- About San Miguel de Allende
- San Miguel Map
- SMA’s Festivals and Events
- San Miguel Wheather
- Moving to SMA
- Mineral de Pozos
It offers a unique and singular experience in art and culture as well as history, outdoor exploration and varied culinary pleasures. This charming city of 140,000 was founded over 450 years ago, and is considered to be the “Heart of Mexico”. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, San Miguel de Allende offers its residents a number of authentic and exciting locations. The interplay of Prehispanic cultures, Spanish and other foreign influence has created a unique lifestyle, resulting in a fusion of distinctive elements in architecture, art forms and cuisine. The enchanting and seductive colonial architecture is highly valued, and strict building codes are enforced within the historic center. You will note the lack of streetlights, stoplights and neon signs, the narrow cobblestone streets, and the friendliness of the local people as they go about their daily activities at a San Miguel pace.
San Miguel serves as an inspiration for artistic expression in all its varied forms. It is a town that never ceases to inspire and delight the senses. Visit over 100 restaurants and as many galleries, an array of world famous festivals and events, and much more.
This visually stunning town sits at an elevation of 6266 feet cradled by the Picacho Mountains, it is nestled within a beautiful valley. The San Miguel year round traditional activities are the expression of a rich history spanning over four centuries. Also, more and more popular are restaurants, hotels, spas, organic farms and retreat centers found in the surrounding countryside, still virgin and delightful in a myriad of ways. San Miguel de Allende is one of the cities of Mexico with high levels of “green culture”, with services that are decades ahead of other locations within the nation.
The almost palpable magic of San Miguel will make you want to return over and over again, or simply stay forever.
San Miguel de Allende’s Annual Festivals and Events
- ▪ Birth of Juan Josè de los Reyes Martínez Amaro “El Pípila” and of Juan Aldama
- ▪ St. Anthony’s Day
- ▪ Birth of General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga (military parade)
- ▪ Departure of the peregrinations to San Juan de los Lagos
- ▪ National Jazz Festival
- ▪ St. Patrick’s Day (Celtic Week)
- ▪ Día de San José
- ▪ Peregrination of the Sr. de la Columna from the Santuario of Atotonilco to San Miguel
- ▪ Baroque Music Festival
- ▪ Festival Sabor San Miguel Viking
- ▪ Puppet Festival
- ▪ Fabrica de Aurora Art Walk and Spring Sale
- ▪ Birth of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
- ▪ Anniversary of the Ángela Peralta Theatre
- ▪ San Isidro’s Day
- ▪ Celebration of San Felipe Neri
- ▪ Celebration of the Santísima Trinidad
- ▪ Valle del Maíz Festival
- ▪ Corpus Christi’s Day
- ▪ San Antonio de Padúa’s Day
- ▪ Festival de los Locos (A parade held to celebrate Spring.)
- ▪ Flamenco Festival
- ▪ Birth of Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”
- ▪ Commemoration of General Ignacio Allende and of Juan Aldama
- ▪ International Guitar Festival
- ▪ Celebration in Atotonilco
- ▪ Virgen del Carmen’s Day
- ▪ International Short Film Festival “Expresiòn en Corto” (The largest international film festival in México, boasting over 72,000 attendees from around the world.)
- ▪ Commemoration of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
- ▪ Annual Chamber Music Festival
- ▪ Santo Domingo’s Day
- ▪ Battle of Molino del Rey
- ▪ Independence of México
- ▪ Anniversary of the 1st Independent City Council in México
- ▪ Anniversary of the consummation of Independence in México
- ▪ Commemoration of the taking of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas
- ▪ Celebration of San Miguel Arcángel
- ▪ La Alborada, or “the dawning,” the start of a week-long celebration in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel
- ▪ Arrival of the Xûchiles
- ▪ San Francisco’s Day
- ▪ Santa Fé Workshops
- ▪ “La Lana y el Latòn” Fair (second half of the month)
- ▪ International Jazz Festival (last week of the month)
- ▪ Santa Fé Workshops
- ▪ Posadas, a Christmas festival commemorating the story of Mary and Joseph
- ▪ Christmas
- ▪ New Year
The Wheather in San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende has a superb climate. This is one of the many reasons the city is so popular among visitors and residents alike. Even though winter days can get cold (October to the middle of March), they are generally very pleasant. The temperature shifts very quickly and, by the second half of March, the days start getting warmer but It rarely gets overly hot, even in the midsummer. By May, the thermometer is at its highest at approximately 87.5 °F. The days start to cool off when the rainy season begins in the summer (June through September). The rainy season is not that heavy, there are usually scattered storms followed by clear blue skies, lots of sunshine and plenty of clean air. The countryside explodes with color.
The average is 57 days of rain per year. Expect cool nights most time of year.
Videos about San Miguel de Allende
Moving to San Miguel de Allende
Aereal Photo of downtown
It is said that living in another city is an eye opener especially if the place is far removed from where you are originally from. Moving to San Miguel de Allende is no exception. As the new residents try to understand the people, the culture and the new surroundings, they find plenty of opportunities to discover a lot of things about themselves and build a new identity; to cultivate relationships and create networks; to transform their perspectives and to become bold and fearless.
The very simple acts of walking down the narrow, one-way streets; talking to new people; trying out new foods; peeking into the charming, historic homes in Centro, etc. enriches and adds beauty to the newcomer´s life beyond what she ever thought possible.
Lots of people have fallen under the spell of magical San Miguel de Allende. Some, during their first visit; others, over a period of time, or as a result of several visits to the city. Either way, this invisible force keeps attracting people from all corners of the world and walks of life, and motivating them to make the big move to a new and wholesome way of life.
Mineral de Pozos
Mineral de Pozos, or Pozos, a community formerly known for its wealth and its prosperous mining industry, is located in the northeast of Guanajuato State, 25 miles from San Miguel de Allende. It was designated one of Mexico ́s 83 Magic Towns in the year 2012 thanks to the old town ́s cultural, historical and natural richness. After years of abandonment, to the point that it was known as a “Ghost Town”, Pozos is experiencing a revival and attracting great investment from the private and public sectors which is being used for its improvement.
Its tourist attractions are the underground mines and its religious celebrations and cultural festivals.