Explore the Historic Streets of San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

  • Explore Magical San Miguel

    San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico, feels magical. Spend a day walking through this World Heritage Site's hilly historic district and get lost in the old-world charm. Here are our favorite stopping spots throughout San Miguel.  Pictured: A balloon seller brightens up the Jardín Principal. "El Jardin," as it's called, is the central plaza in San Miguel de Allende, the center of life in the city.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

  • See the Sun Rise Over an Ancient Pyramid

    Watch the sun rise at Cañada de la Virgen, an ancient pyramid 25 kilometers from San Miguel. The pyramid is aligned to the rising and setting sun on certain cosmically significant days in the Otomi calendar.

    Photo courtesy of Coyote Canyon Adventures

  • Grab Breakfast With San Francisco

    Visit a statue of the Saint Francisco, who looks out at Corregidora from his second story perch in El Pagaso, a popular café and great place to grab breakfast. Local art adorns the walls.  

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

  • See La Parroquia from Calle de Aldama

    The impressive La Parroquia, the largest church in San Miguel, sits adjacent to El Jardin in the heart of the historic El Centro. The architecture of the 17th century religious building is baroque with an unexpected neo-Gothic façade. 

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

  • Purchase Colorful Mexican Handcrafts

    San Miguel is filled with shops and stands selling local handcrafts. You can take one of these colorful skulls or statues commemorating the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) people home with you.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

  • Visit an Art School in a Former Convent

    Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante," part of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, is located in a former convent from circa 1765 that was turned into an art school in 1938. Classes offered include drawing, painting, ceramics and weaving.    

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

  • Soak Your Cares Away

    Take to the waters at La Gruta or one of several other hot springs outside San Miguel. La Gruta features outdoor pools, as well as an underground one.  

    Photo courtesy of Diego Labrada

  • Discover Colorful Street Art

    Mexico is about color. As you walk around San Miguel, you’ll discover street art and great signs. Pictured here, Loco Perro (Crazy Dog) on Refugio, now closed, once sold homemade dog food.                                                    

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

  • Ole! Visit an Old Bullring

    The Plaza de Toros Oriente, located in San Miguel de Allende’s picturesque El Centro, is the site of one of the oldest bullrings in Mexico.

    Photo courtesy of Deanna Fainelli of urban flavored fine art

  • Party at El Grito

    A fierce carved head greets visitors to El Grito (The Scream). This hip club, opened in 1998, caters to chic, young Mexicans. This truly late-night spot is only open on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10 p.m.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins

  • See the Illuminated Opera House

    The stately Teatro Angela Peralta, at the intersection of Mesones and Hernández Macías in El Centro, glows at night. The stately opera house was opened in 1873.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Collins