San Miguel de Allende Attractions

  • Jardin Principal: The heart of El Centro, surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings and archways and manicured laurel trees, the garden hums day and night with activities, from political rallies and live music to dance presentations and artisan commerce. In the presence of La Parroquia, locals and expats alike enjoy the life and energy of the square.
  • La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel: The town’s iconic landmark, a spectacular church with a neo-gothic façade built in early 1700s.
  • Presidencia Municipal: Built in 1736, this building houses a painting depicting the creation of the first City Council of independent Mexico.
  • Bellas Artes: National art institute with galleries, theater and cafe
  • Iglesia de la Concepcion: Completed in 1891, this impressive church features a two-story dome and the elegant Corinthian columns inspired by Paris ‘ Church of the Disabled.
  • Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante”: Originally a convent in 1754, now a beautiful art institute.
  • Instituto Allende: 17th-century weekend retreat of Count Tomas de la Canal, now a cultural institute open to visitors. Along with a cafe, restaurant and gallery of modern Mexican art, the Instituto also provides cultural, adventure and shopping tours.
  • Iglesia de San Francisco: This neoclassical church built in 1799 features one of Guanajuato state’s finest Churrigueresque facades as well as interior paintings depicting St. Francis.
  • Santa Casa de Loreto: A reproduction of its namesake in Italy, built in the 18th century with a baroque facade.
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Salud: 18th-century church with a facade in Churrigueresque style with oil paintings depicting religious scenes.
  • Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal: Neoclassic building with an enormous wooden carved door featuring intricate baroque details.
  • Casa del Inquisidor: 18th-century residence with an elaborate facade denoting strong French influence.
  • Teatro Angela Peralta: Neoclassic theater inaugurated on May 20, 1873.
  • Biblioteca Publica: Beautiful colonial building containing Mexico’s second largest English-language library. On Sundays, a popular house-and-garden tour departs from the library.
  • Plaza Civica: Public square built in honor of General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga.
  • Oratorio de San Felipe Neri: Built in the early 1700s, the facade of this church is a beautiful and original example of baroque architecture. Inside are beautiful neoclassic altars as well as works of art by Miguel Cabrera.
  • Paseo del Chorro: Water spring originally used by local indigenous tribes before being discovered by the Spanish in the 16th century. Now a shady and peaceful park.
  • Casa de Ignacio Allende: Baroque-style colonial house, c. 18th century. Birthplace of insurgent hero Don Ignacio Allende y Unzaga. Currently houses archaeological artifacts and historical documents from the 1700s to the Mexican War of Independence, along with works of contemporary art.
  • Parque Benito Juarez: Expansive public park
  • El Charco del Ingenio: Local ecological park perfect for hiking, running, rappelling and mountain biking. Several times a month, ritual herbal steam baths known as temazcales are open to the public.
  • Jardin Botanico Cante: Comprehensive botanical garden containing over 1,000 species of cacti and an extraordinary orchid garden.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo y Parque Ecologico: Open-air art gallery and eco-tourism area with mountain biking and horseback riding
  • Shopping: San Miguel Allende is known internationally for its great variety of handicraft works, including tin ware, wool, stonework, papier mache, hand-blown glass and pottery. Outstanding works of art are also on display year round in the town’s many art galleries and at Fabrica La Aurora. Local markets include Mercado Artesanal and Mercado de San Juan de Dios.