Come visit San Miguel de Allende, chosen by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for a second year in a row as the best city in the world. Its art, fashion, culture and gastronomy make San Miguel de Allende one of the most beautiful colonial destinations and home to many foreigners for its tranquil and cosmopolitan ambiance. On the same day, you can go from horseback riding to exploring ruins and visiting vineyards. To begin your adventure, first make your reservation at any of our hotels in Guanajuato: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Salamanca Bajio, Hilton Garden Inn Salamanca, Hampton Inn by Hilton Silao-Bajio Airport, Homewood Suites by Hilton Silao Airport, Hampton Inn by Hilton Irapuato, Doubletree by Hilton Celaya or the Hampton Inn by Hilton León Guanajuato.
History and Culture
Cañada de la Virgen is a pre-Hispanic settlement which monuments were used to observe the skies, especially the sunrise, sunset and agricultural calendar. A curious fact from Casa de los Trece Cielos is that funerary archeological finds confirm practices such as cranial deformation. The Red Temple has red and black stripes alluding to day and night. If you want to know more do not hesitate to visit this archaeological site.
The church of Archangel Saint Michael, renamed today to Allende, was built by an indigenous bricklayer who took as his base engravings from the cathedral of Colonia in Germany. Its garden and façade resemble that of a majestic castle so make sure to stop by the Church of Saint Miguel Allende. The Sanctuary of Jesus of Nazareth of Atotonilco is considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as it is an 18th century church which has earned the name of Sistine Chapel of Mexico due to its beautiful and detailed murals.
The museum La Casa de Ignacio Allende is the home of San Miguel’s most famous son: the hero of the Mexican War of Independence. This museum will take you through the history of the village of San Miguel right up to the beginning of the War of Independence. The Museo La Esquina del Juguete Popular Mexicano was born out of a girl’s personal collection of toys, and is more than 50 years old. If you want to buy souvenirs or gifts, make sure to stop by the Artisanal Market, its colors and bohemian atmosphere will enchant you. The hard part is leaving empty-handed.
Art and Design
As a cosmopolitan city its artisanal traditions have kicked off the growth of specialized centers of art and design worth noting.
Stop by the Mercado de Artesanías where you will be able to find everything from decorations for the home, jewelry, and toys for your kids in a wide variety of materials, including wool, metal, blown glass and papier maché. The best part are its accessible prices, which means you won’t leave empty handed.
You can also visit Fábrica Aurora, a cultural and artistic center, located in an old textile factory. The most striking thing about this place is you will be able to see the artists as they are creating their artwork and witness their inspiration first-hand. Through the years, it has become a center of excellence for art and design.
The Ignacio Ramírez El Nigromante Cultural Center has a long history, it was originally a convent, then a girls’ school, and during the revolution, it turned into a barracks for the military. In the 60’s, it was transformed into a cultural center, so don’t forget to pass by for one of its art expositions and design fairs, as it aims to empower artists and designers, promote culture, and also sells the latest pieces of design, jewelry, art and fashion.
In the Galería Hilo Negro you can admire the works of Ricardo García. This artist combines ancestral techniques with carved wood and modern ideas. We recommend you check out his heart collection.
La Buhardilla is known throughout Mexico for being a leader in art and design, with a long-standing trajectory throughout the country. In 2004, the company transferred its leading gallery from Monterrey to San Miguel de Allende, given the city had become a breeding ground for the arts. This place has an extensive catalogue of beautiful art pieces, objects, and furniture ranging in price. The Huevo de Cerámica with butterflies is one of our favorites. We dare you to not get something there during your visit.
The Charco del Ingenio is a botanical garden and a nature reserve where you can see different views of the city, visit the bird sanctuary or the butterfly farm, and even admire the cactus garden. However, the most innovative thing about this garden is that it’s home to the Temazcal El Charco, a traditional healing ritual based on steam and herbs. Benito Juarez Park is an ideal place to spend a quiet afternoon walking and playing with your children. If you’re looking for the best place for a panoramic photo, make sure to stop at El Mirador, where you can go day or night to see first-hand one of the most spectacular views of the entire city.
In San Miguel Parque Aventura you will get your dose of adrenaline and extreme tourism, as the park features zip lines, a suspension bridge, ATVs, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, biking and hiking. You can find something for everyone here, given it’s a great place to do outdoor activities with unparalleled scenery along family or friends. If you’re looking to relax, the hot springs are the place for you. Make your way to La Gruta where you will be able to get rid of some years, as well as any pain with a dip in these hot springs.
One of the best plans in the city is to tour the Dos Búhos Vineyard. A wine cellar that works with 10 different grape varieties. You will be sure to enjoy a very relaxing day as you taste its delicious wines. If you are more of a fan of tequila, you can also savor it at Tequila Casa Dragones.
San Miguel de Allende has also turned into a culinary mecca. To taste of some of its most delicious dishes, we recommend some of our favorites.
Mansión de Montitlán combines the elegance and breathtaking view of San Miguel Allende to create the perfect setting. Consider they only open on Sundays. If you like Italian food, stop at Cent’anni, which offers live music and Bruno Cucina gives you the option to choose between three different environments. We also recommend the piano bar at taqueria Casa San Mike where you can enjoy some delicious tacos al pastor.
San Miguel de Allende is a destination with everything you are looking for at your fingertips. Come stay at any of the Hilton Hotels where you can complement your vacation with the greatest comfort and luxury, and enjoy this dazzling city to the fullest.