Justin Foulkes

San Miguel de Allende

With its gorgeous colonial architecture, enchanting cobblestone streets and striking light, San Miguel de Allende is rightly one of Mexico's biggest draws and has been popular with aesthetes and romantics for much of the past century. This includes a large population of Americans who either live full time in the town or maintain winter homes here, bringing with them a cosmopolitan atmosphere you'll find in few other Mexican towns.

With superb restaurants and high-class accommodations, numerous galleries stocked with quality Mexican artesanías (handicrafts), a fantastic spring-like climate and a surfeit of cultural activities including regular festivals, fireworks and parades, San Miguel is an unmissable highlight for anyone visiting the northern central highlands. The entire ensemble was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2008, and despite receiving huge numbers of visitors, San Miguel absorbs them well and locals mix warmly with their foreign guests and residents.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout San Miguel de Allende.