San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Parish Church of San Miguel Archangel.

 

San Miguel de Allende

Awarded World's Best City

Photography and Story by David Lewis Taylor

Spring 2024 beckons as the ideal season to explore the enchanting streets of San Miguel de Allende. With an array of new flight options, reaching this magical destination has never been more convenient. San Miguel’s allure lies in its rich tapestry of Mexican history, vibrant culture, time-honored traditions, and contemporary flair, reminiscent of the diverse flavors of its locally crafted tequilas.
For our stay, we’ve chosen the exquisite Rosewood San Miguel de Allende as our sanctuary amidst the town’s narrow cobblestone lanes. These streets, adorned with vividly painted facades and elegant stone colonnades, meander through a breathtaking display of colonial architecture. A mere stroll leads to bustling plazas, verdant garden parks, bustling markets, and a plethora of historical and architectural wonders, all within the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

 
 

 
 

Sanctuary of Jesus of Atotonilco

 

Modern Sophistication

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San Miguel’s hidden gems await discovery, from serene courtyards veiled behind imposing wooden doors to the world’s smallest tequila tasting room. Whether wandering through quaint shops, indulging in fine dining at courtyard restaurants, or savoring drinks at rooftop bars, every corner reveals a new delight within the town’s centuries-old charm.
The heart of San Miguel pulses within the Jardin Allende, where the striking Parish Church of San Miguel Archangel stands tall in pink sandstone glory. Nearby, the 18th-century Sanctuary of Jesus of Atotonilco captivates with its meticulously hand-painted murals, another UNESCO treasure not to be missed.
Delve into the town’s rich history at the Museo Historico de San Miguel de Allende and immerse yourself in the arts at the Ignacio Ramírez Cultural Center “El Nigromante.” Here, historical murals blend seamlessly with contemporary exhibitions, music festivals, and creative workshops, housed within a former 18th-century convent.

Days in San Miguel are a tapestry of leisure, with children frolicking in the Jardin Allende, and visitors and locals alike enjoying mariachi melodies and vibrant evening festivities. Embracing both its storied past and dynamic present, San Miguel stands as a beacon of Mexican beauty, consistently hailed as one of the country’s most captivating destinations.

 

Inside Bovine Brassiere.

 
 

San Jose La Vista Vineyards features one of the beautiful wedding venues in San Miguel.

 
 

Globo San Miguel offers sunrise excursions over San Miguel and the surrounding area.

 

Discover San Miguel

Indulge in culinary delights at establishments like Bovine, Chef Paul Bentley’s gastronomic haven, or explore the curated offerings at Doce 18 Concept House. Delight in midday pastries at charming cafes, savor sunset views from rooftop bars, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local markets, offering a tantalizing array of artisanal goods and fresh produce.
Venture beyond the town’s cobblestone streets to experience San Miguel’s breathtaking landscape from above, whether drifting serenely in a Globo San Miguel hot air balloon at dawn or embarking on wine tours to the region’s esteemed wineries. Explore the tranquil oasis of El Charco del Ingenio botanical garden, where winding pathways reveal a stunning array of native flora against the backdrop of rugged canyon terrain.
As the sun sets on another day in San Miguel de Allende, one cannot help but be captivated by its timeless allure, a destination where every moment unfolds with beauty and grace.

 

Around town in San Miguel. (Clockwise) Delicious baked good at El Petit Four, Peruvian cuisine at La Parada. An incredibly beautiful selection of ceramics and pottery at Trinitate.

 
 

El Charco del Ingenio is a tranquil garden, proclaimed a Peace Zone by the Dalai Lama and features views to nearby downtown San Miguel.

 

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