The iconic symbol of San Miguel de Allende, sometimes mistakenly referred to as a ‘Cathedral’, is a church sporting a Neo-gothic façade and can be found right in the center of town, across from the central garden. Don’t forget to visit inside the temple, where a feeling of total peacefulness prevades. If you’re lucky, you may even get to hear the beautiful singing choir during your visit.
Just 15 minutes drive away from San Miguel’s city center, heading north on the road towards Dolores Hidalgo, is a valued site that you shouldn’t miss.
The historic site played a major role in Mexico’s struggle for Independence: priest Miguel Hidalgo took from the church the Standard with the Virgin of Guadalupe, which became the flag of the insurgent armies. Step inside and be amazed by the wonderful mural artwork, which has inspired many to dub this place “the sistine chapel of America”
The city once known as San Miguel el Grande is now called San Miguel de Allende. Ignacio Allende was a highly influential character in Mexico’s independence. This museum, located in the famous hero’s home, will transport you through the impeccable replicas showing living rooms, kitchens, prayer rooms, central patio and other aspects of the great man’s life.
Opening Times: Tuesday through Sunday, 09:00 to 17:00 Cost: $37 MXN
If what you’re looking for is vast, refreshing parkland, Benito Juarez Park is the place for you. If you bring along your family and children you can enjoy the play area, as well as several basketball courts. It’s also an ideal spot for a romantic stroll down its multiple secluded paths. If you want to visit this site we recommend you walk from the Main Square down Aldama street, a beautiful route full of colonial style flavor. Adjacent to the park you can also find the area known as ‘Lavaderos del Chorro’, the old communal clothes-wash. The spot is also the where the Second Founding of the city took place.
This art and design center is the place to dive into for art. With over 50 galleries, antique stores and a couple of restaurants and cafés. Inside these vast halls you can see some of the original machinery and fixtures, reminders of the former textile factory that operated here. La Aurora has ample parking, and is a short 15 minute walk from the city center.
Opening Times: Open daily. We recommend visiting between 11:00 and 18:00. Cost: No Entry Fee
La Esquina is a museum dedicated to traditional toys, where magic, color, creativity and artistry can be found. It’s the ideal place for a family outing, as children will be amazed by the over 1,000 toys on display, representing several Mexican states such as Oaxaca, Guerrero and others.
Opening Times: Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 to 18:00; Sundays 10:00 to 15:00
Cost: $30 MXN general admission / Children and Seniors $20 MXN / Family package $100 MXN for 2 adults and up to 4 children.
San Miguel de Allende is known for attracting artists from all over the world. This cultural center, part of the Fine Arts Institute (Instituto de Bellas Artes), has and continues to be one of the central hubs for artistic and cultural activity in the region. As is to be expected, this colonial palace has an ample central patio and gorgeous fountain. You can’t miss a visit to the mural by master painter David Alfaro Siqueiros, as well as the various exhibits located in the ground-floor galleries.
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 18:00; Sundays 10:00 to 14:00 Cost: No Entry Fee
Want to take a peek at how the Upper Classes lived in the 18th Century? Come visit the Mayorazgo de la Canal House, today transformed into a Banamex Cultural Center. Several exhibits visit the location throughout the year, bringing something fresh for you every time.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 18:00; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
This vast botanical garden houses hundreds of species of cacti, as well as offering some of the most spectacular views overlooking San Miguel de Allende thanks to its prime location in the higher altitude areas of the city. The beautiful landscape has attracted numerous artists such as painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers and more. The botanical garden was declared a Zone of Peace by the Dalai Lama in 2004.
Opening Times: Open daily 09:00 to 18:00 Cost: $40 MXN adults / $30 MXN children
Pyramids only 20 minutes away? That’s right- the archeological site of Cañada de la Virgen is located on the highway between San Miguel and Guanajuato. We recommend you visit this sacred prehispanic site dedicated to the Sun, Moon and Venus, and believed to be a site for observing the skies.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: General Admission $30 MXN / Children 5 to 12 $10 MXN
El Mirador is the ideal spot to take in a panoramic view of San Miguel de Allende. In the background towards the Southwest you can see what seems to be a lake – it is in fact a large reservoir, the Presa Allende. This area also has several arts and crafts shops offering the city’s signature sweet treat: the Tumbagón.
Ceremonies involving elaborate masks date back to pre-columbian times, playing an important role in the social and religious life of many Mexicans even today. A collection of more than 500 ceremonial dance masks is on display at the Otra Cara de México museum. The gallery also has over 300 masks for sale.
Opening Times: Entry by Appointment – Phone (415) 154 4324. Cost: $50 adult / children free