Attractions

Gardens in San Miguel de Allende

Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio

Northeast of town (1.5km) is the 88-hectare botanic garden, also a wildlife and bird sanctuary, plus recreational and ceremonial space. Pathways head through wetlands and magnificent areas of cacti and native plants…
Church in San Miguel de Allende

Sanctuario de Atotonilco

The hamlet of Atotonilco, 11km north of San Miguel and 3km west of the Dolores Hidalgo highway, is dominated by an extremely important sanctuary, at least in the eyes of Mexicans. The sanctuary was founded in 1740 a…
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 and small. To describe it as exhibiting Mexican toys (the 50-year collection of museum owner Angélica Tijerina) is to do it a disservice. It is much more.…
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. Its financial enterprises (Atención San Miguel news…
Historic Building in San Miguel de Allende

Instituto Allende

This large 1736 complex, the original home of the Conde Manuel de la Canal, was used as a Carmelite convent, eventually becoming an art and language school in 1951. These days it's split into two – one area of sever…
Museum in San Miguel de Allende

Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende

Near the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel is the house where Ignacio Allende was born. These days it is home to the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende, which relates the interesting history of the San Miguel a…
Gallery in San Miguel de Allende

Escuela de Bellas Artes

This beautiful former monastery of La Concepción church 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 mu…
Notable Building in San Miguel de Allende

Colegio de Sales

Once a college, founded in the mid-18th century by the San Felipe Neri order, the Colegio de Sales has regained its educational status; it currently houses part of the University of León. Many of the 1810 revolution…
Spring in San Miguel de Allende

El Chorro

El Chorro was the spring where San Miguel was founded. Today it gushes out of a fountain built in 1960, and there are public washing tubs here.
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…