Driving along the federal highway 51 in the
State of Guanajuato, Mexico you get to the wonderful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende.
San Miguel de Allende is a cosmopolitan and picturesque colonial city, internationally renowned. Its beautiful architecture and pleasant environment
have made this city to become an important tourism center, visited by writers, artists and foreigners, some of which have made of San Miguel de Allende their
home. Today high quality artistic and cultural events are carried out here, like the International Hall Music Festival, the Winter Classic Music Festival,
the Wool and Brass Fair, the traditional Pamplonada in September, and the Jazz Festival, among others.
There are also numerous art exhibitions presented in San Miguel de Allende during the year. Our visitors can take part in the cultural activities,
visiting different artistic areas and/or taking classes there with acknowledged teachers.
Located near San Miguel de Allende there are many thermal hot springs and spas for those who wish to relax and unwind. The warmth and friendliness of the
people and the awe inspiring colonial architecture have enveloped many who are spellbound forever by this city of unparalleled charm.
Climate 64.4° F - 18°C
Main places to visit in San Miguel de Allende:
Jardin Principal (Main Garden).
Located in the heart of the City, is the meeting spot for most people anytime. Its surrounded by beautiful buildings and archways from the
La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel (San Miguel Arcangel Parish).
This spectacular church was built at the beginning of the 18th Century. Its neogothic facade was erected by the famous master stone-mason
Presidencia Municipal (Mayor's Office).
Built in 1736, the interior houses a painting depicting the creation of the first City Council of independent Mexico (September 17, 1810).
Templo de la Concepcion (Immaculate Conception Church).
Best known as "Templo de las Monjas", was also built by Zeferino Gutierrez between 1755 and 1891, inspired in the Church of the Disabled in Paris.
Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez "El Nigromante" (National Institute of Fine Arts).
The building was erected as a convent for the Conception's nuns in 1754, nowadays its a beautiful art institute which offers classes in painting,
drawing, sculpture, music and dance. It has two art galleries that constantly show the works of well known artists.
Instituto Allende Allende's Institute. Venerable mansion built in de 17th Century and was originally used as a weekend retreat by
Count Tomas de la Canal and currently used as a cultural institute (arts and language school). The house appears much like a ranch, with high walls and
small windows; the palatial patio, with its magnificent neoclassical font more likely originates from the 19th Century; the chapel still retains
some of its fresco paintings and colonial works of art.
Templo de San Francisco (San Francisco's Church).
Churrigueresque church from the 18th Century. Its neoclassical tower was built in 1799 by the architect Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras.
The neoclassic interior contains paintings depicting the death of St. Francis.
Santa Casa de Loreto (Loreto Chapel). A reproduction of its namesake in Italy, the chapel was built in the 18th Century and its
facade is baroque in style.
Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Church of Our Lady of Health). Designed by Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro, this church dates back
to the 18th Century. The facade is churrigueresque in style and the interior houses oil paintings depicting religious scenes.
Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal (The Palace of "Condes de la Canal").
Neoclassic style building. Its enormous wooden carved main door has beautiful baroque details.
Casa del Inquisidor (Inquisitor's House).
This house dates back to the end of the 18th Century and its elaborate facade denotes a strong French influence.
Teatro Angela Peralta (Angela's Peralta Theater).
This neoclassic theater was inaugurated on May 20, 1873 with a performance by renowned Mexican opera singer Angela Peralta. Now provides
a luxurious setting for performances.
Biblioteca Publica (Public Libarary). This beautiful colonial building contains Mexico's second largest English language library.
Plaza Civica (Civic Square). Built in honor of General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga.
Oratorio de San Felipe Neri (San Felipe's Neri Oratory). Built at the beginning of the 18th Century, its facade is a beautiful and
original example of baroque architecture and its interiors contain beautiful neoclassic altars as well as works of art by Miguel Cabrera.
Paseo del Chorro (The Water Spring). This water spring was originally used by local indigenous tribes before being discovered by
the Spanish in the 16th Century. It is now a shady and peaceful park which contains a colorful public washing area.
