Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

by Ben Calderoni

Planning to make a life-changing trip to San Miguel de Allende? You are at the right spot. With its pleasant climate and rich history, San Miguel de Allende has a lot to offer to foreign tourists. Once you get there, this vibrant Mexican city will win you over.

Located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is named after General Ignacio Allende (a prominent figure in Mexico’s independence movement).

The city was once considered a UNESCO World Heritage City. It also holds the honor of being voted ‘the best city in the world’ by Conde Nast Traveler in 2013 and 2014.

San Miguel de Allende is devoid of traffic lights, neon signs and fire hydrants. In fact, it consists of cobblestone streets, Colonial and Spanish architecture, exquisite art scene and stunning old churches. Regarded as one of Mexico’s most beautiful colonial towns, here are San Miguel de Allende’s main attractions:

Colonial Splendor

A famous historical center, Colonial Splendor is a must-visit site in San Miguel de Allende. This center is where Ignacio Allende (captain of the Spanish army in the Mexican independence movement) was born.

Juarez Park

Juarez Park is an enormous park brimming with activity. This park has magnificent fountains and attention-grabbing wooden statues. It is a peaceful space where you can stroll through or relax on benches in the evenings. Moreover, sport enthusiasts can play on the three basketball courts in Juarez Park. The park also holds a garden show where visitors can get fresh herbs for sale.

Teatro Ángela Peralta

If you are into theater, you can catch a performance at the Teatro Ángela Peralta. Developed in 1873, Teatro Ángela Peralta is named after the legendary opera singer Ángela Peralta. From classical music to folkloric nights, there’s a lot in store for theater fans here.

Jardin Principal

Jardin Principal is the central meeting spot for locals and tourists. You will find comfortable and well-designed benches within the garden.

On the outside, there are ancient churches and buildings. Most of these churches and buildings belong to the colonial era.

Temple of San Francisco

The Temple of San Francisco is quite close to Jardin Park. This church was built in 1778. It boasts designs from the Churriqueresque façade.

San Augustin Chocolates & Churros

Check out San Augustin Chocolates & Churros to get a taste of the most delicious churros. Aside from churros, there are a multitude of food options available in San Miguel de Allende. You will find ice cream vendors scattered throughout the city offering with unique flavors, such as tequila or pork rind.

San Miguel de Allende is a haven for those wanting to explore a rich culture, architecture and history.

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