San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is a colonial highland dream; baroque architecture, quaint cobbled streets and an array of art galleries and history museums. A magical city full of character, romantic ambience and distinct culture, visitors will delight in all of its treasures.
The city gained its UNESCO World Heritage status recently and the recognition of its beauty has attracted many travellers; descending on the city, visitors are discovering this little known jewel in Mexico’s central region. Beautiful churches, charming plazas and traditional spirit characterise the city; a place made for afternoon strolling and exploring hidden corners. The cathedral is San Miguel’s focal point, its intricate Gothic and Baroque style make it extremely stunning and definitely not worth missing.
The city’s eclectic shops range from souvenir stores to boutiques selling traditional crafts. The museums and galleries tell stories of the city’s history, including its involvement in World War II and prominent position in the silver trade; it’s impossible to ignore San Miguel’s vibrant art community as its creativity and individuality flows through its roots. A proliferation of top restaurants have also sprung up, catering to the new influx of tourists that the UNESCO status brought – and due to its temperate climate, most eateries are on rooftops, affording sweeping views of the cathedral and beyond.
The city’s walkability makes it a favourite for locals and older travellers, as getting around is fairly easy. In the morning you could spend a few hours at a cooking class, have some lunch in the historic centre and then while away the afternoon at San Miguel Artistico where you can explore rare art collections with textiles, wooden crafts and traditional paintings. Outside of the city, the mineral hot springs of Las Grutas are a wonderful place to relax, rejuvenate and soak up the desert air.
The surrounding vineyards of San Miguel are beginning to gain some recognition in the wine world and areal worth the one to two hour’s drive from the centre.
When to go: The best time to visit San Miguel de Allende is between November and April, during the dry season when the weather is pleasant. The summer months bring hotter temperatures but more rainfall. The Christmas and Easter periods see higher hotel rates.
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