Church in San Miguel de Allende

Sanctuario de Atotonilco

Known as Mexico's Sistine Chapel, this vitally important church in the hamlet of Atotonilco, 11km north of San Miguel, is defined by its connection to the independence struggle, which has made it an important icon f…
Church in San Miguel de Allende

Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

Located near the east end of Insurgentes, this multitowered and domed church dates from the 18th century. The pale-pink main facade is baroque with an indigenous influence. A passage to the right of this facade lead…
Gardens in San Miguel de Allende

Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio

San Miguel's excellent 88-hectare botanical garden is also a wildlife and bird sanctuary. Pathways head through wetlands and magnificent areas of cacti and native plants. The deep canyon at the bottom boasts the epo…
Church in San Miguel de Allende

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

San Miguel's most famous sight is its parish church, characterized by its pink 'wedding cake' towers that soar above the town. These strange pinnacles were designed by indigenous stonemason Zeferino Gutiérrez in the…
Museum in San Miguel de Allende

La Esquina: Museo del Juguete Popular Mexicano

This bright, modern museum is a must-visit for all kids, big or small. The toy collection of museum owner Angélica Tijerina has taken over half a century to amass and aims to preserve and continue various traditions…
Notable Building in San Miguel de Allende

Biblioteca Pública

As well as housing one of the largest collections of books and magazines in English in Latin America, this excellent public library functions as a cultural center. It's also the editorial offices of the weekly Engli…
Gallery in San Miguel de Allende

Escuela de Bellas Artes

This former monastery was converted into a fine-arts school in 1938. Don't miss the murals of Pedro Martínez, plus the Siqueiros Room, which features the extraordinary unfinished mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros in t…
Park in San Miguel de Allende

Parque Benito Juárez

The shady Parque Benito Juárez is a lovely place to relax and meander through, with benches, well-maintained pathways and a popular play area for children.
Viewpoint in San Miguel de Allende


One of the best views over the town and surrounding country is from the mirador southeast of town.
Historic Building in San Miguel de Allende

Instituto Allende

This large 1736 complex, originally the home of the aristocratic De La Canal family, was later used as a Carmelite convent, eventually becoming an art and language school in 1951. These days it's split into two – on…