San Miguel de Allende City. The principal city in the municipality of San Miguel de Allende.
It is in the far eastern part of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Almost 20% of residents are foreign born.
Named after General Ignacio Allende, a prominent figure in Mexico’s War of Independence.
A historic City with its history dating back to 1542.
The tallest building in the city, with a façade of pink limestone, is the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel.
The City has vibrant arts community with many studios and galleries with working artists and artisans.
The historic center of San Miguel encompasses 24 blocks of narrow streets, alleys, and paths without any traffic lights.
Today, an old section of the town is part of a proclaimed World Heritage Site, attracting thousands of tourists and new residents from abroad every year.
The Protective town of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco is UNESCO’s World Heritage Site since 2008.
7 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
- No need for car rentals here. Most streets are walkable. Walking is the best way to discover more architecture and galleries. Bring comfortable walking shoes and a jacket in winter.
- The Town is UNESCO’s world heritage site since 2008 due to its historical, cultural and architectural importance.
- The city is built alongside a mountain range with the heart of the city being in a valley.
- An English-language paper, Atención, carries local news as well as full listings of what to see and do.
- San Miguel is congested, and street parking is scarce. A white pole or sign at the end of a street marks the stopping point for parking.
- 10% of San Miguel’s 80,000 residents are expats from the U.S., Canada, Europe and elsewhere.
- Houses in San Miguel are cheap to buy right now since so many Americans are flooding the market trying to sell the second homes they can no longer afford.
11 THINGS TO DO IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
- Hang Out in the Square. El Jardin is surrounded by gorgeous buildings such as the parish church of San Miguel.
- Take a Day Trip to Cañada de La Virgen and enjoy camping, horseback riding, and astronomy tours.
- Take a Look Inside the Church La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel .
- Visit the Botanical Garden El Charco del Ingenio and have the chance to do a bit of bird watching, or sit down for a picnic near a waterfall.
- Go on a Walking Tour. It’s fun wandering around the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende on your own, but it’s even better when you’re accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.
- Study Spanish with the help of super friendly locals and schools to enroll in.
- Visit the Home of Ignacio Allende, a hero and martyr of the Mexican independence movement.
- Take a Walk to a Viewpoint, El Mirador. Just 15-20 minutes walk away from the plaza.
- Visit Fabrica La Aurora, a bustling collection of shops, galleries, and cafes that many refer to as a paradise for art lovers.
- Dive into the Art Scene. There are museums, galleries, and institutes all over town, including the famous Instituto Allende.
- See a Show at the Theater. A trip to the Angela Peralta Theatre is definitely one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende.