San Miguel de Allende: A Mexican Cultural Gem!

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Charming San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Charming San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Located off the usual tourist path is the beautiful hidden Mexican gem of San Miguel de Allende. Situated in the heart of central Mexico, it is full of history and culture. An ideal vacation destination for you with stunning architecture, a thriving arts scene, and incredible food. If you love Europe, you should consider San Miguel de Allende. It will remind you of Spain. Let me tell you why this town is a favorite.

Old Town San Miguel de Allende

Old Town San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, located in the Bajio region of Mexico’s Guanajuato state, is home to a melting-pot population comprised of friendly locals and hundreds of ex-pat residents of some 63 nationalities. Renowned for its picturesque cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and perfect natural lighting, the city is a popular playground for artists of all stripes. Its colonial-era traditions, both religious and secular, provide the ideal setting to experience authentic and vibrant Mexican culture.

The charming city of San Miguel de Allende has various experiences that will cater to any visitor. Explore the thriving and eclectic art scene. Learn about the colorful history that has made the city what it is today. And, of course, the gastronomy of this town is unparalleled with the finest Mexican, organic, international cuisine and haute cuisine. It is a city for food enthusiasts!

Visit San Miguel de Allende’s Iconic Pink Church

 San Miguel de Allende is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its long history. The city dates back to 1542 when it played an essential role in Mexico’s silver trade. Across history, the city has been a melting pot of different cultures, with many ruling parties having control over its lands. The strategic positioning of this town to Mexico City was often a popular reason as to why there were many moments of tension of conflict in the area.

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel de Allende

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende’s rich history is found all over the city. There is one sight you must see during your visit, the breathtaking Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Also known affectionately as the pink church, the city’s most famous and well-known site dates back (primarily) to the 17th century, with its eye-catching pinnacles added in the 19th century by renowned stonemason Zeferino Gutierrez.

Discover the thriving San Miguel de Allende Art Scene

The importance and popularity of the arts in San Miguel de Allende dates back to the end of World War II and the installation of the GI Bill. The first art school in the city opened in 1938, and the post-war environment saw many veterans and their family members join this new industry.

La Aurora, The Cultural Center of Art & Design, San Miguel de Allende

La Aurora, The Cultural Center of Art & Design, San Miguel de Allende. Photo courtesy of La Aurora

Today there are over 100 art studios and galleries across the city, with many exhibitions and residents still at work. The heart of the city’s art community is in the former textile factory turned home for art, Fabrica La Aurora. Here you can witness artists working on their masterpieces practicing various art styles, from contemporary to indigenous. 

There are other art-related experiences across the city. You can observe and meet emerging talent at the Institute of Culture. Or you can visit the various art schools and galleries. There is even one that was designed specifically for artists with disabilities.

Learn To Cook Authentic Traditional Mexican Dishes With The Very Best

If there is one thing Mexico is known for, its delicious and world-famous food dishes. Due to the country’s love of food, there are many food markets, including one in the heart of San Miguel de Allende. Here, you can sample a wide variety of their delicious food.

For those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can attend hands-on cooking classes with one of the very best chefs in the city. Start with going shopping at the local markets with the chef. Choose the very best fresh produce. Then learn to cook the many authentic and traditional Mexican dishes. Armed with the recipes, you will be able to re-create at home. An experience is a gift that will keep on giving.

The Wine Route outside of San Miguel de Allende

The Wine Route outside of San Miguel de Allende

The Wine Route 

San Miguel de Allende is probably best known for its architecture, traditions, and art scene, but some may find it surprising that winemakers also favor its natural light and beauty. The nearby region is one of the world’s newest places for viniculture and is the fourth-largest wine-producing region in Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende embraces its wine culture in La Ruta del Vino (The Wine Route). Wine country here is located right in the center of Mexico, in the Bajío area, known for its year-round spring-like weather and majestic backdrops of evergreens, cacti, farms, and haciendas.

Enjoying a special wine-paired meal at Dos Buhos Winery

Enjoying a special wine-paired meal at os Buhos Winery

Just 15 minutes outside of the city is the beautiful boutique winery of Dos Buhos. Here, you will get an informative tour of the winery and an introduction to the country’s wine industry. For your dining pleasure, you will also receive a gourmet meal paired with four Dos Buhos wines. This excursion is perfect for meeting local people, making friends, and consuming some delicious fresh produce from the local area.

Visit The Historical Center Of The City Of Guanajuato

San Miguel de Allende is located in the central state of Guanajuato. Guanajuato, the city and state capital, is located nearby and is a recommended day trip. Guanajuato is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its old town dates back to the 16th century, and you can visit many of Mexico’s important religious and artistic sites. Guanajuato was also home to the Mexican independence movement and the location of the first failed rebellion against colonial rule. A day trip to the state capital is a must for those that wish to learn all they can about this very intriguing area. 

The Statue of Pipila overlooking Guanajuato, Mexico

The Statue of Pipila overlooking Guanajuato, Mexico

Start by discovering the statue of El Pipila. This eye-catching statue overlooking the city celebrates one of Mexico’s earliest heroes, whose brave and heroic actions led to the first victory in the battle for independence in Mexico. 

Teatro Juarez, Guanajuato, Mexico

Teatro Juarez, Guanajuato, Mexico

Next, you should see the spectacular Teatro Juarez. Built between 1873 and 1903, this Greek-inspired theater includes eight of the nine Greek muses and 12 columns to the exterior. This truly breathtaking piece of architecture is unique for this part of the world and is a definite must-see. 

Finally, everyone loves a romantic historical tale. Be sure to head down the Alley of the Kiss for Mexico’s version of Romeo and Juliet.

The beautiful area of San Miguel de Allende is truly a wonder, with its very own unique offerings. It is an excellent combination vacation with Mexico City for the best culture, history, and cuisine. If this culturally rich and historical destination sounds intriguing, click here to set up a call to explore more.