San Miguel de Allende (The best of Guanajuato)


Possibly the Guanajuato state hide two of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, Guanajuato itself and San Miguel de Allende. We could list hundreds of qualifiers for San Miguel de Allende, but if we had to define it in one word that would be beautiful. It is a lively city, full of color, with atmosphere in its streets and on its terraces. In every alley it is possible to listen to music in abundance and taste the best cuisine of Mexico.

Curiosities of San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende was founded in 1542 by a friar named Juan of San Miguel. In those times San Miguel de Allende it was a land that lacked water and with four houses. It was not until the nineteenth century when it went from being a town to a city. From that moment on, the city grew and gained a name, largely because of its mild climate. In the mid-50s of the 20th century, ex-combatants of the Second World War attracted by its tourist attractions and the excellent education of the city. Today more than 10,000 Americans live, especially retirees, for the cost and quality of life offered by San Miguel de Allende.

San Miguel de Allende from a balloon

For a few years and thanks to its colonial architecture it was named by Unesco World Heritage.

The 5 best places in San Miguel de Allende

There are places, there are stages, but the best thing about San Miguel de Allende is to walk through streets and find colonial buildings, vintage doors, gardens, fountains, small hermitages and see how each street or each house changes color.

It is a sight to see these narrow streets, as if it were a period museum. Sometimes you come across old or classic cars Volkswagen Beetle that were manufactured in Mexico up to 10 years. Besides, there are the restaurant patios, old mansions of nobles and that take care of your card and the space they occupy to the maximum detail.

San Miguel de Allende

Definitely, the best of San Miguel de Allende It is not a specific place, it is the set of all the architecture that forms this idyllic city from the past and that preserves all those charms even at the height of tourism.

1 Parish of San Miguel Arcángel

The symbol of the city and visible almost from any corner. Its pink towers next to Allende Garden It is the favorite place of the locals. Its construction is relatively modern, from the 19th century, but the church that shelters, that of San Rafael, dates from 1742.

Parish of San Miguel Arcángel

2 The Jardin Allende

It is the heart of the city and center of the restoration. There are organized many events and shows and is one of the favorite places for tourists to take a Crown in one of its terraces.

Jardin Allende

3 Temple of the Immaculate Conception

It is known as "the nuns" as it is currently a convent. It is less than 5 minutes from Jardin Allende and the best view You can have it from the Ignacio Ramirez Cultural Center.

Temple of the Immaculate

4 San Francisco Temple

I would not know if it is baroque, since the guides themselves doubt the style of this church. Possibly because the tower belongs to another era than the majestic facade. In the upper part, the perfectly sculpted saints stand alongside Christ crucified.

5 Ignacio Ramírez Cultural Center

It is one of the central points of the culture of San Miguel de Allende. The arches and the inner garden stand out from where you can see the Temple of the Immaculate.

Its terraces and roofs

With the arrival of tourism the city has been regaining life. Most of the restaurants they are carefully cared for and the terraces, some on the roofs of the buildings, offer very special views and moments. Some of them turn into cocktail bars and others into quiet terraces overlooking the city ​​roofs. It is worth visiting them both day and night, since the lighting makes them change in such a way that it seems that we are visiting another bar.

San Miguel de Allende

Most of the restaurants have interior patios or share space with the rooms of more than one Boutique hotel, as new charming hotels are called.

Activities in San Miguel de Allende

But in San Miguel it's not just all about walking. San Miguel has two attractions that are very worthwhile. Tour the city by four-engine or quad or see the city from the air, from a balloon.

Balloon fly

Most of the photographs you can find in the travel guides come from a balloon route. Flying in a balloon is a cluster of sensations. You travel slow, leisurely, with thousands of buildings under your feet and with panoramic views of scandal. If you can afford it, take the balloon tour, it's a delight.

Flying in balloon

Quad / Four-engine

When you arrive in San Miguel de Allende, the following question is asked. Will I have to climb all these slopes to see the city? The answer is yes. But of course, in a city like this the laws are somewhat different and as in all of Mexico the use of four-engine It is so widespread that you can circulate with them throughout the city. The best, take an excursion and tour the entire city. The agency par excellence is Discisco Guanajuato.

ATV / Quad

Practical data

Where to eat or dine?

It is difficult to decide in a place like San Miguel de Allende. Around the Allende Garden there are many terraces and restaurants, all full of life and with good Mexican food.

Where to sleep?

Here are a series of recommendations to stay in San Miguel de Allende.

Low price

  • La Catrina Hostel. In San Miguel it is possible to sleep for € 18 and good!
  • Hotelito San Miguel.

Half price

  • Shangrila Boutique Bed & Breakfast. Very colorful and not far from the center.
  • Watercolor Bed & Breakfast. Impeccable rooms and a spectacular terrace.

High price

  • La Puertecita Boutique Hotel. A small paradise with two swimming pools with luxury apartments.

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