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San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende (Mexico)

Practical information on San Miguel de Allende

  • Encounters with locals
  • Romantic
  • Park and garden
  • Countryside
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Unesco World Heritage
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1 hour from Guanajuato by bus
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of San Miguel de Allende

Delphine Teisserenc Seasoned Traveller
46 written opinions

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel de Allende is a tranquil town with exceptional colonial architecture.

My suggestion:
Take some time to wander through the streets of San Miguel de Allende and go round its handcraft market before having a good lunch on the terrace of a restaurant.
My review
San Miguel de Allende is a fine city nestling in a semi-arid region in the center of Mexico. I was working in  "El Charco del Ingenio" botanical garden so I spent more than a month in the town. I strongly recommend that you spend half a day visiting the park. It specializes in cactus, and has a good position up from the town with a large choice of walks that have exceptional panoramas. If you have the time I suggest you take the path from the end of the park and walk back to the center of town.
Eva Martin Seasoned Traveller
181 written opinions

To the east of Guanajuato State, this is a colourful, colonial city.

My suggestion:
San Miguel is also a great place to shop for unusual gifts. The numerous gallerys and jewelry shops have lovely, Mexican creations with a modern twist!
My review
In 2013, San Miguel de Allende was voted 'Best City in the World' by readers of a well known, travel glossy. Its location in an area that has great weather all year round and its stunning architecture no doubt helped secure this title. Its multi-cultural character is also a big plus. For many years now, Americans and Europeans have moved there to retire and spend their golden years enjoying a Mexican lifestyle. So, if you pay the city a visit during your trip to Mexico, , don't be surprised if you see a few grey hairs and hear some British accents!
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