What's special about San Miguel de Allende
|Parroquia de San Miguel|
|courtyard at Biblioteca Publica|
Municipal Ignacio Ramirez
San Miguel de Allende played a vital role in the war of independence from Spain, and its present name derives from Ignacio Allende, a hero of the independence movement. The centre of town retains its old world charm and facade partly due to the government's move to designate it a national monument in 1926 (it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). San Miguel de Allende is also home to many art colonies which were developed in the 1950s. That aside, don't be surprised if you see many Americans here. A lot of them have lived here for some time, drawn by the art colonies or while escaping a polio scare in the US after the Second World War.
- Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, one of the town's main draws, its claim to fame is the pink granite used for its construction
|dome of the church next to Centro|
Cultural Ignacio Ramirez El Nigromante
- El Mirador, for the panorama
- Museo Casa Ignacio Allende, home of the independence hero
Walk. It's the best way to explore this little gem. :)
Getting there and away
I came across one guide (or was it Wikitravel?) which claimed San Miguel de Allende is quite challenging to reach by bus. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are regular buses from Guanajuato and connections to Mexico City and other nearby cities as well. I did my trip from Guanajuato (about 1-1.5 hours), which is probably the easiest option.
From the bus terminal to the city centre:
|courtyard at Starbucks|