San Miguel de Allende

Travel Guide
Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel

Visit a small city that captures the imagination with striking-looking architecture, ancient religious buildings and the creative output of talented Mexican artisans.

San Miguel de Allende has cobbled streets, gardens, leafy courtyards and Spanish colonial architecture. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Its star attraction is the compact historic center with centuries-old buildings. Wander through ancient streets, visit beautiful old churches, browse shops for artisanal goods and tap into the thriving art scene.

Start your visit in El Jardin, the central plaza where many residents sit quietly or socialize. On its south side is the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel, a stunning building with neo-Gothic towers. Elsewhere around the square are old colonial buildings and a branch of La Esquina Mexican Folk Toy Museum. Peruse the small collection of handcrafted traditional toys, some of which are available for purchase. Head to the museum's main premises to see the full collection, which has been amassed over a period of over 50 years.

San Miguel is widely known for its artisans and artists. See some of their best works in the galleries and studios of Fabrica La Aurora. This former textile factory has been transformed into a vast art and design center, about a 15-minute walk from the center of town.

Extend your sightseeing to attractions just outside the city. They include El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden of Mexican plants, and the Sanctuary of Atotonilco. This is an 18th-century religious complex decorated with vivid frescoes and murals. Travel 7 miles (11 kilometers) from San Miguel to enjoy the indoor and outdoor thermal pools of Escondido Place.

Find more ways to relax when you are a back in San Miguel. Enjoy a stroll and picnic in the green environs of Juarez Park.

Reach San Miguel de Allende by flying into Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, 170 miles (274 kilometers) away or Guanajuato International Airport, 58 miles (94 kilometers) away. Complete your journey from either airport by bus or rental car to enjoy the city’s architecture, culture, history and green spaces.

Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende
Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende
4 out of 5
Ancha de San Antonio No. 1, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is CA $82 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
This family-friendly San Miguel de Allende hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Allende Institute, Juarez Park, and Parish ...
4.2/5Very Good! (959 reviews)
"Very good experience"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2021

Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende
Hotel Madi
Hotel Madi
3.5 out of 5
34 San Francisco centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is CA $145 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Zona Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of La Esquina Mexican Folk Toy Museum, El Jardin, and Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel. Juarez ...
4.4/5Excellent! (62 reviews)
"Lovely boutique hotel with exceptional service and staff. Perfect location with a beautiful terrace with a spectacular view."

Reviewed on Aug. 26, 2021

Hotel Madi
Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort
Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort
5 out of 5
Calzada de la Presa No. 85, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is CA $379 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
This family-friendly San Miguel de Allende hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of San Miguel de Allende Public Library, El Jardin, ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (333 reviews)
"It is a must to stay in SMA if you are into a luxurious visit around town. The view from the pool is so cool, the restaurant cozy and the architecture is instagramable. You will need to walk a bit to get you around downtown,though."

Reviewed on Aug. 11, 2021

Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort
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Mesa Verde By Rotamundos
Mesa Verde By Rotamundos
3 out of 5
Calle del Perdón #2, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is CA $52 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Fraccionemento Los Frailes, this cabin is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Malanquin Golf Club and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Juarez Park. Allende Institute and Zocalo ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Peaceful friendly lake view place
"Our stay was absolutely great. Very peaceful site with views to the lake. So away from any noise (though every now and then a train passes by, which actually gives it a little more charming). The cabins are fully equipped (big fridge, microwave, range, silverware and other items), with great wifi, ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 12, 2020

Mesa Verde By Rotamundos
Nómada Camp Rotamundos
Nómada Camp Rotamundos
2 out of 5
Niños Heroes Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is CA $95 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Situated in San Miguel de Allende, this campground is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Xote Aquatic Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of El Jardin and Parish Church of San Miguel ...
Nómada Camp Rotamundos
Pied-a-terre at Casitas Aparicio
Pied-a-terre at Casitas Aparicio
3.5 out of 5
Aparicio 25, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is CA $138 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Located in Zona Centro, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Academia Hispano Americana, El Jardin, and Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel. Juarez ...
Pied-a-terre at Casitas Aparicio
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