For us, San Miguel De Allende is a place we find ourselves coming back to. From the colorful streets, vibrant cultures, and stunning roof-top views- we've shared some of the happiest moments here with our Peachers. Let us fill you in on the magic of San Miguel De Allende.
With a beautiful climate, stunning sunsets, vibrant arts scene, and moderate cost-of-living, San Miguel de Allende is not only rich in Mexican culture but attracts foreign retirees, artists and writers. The city has something to offer for everyone, with many weekend festivals that celebrate the music and dance of the cultural history of Spaniards, Creoles and Amerindians exchanged here.
The historic center of San Miguel de Allende encompasses 24 blocks of narrow streets, alleys, and paths without any traffic lights. Although the city is quite walkable, which we love for a sustainable tourism aspect. Down every block and corner there is always something that catches our eye.
One of our favorite sites and tallest building in the city, dressed in pink limestone, is the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel. The church was inspired by Gothic cathedrals in Europe. According to legend, its architect, Zeferino Gutierrez used picture postcards for inspiration.
The shops in San Miguel de Allende are a mix of art and sculpture galleries, furniture shops, artisanal souvenir emporiums, modern boutiques, and old stores like this pharmacy (Botica De Santa Teresita) that has doled out inexpensive homeopathic remedies for centuries.
The Handicraft Market, located only a few blocks away from El Jardin, the main square, showcases the crafts of some 45 vendors.
Because San Miguel de Allende is so popular with tourists, there has been a proliferation of foodie destinations, from street foods to gourmet restaurants. The Restaurant, overseen by celebrity chef Donnie Masterton, is a popular choice with visitors. Housed in a colonial courtyard, this chef dishes up “global comfort food,” with both contemporary and traditional Mexican dishes on the menu. The municipal market, Mercado Ignacio Ramirez, is another do-not-miss destination to learn about the culture and foods of the region. It offers local food products, clothes, and a variety of items and even has a sit-down eatery.
And of course we have to mention one of our favorite holidays here, Dia De Los Muertos. On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolve. During this brief period, the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones. In turn, the living family members treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations, and leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on the ofrendas built in their homes.
Calavera (“skull” in Spanish) has become one of the most recognizable cultural and artistic elements of the Day of the Dead festivities. Costumes and faces of the colorful calavera are joyful, celebratory figures.