The Heart of Mexico – San Miguel de Allende

For almost a century, artists, architecture enthusiasts, and history buffs have flocked to San Miguel de Allende to soak up its eclectic cultural scene, non-stop festivals, and out-of-this-world food.

Deep in Mexico’s central state of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende has an enchanting, almost fairytale feel. Its sandy-colored cobblestone streets, its opulent churches, even its place in history (Allende, an instigator of Mexico’s War of Independence, was born here)-all ingredients combine to place travelers under an undeniably bewitching spell.

Art is practically sustenance in San Miguel. The stately Instituto Allende is the towns hub of ingenuity where you can take a course in everything from sculpture to silkscreening.

Courtyard at Instituto Allende

Stroll through the former haciendas enchanting grounds and peruse artisans’ wares. Look over your shoulder and you’ll catch sight of the largest church in town, pink-limestone, neo gothic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Next, wander through the vast Jardin Principal toward the sounds of mariachi bands and into any number of the world-class restaurants that have earned the town its global culinary reputation. From lauded five-stars to local mom-and-pop eateries passed down for generations, you’ll see and taste why Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted the town ”Best City in the World.”

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

In addition to its flourishing culture and gastronomic scene. San Miguel is also a bourgeoning wine hotspot and its award-winning boutique vineyards are a must-tour for lovers of the grape. Regardless if you like red or white — or artsy, historical, authentic, or International — San Miguel de Allende has many flavors worth savoring.


Crowd at San Miguel de Allende Food Festival

During June’s Sabores San Miguel and July’s San Miguel de Allende Food Festival, foodies and chefs from all around eat, drink, and dance it up



A gourmet market bursting with flavors. From artisanal chocolate and local cervezas to authentic empanadas, this is how San Miguel eats



Wine, colonial architecture, and the Sierra Madre Mountains swirl together as you sip through one of the world’s fastest- emerging wine regions.


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