San Miguel de Allende is one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico. Founded in 1539 by the Franciscan's, it was the first battleground of the Revolution of 1810 and was later named a National Historic site by the Mexican Government. San Miguel de Allende today is preserved by law in all it's colonial glory.
The Centro or downtown of San Miguel de Allende is a small area in size but contains gorgeous churches, sun filled plazas, cobblestone streets and a glimpse of life in real Mexico. San Miguel de Allende has a significant population of retired Gringos who live full time in this beautiful setting. There are also many students, artists and tourists who visit each year to get a taste of the colonial lifestyle. The climate offers an almost year-round springtime feel. The winter features daytime highs in the low 70's and nightly lows in the 50's. The summer has daytime highs in the 80's and the evening lows are in the 60's and there are often afternoon or evening thunder storms or showers. Humidity is low all year.
The pace of living is relaxed and there is plenty of time to stop and smell the flowers (of which there are ample amounts everywhere).
The many restaurants, shops, art galleries and the general overall friendliness of the Mexican people make this mountain hideaway a must for the discriminating traveler who seeks a slice of colonial Mexico culture and lifestyle. San Miguel de Allende is an annual favorite in both the Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler reader's favorite destination survey.
San Miguel de Allende is 180 miles Northwest of Mexico City and 65 miles east of Guanajuato/Leon ( Bajio Airport - BJX ). The city can be accessed by flights in to both the above cities and private cars and taxis are available to complete the journey. There are ample accommodations in San Miguel de Allende in hotels, B & B's or by renting private homes through various agencies specializing in vacation rentals.
Insider's Guide to San Miguel
For a comprehensive guidebook on San Miguel, see Archie Dean's The Insider's Guide to San Miguel:
One way to see San Miguel is to participate in a walking tour. Benefiting Patronata Pro Niños, the tour is held several times a week, covering the founding of San Miguel and how the major buildings played a part in the Revolution of 1810. More information.
San Miguel Concierge
If you need either a little guidance or want a full concierge service like that you would expect in a first class hotel or on a planned vacation, we recommend San Miguel Concierge.