who helped spark the Mexican Revolution. His efforts had a great part in this city being the first to be declared free of Spanish rule. As a result, there are many historic landmarks to be seen in this city.
Population 2005: 139,297
Airport: Guanajuato International Airport
San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful city located in Mexico’s central highland, the Bajio, that draws many return visitors annually. It is famous for the well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture that fills the historical center. The best example of this is the towering church of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, allegedly inspired by the epic Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi in Barcelona and is now one of the most photographed churches in Mexico. The cobble-stoned streets make the town easily navigable. Don’t forget to head to the Municipal Market for some cheap eats and to get an insight into the ingredients and food of the area or to the oldest part of town, El Chorro. Spend an evening at dusk in one of the many rooftop restaurants or bars for beautiful views overlooking the city. For something a bit different, head to the Mask Museum which hosts an incredible collection of masks highlighting the importance of the mask culture in Mexico. At the weekend, the town comes alive with cultural music and dance displays. If you want to head out of town for a bit of nature, take a walk through the wild conservation area at El Charco del Ingenio or a day trip to one of the hot springs like El Escondido or La Gruta on the road to Dolores Hidalgo.
- Colonial Architecture
- Cafe culture
- Botanical Garden
- Hot Springs
- Eco Parks
- Spanish Schools
- Night Life
- ATV Adventures
The cultural elements of San Miguel De Allende received its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The city’s rich history dates back to the 1500’s, when the main activity was in the silver trade. Still today, San Miguel de Allende has preserved its reputation as a colonial heritage site and it was declared as a National Historic Monument by the Mexican government in 1926 and a Pueblo Magico in 2002.
Hotels in San Miguel are spread through the city. However take into account that the center of the city is where all of the action is. Take your time and find a good location.
San Miguel is a very welcoming town to backpackers and adventure travelers. If you are making a trip through this part of Mexico you are going to want to make a stop here.