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Guide to San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende is practically bursting with colour and charm. We have been lucky enough to visit this area quite a few times as it is where our new Refried Beans are made and fell in love with the picture postcard sights! In our Guide to San Miguel de Allende we share some insight into the area, why you should visit and when, and our top recommendations for the best things to do, where to stay and where to eat.

Why Visit San Miguel de Allende?

cobblestone street in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is a world heritage site for its exceptional charm, uniqueness and historical significance. Full of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, art galleries and innovative restaurants, it won’t disappoint. In fact, Travel+Leisure named it one of the best cities in the world. You better hurry because this once well-kept secret is out!

Where is San Miguel de Allende?

Map showing where San Miguel de Allende is in Mexico

You will find San Miguel de Allende in the mountains of Central Mexico located approximately 270km from Mexico City. It is in the Mexican State of Guanajuato at an altitude of 1910 meters above sea level.

How do you get to San Miguel de Allende?

Travelling to San Miguel via bus

We highly recommend spending a few days in Mexico City! You can then take a taxi to the Terminal Norte bus station in Mexico City. From there you will find buses direct to SMdA.

When is the best time to go to San Miguel de Allende?

rainy season in Mexico

We recommend visiting San Miguel de Allende from November to April. The climate here doesn’t vary too much throughout the year. But you will be able to avoid the rainy season travelling during these months. 

A little bit of history

history of San Miguel de Allende

Founded in 1542 by friar Juan de San Miguel. The village offered a safe, protected place for merchants travelling from Zacatecas to Mexico City carrying silver and other precious goods.

It soon turned into an important commercial and industrial hub. Declared a city in 1826 and renamed San Miguel de Allende in honour of Ignacio Allende a Spaniard born in San Miguel. He played a key role in the Mexicans winning the War of Independence.

In 2002 the government designated San Miguel “Pueblo Magico” for its historical importance and its charm. Now regonised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site under the name of Villa Protectora de San Miguel y Santuario de Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Garden Plaza Allende

From getting lost in the city to the best sights be sure to check out our blog on the best things to do in San Miguel.

Where to Stay in San Miguel de Allende?

Casa No Name Patio

There’s no shortage of charming hotels to choose from in this quaint picturesque city. In our where to stay in San Miguel de Allende blog, we share our top recommendations.

Where to Eat in San Miguel de Allende?

Inside of restaurant Mama Mia with mariachis

Obviously one of the most important parts of planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende is the food! In our blog where to eat in San Miguel de Allende we share our top tips with choices for every budget.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to San Miguel de Allende. We would love to see if you make it here, please be sure to tag us #granluchito.

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