San Miguel de Allende Guide and Advisor

San Miguel de Allende Mexico Travel Guide will provide you with info and advise to select this beautiful colonial city as a destination in your next Mexico vacation.


San Miguel de Allende Mexico Travel Guide - About

San Miguel is a charming town in the state of Guanajuato. It is located in the Central part of the country, 270 km (168 miles) Northwest of Mexico city.

It is best known for its architecture, traditional festivities, atmosphere and hospitality of its inhabitants.

The town is the "perfect" Mexican town, because it represents Mexico in such a unique way. It has an way of life with tradition and charm. San Miguel was our preferred destination for a get away weekend when we lived in Mexico.

San Miguel was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its architecture, and cultural value among other things.

San Miguel is world-wide known and is probably the most visited typical small town in Mexico. It is today the home of hundreds of non-Mexican habitants that came to retire, study or enjoy its unique atmosphere.

It has excellent temperature ranging from 16 to 22 degrees Celsius throughout the year.


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San Miguel Things to Do

There are many things to do in San Miguel de Allende. Below we have gathered the top activities and places to visit:

  • Here is the list of the most important colonial buildings:

    • San Miguel Arcangel Church in the main plaza, built in the 18th century with neo-gothic and neo-classic style.
    • Conception Temple (Templo de la Concepcion), an 18th century building inspired by the disabled
  • "Jardin Botanico el Charco del Ingenio" located 2.5 km away is an ecological reserve created to protect the local wildlife. It also provides camping grounds with services.

  • Crafts market (Ignacio Ramirez market) with a variety of crafts from close by places. Hand blown glass, talavera pottery, brass and iron works, silver jewelry, and authentic clothing.

  • Visit one of the thermal springs located about 8 km (5 miles) away in the highway that connects San Miguel with the town of Dolores Hidalgo. There are three "balnearios": Taboada, La Gruta, and Escondido Place, all with pools, facilities, and restaurants.

  • Allende's House Historic Museum ("Museo Historico Casa de Allende") located next to the San Miguel church. It is the old house of General Ignacio Allende with some of his old belongings, and relevance of the town for the independence movement.

  • Festivals in San Miguel are very popular among national and international tourist. The main events during the year are:

    • La Sanmiguelada, which is similar to Pamplona's festival in Spain where calves are set free chasing people running in the streets. (Different from Pamplona where bulls are set free.)
    • The Chamber of Music Festival
    • The San Miguel Jazz Festival.

San Miguel de Allende Dinning and Nightlife

San Miguel has the best nightlife in this region of the country. There are fun discos, very nice restaurants and bars where to spend the evening. The town has many visitors every day, and many more during its festivals, so they create a dynamic atmosphere at night.

This small town has so many things to offer. You will find variety from Mexican, to Italian and French cuisine. Most of the restaurants will be in the surrounding streets of the main plaza.

Here are some typical food recommendations to look for in the plaza and around:

  • "Empanadas de Carnitas" (Pork wrapped in a corn tortilla and fried )
  • "Fiambre" (different meats with fruits, vegetables, olive oil and vinegar)
  • "Pan de Acambaro" local bread

How to Get and Move Around in San Miguel de Allende Mexico!

San Miguel is only a town and the closest airport is between the cities of Leon and Silao (called Bajio airport BJX). This airport is about an hour drive away. It receives regularly scheduled flights from major cities in Mexico, and from a few number of cities in the US(Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, and Los Angeles, CA). Other cities with airports close by are Queretaro, San Luis Potosi and Aguascalientes.

To move around in the city you can walk, or take taxi. Renting a car is a good idea in this part of Mexico because you will most likely want to visit other towns around. Just keep in mind that you may struggle since signaling is confusing in Mexico. The best way to get around is to get directions from somebody.

Around San Miguel de Allende there are other colonial towns worth visiting, and relatively close. Here are a few recommendations: Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Queretaro, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi.


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Where to Stay

In San Miguel de Allende you will find variety from luxury hotels, budget accommodation, and apartment rentals. The choice is yours depending on your budget and travel preferences, but we recommend selecting a hotel close to the main Plaza to take advantage of the best that San Miguel has to offer, its town charm.

San Miguel de Allende Mexico is a wonderful experience thanks to its architecture, history and culture and is the best representation of a typical Mexican town, with an exciting atmosphere. We are sure you will enjoy it!

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