About San Miguel de Allende
Uncover central Mexico in San Miguel de Allende. This colonial-era city is in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains, making for awe-inspiring views and the ideal year-round climate, sunny by day and cool at night. Take in the baroque architecture that has earned the city a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list and check out the vibrant local arts scene, from big galleries to artists' personal workshops. San Miguel's streets get even brighter when it's time for a festival, which it often is. Visit in June for the Fiesta de los Locos, a colourful street carnival.
Choose a San Miguel de Allende hostel in a colonial building to get an up-close view of the city’s famous architecture or pick one with a classic courtyard and private terraces to take advantage of the cooler mountain nights. Some San Miguel de Allende hostels even have upscale facilities like spas and professional masseuses. You can find places which offer free breakfast and some hostels have handy on-site restaurants. With free Wi-Fi in most places, planning your next move is easy too.
Central San Miguel de Allende is a walkable maze of cobbled streets, parks and churches. Head to the Guadalupe neighbourhood for a taste of the local art scene; the streets are alive with bold and creative murals. For a stunning sunset, make the climb up to the hillside neighbourhood of Balcones, which overlooks the colourful heart of the city. You'll often find festivals and parades filling the streets with music, as well as plenty of good restaurants and galleries.
Get to grips with the city’s architecture and take a tour of the Gaudí-inspired Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, a church famous for its pink limestone spires. You can find trinkets and souvenirs at the Mercado de Artesanías, which is brimming with woven and papier-mâché handicrafts. For art, visit Fabrica La Aurora, an art and design centre in a former textile factory. El Jardín park is an ideal spot for relaxing in the sunshine; you might even be serenaded by a street musician while you're there. For an epic sunset (and a cocktail), head up to one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants.
The closest airport to San Miguel de Allende is Del Bajío International Airport, about 90 minutes away by taxi or group shuttle. Coming in by bus? The Central de Autobuses bus station is just outside the centre. Most sights are walkable, though you can also get around by bus or taxi.