San Miguel de Allende Mexico Free Walking and Shopping Guide offers a fascinating blend of walking tours around the historic streets of San Miguel de Allende. This colourful town is a mixture of history, indigenous traditions and cosy courtyard shops, studios and many great restaurants. San Miguel de Allende Mexico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We spent six weeks in San Miguel de Allende and simply enjoyed living like a local.
This is the best walking tour in San Miguel de Allende.
(updated December 2019)
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- 1 Do you need a visa for Mexico?
- 2 Map of San Miguel de Allende
- 3 The Free Walking Guide:
- 4 Travel Tips
- 5 Things To Do in San Miguel de Allende
- 6 More articles to inspire you to visit San Miguel de Allende
- 7 Recommended Hotels in San Miguel de Allende:
- 8 Airbnb
- 9 Where to Eat in San Miguel de Allende
- 10 Travel Insurance
- 11 How to Travel to San Miguel De Allende Mexico
- 12 Our Downloadable Article For Use Offline
Do you need a visa for Mexico?
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Map of San Miguel de Allende
We explored San Miguel de Allende with the quarterly issued “San Miguel de Allende Walking & Shopping Guide“. The guide depicts seven walks blending history, culture and shopping. The walks can be completed in a few days. It is a perfect way to visit San Miguel de Allende and you can do it at your own pace. The guide is very well written. You can pick up a copy at any of the boutique shops. You can be your own tour guide!
The Free Walking Guide:
- contains seven walks with clear route instructions
- originates in the Jardin in front of San Miguel de Allende’s famous church – La Parroquia de San Miguel
- can take up to a few hours depending on your pace
- tackle one or two a day if you have the time
We would like to share with you some of our highlights on one of the walks.
Standing in the front of La Parroquia with the Jardin behind you head towards the right to Cuna de Allende.
At #7 Cuna de Allende street you will find a quaint courtyard restaurant in the Hotel Posada Carmina. It is a colonial restored 18th-century house with orange trees in the traditional courtyard.
On the corner of Cuna de Allende and Cuadrante Street is the Ten Ten Pie Cafe offering an outside area under umbrellas and orange trees.
There are fountains all over San Miguel de Allende Mexico and this one is located on Hospicio Street.
The architecture and colours create one of the most colourful colonial towns in Mexico. Around each corner, there is another delight. Do not forget to look into courtyards and driveways for many more surprises.
One of the most colourful traditional shops is Galeria Buena Vida located at #42 Aldama Street. Buena Vida translated means the Good Life and it is the best place in San Miguel de Allende to buy colourful cowboy boots.
Relax and spend some time in Parque Benito Juarez
To Travel Too Tip: enjoy a sunset drink or two with tapas in the evenings. The views are amazing, we recommend that you take a jacket it can get cool in the evening.
One of our favourite streets to wander down with its restaurants and galleries in San Miguel de Allende Mexico is Sollano Street.
- wear comfortable shoes as most of the roads are cobblestoned
- take plenty of water with you
- apply sunscreen
- take your time, there is no rush, this is one tour that you take at your own pace
Things To Do in San Miguel de Allende
Tacos & Tequila Tour
One of the best day tours! Mexico is well known for its tacos and tequila and to experience both of them in one tour – what could be better, you also get to visit local spots and do a lot of tasting!
Half-Day Horseback Riding Adventure
Ride through canyons, rivers, and past ranches along the way. You will enjoy a packed lunch back at the ranch. What a great way to see the Mexican countryside from horseback.
Downtown San Miguel Food Tour
Do you enjoy food tours? “Wander the beautiful streets of San Miguel with this food and city walking tour featuring 6 food-tasting locations carefully chosen to highlight the best regional flavours. Learn about the history and culture, while enjoying delicious dishes and drinks.”
More articles to inspire you to visit San Miguel de Allende
Recommended Hotels in San Miguel de Allende:
We use Hotels Combined to give you all the options out there to what accommodation booking agent has the best value for hotels in San Miguel de Allende.
Address: Nemesio Diez 11 Col Centro San Miguel De Allende Historic Centre.
This is our favourite hotel in San Miguel de Allende. The 5-star 67 room hotel is in a great location, has a sauna, terrace, and swimming pool. We would recommend using the valet parking service as parking can be at a premium. It is perfect for families as it has a kids club.
Address: Cuna de Allende 7 San Miguel de Allende Historical Centre.
This hotel is perfect for families and family rooms available. The hotel offers free WiFi.
Address: 15 de los Chiquitos San Miguel de Allende Historical Centre
The 4 room 5-star hotel is located in the middle of San Miguel de Allende. It offers its own library and onsite bar.
Casa No Name Small Luxury Hotel (strange name this one but it is popular)
Address: Hernandez Macias 52 Centro Historic San Miguel de Allende
The 5-star 6 room hotel is centrally located and offers free WiFI, massages, swimming pool, terrace and an on-site library.
Address: Hidalgo No. 8 Colonia Centro
This 5 star 15 room hotel offers free WiFi and a swimming pool in a central location, just perfect for exploring San Miguel de Allende.
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There are a lot of options for Airbnb properties in San Miguel de Allende. If you are a first-time booker on Airbnb we have a special $$$ discount for you. Click below for more details.
Where to Eat in San Miguel de Allende
Tripadvisor Recommended Restaurant – La Parada
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How to Travel to San Miguel De Allende Mexico
San Miguel de Allende Mexico is not an easy destination to travel to.
San Miguel de Allende Airport – the closest is Leon which is about 70 miles away or Querétaro 45 miles away. Then it is a taxi ride to San Miguel.
Another suggestion is to fly into Mexico City and take a bus to San Miguel de Allende.
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