Santuario de Atotonilco (Sanctuary of Atotonilco). Just 15 minutes away form San Miguel, on the road to Dolores Hidalgo, this
extraordinary spot has been a place of pilgrimage since colonial times. The church was built between 1746 and 1810. The walls and domed ceilings of
the church are filled with 18th Century murals depicting the life of Christ. Other murals depict sinners doing their penance. Historical place where
the priest Miguel Hidalgo having given the "grito" (shout) for independence in Dolores and rushing with a group of followers toward battle, took up
the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe as the insurgency's unifying coat or arms.
Museums to visit in San Miguel de Allende:
Museo Casa de Don Ignacio Allende y Unzaga (Allende's House or the Historic Museum of San Miguel).
This two story baroque style colonial house dates back to the 18th Century and was the birthplace of insurgent hero. Don Ignacio Allende y Unzaga.
It currently houses archaeological artifacts, historical documents from the 1700's to the Mexican War of Independence, along with works of
contemporary art. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Charco del Ingenio. A local ecological park perfect for hiking, rappelling and mountain biking.
Jardin Botanico Cante (Cante's Botanical Garden). One of the most comprehensive botanical gardens in Mexico which contains over
1,000 different types of cacti. Be sure to see the wonderful orchid garden. Open Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo y Parque Ecologico (Museum of modern Art and Ecological Park). An open air art gallery where you can
also participate in eco-tourism activities, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Main Celebrations and Festivals:
Natalicio del General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga (General Ignacio Allende Unzaga's Birthday). On January 21st., military and civic
parades are held to commemorate the birthday of Insurgent hero General Ignacio Allende.
Semana Celtica y Dia de San Patricio (Celtic Week and St. Patrick's Day). This Irish celebration is held on the 17th of March,
with a parade through the city and features traditional Irish food and music (Gaelic).
Semana Santa (Holy Week). This celebration is held in March or April and begins with the dedication of altars to the Virgen de
Dolores (our Lady of Sorrows) and culminates on Good Friday with a solemn procession of the Holy Burial.
Fiesta de San Antonio de Padua (Festival of San Antonio de Padua). This traditional and very popular festival is held on June 13th.
It is characterized by the "Los Locos" (Crazy ones) parade, where people dress in costume and masks and dance through the streets of San Miguel.
Live music and parade floats add to the joyous atmosphere.
Festival de Cortometraje "Expresion en Corto" (Shorts Film Festival). This Festival of Short Films is held in July and highlights
both national and international works.
Festival de Musica de Camara (Chamber Music Festival). This cultural event is held each year (August 1-15) by the INBA
(Institute of Fine Arts) at the Angela Peralta theater.
Sanmiguelada (Running of the Bulls). Held the third Saturday of September in the Main Garden of San Miguel, bulls are let loose to
run among people, brave enough to enter the square. Similar to the running of the bulls in Pamplona, España.
Fiesta de San Miguel Arcangel (Festival of the Archangel San Miguel). This festival is in honor of the Patron Saint of the city of
San Miguel and is celebrated on September 29, every year. Cultural, social, artistic and sporting events are held throughout the city, along with
Feria Nacional de la Lana y el Laton (National Brass and Wool Fair). National and international artisans display and sell their
products the last two weeks of November.
Festival Internacional de Jazz (International Jazz Festival). The last week of November, the city hosts this festival with
performances by national and international Jazz bands and artists.
Fiesta de Navidad (Christmas festivities). Festivities begin on December 16, with the traditional posadas, pastoral plays, music,
canticles and parades.
In addition, San Miguel de Allende is known internationally by its great variety of handicraft works, such as tin ware, wool, stonework,
papier mache, hand-blown, glass and pottery, to name a few. Outstanding works of art are also on display year round in a wide variety of art galleries.
Nearby San Miguel de Allende you find the Begonias Dam and the beautiful Taboada Spa.
San Miguel de Allende Facilities