About San Miguel

Located in the mountainous central region of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende was founded in 1542, and became an important part of the movement for Mexican independence. Later, it became popular as a beautiful, peaceful place to live and a travel destination for the wealthy because of its natural hot springs. The old centro district was declared a national monument in 1926, so the area retains the elegance and history of San Miguel’s colonial past, including the wonderful cobblestone streets. Today, the city is home to around 100,000 citizens, with a significant population of expatriates from the United States, Canada, and Europe who have come to enjoy San Miguel’s beautiful and famously mild climate year-round.

San Miguel has been Mexico’s most celebrated community of artists for decades, and boasts a thriving collection of institutes, festivals, concerts, schools, galleries, theaters, museums, and shops that reflect the rich artistic and literary culture. It is also famous for its exceptional nouveau-Mexican and international dining choices along with its energetic nightlife. The architecture in San Miguel is also a highlight of the city, as festive, contemporary, and beautifully crafted homes and buildings overlook exquisite colonial and gothic edifices.

The variety of things to do and see in San Miguel de Allende is only limited by your imagination. For more information on the city and things to do while visiting, check out these websites:
www.mexonline.com/sma.htm
www.internetsanmiguel.com/
"San Miguel de Allende: an Artsy Expat Community" (More Magazine, July/August 2007)

Favorite Activities in San Miguel