What to do in San Miguel de Allende? Probably the question would be where to start in what to do in San Miguel de Allende Mexico!
There is too much to fit in in just one week, maybe plan for at least 10 – 14 days. We even wrote an article on 5 places to visit in San Miguel de Allende and realised after writing it during the first few days we visited that there were so many things to do in San Miguel de Allende.
- 1 Where is San Miguel de Allende
- 2 Our Top Picks of What To Do in San Miguel de Allende
- 2.1 Pick Up You Free Edition of the San Miguel Walking and Shopping Guide
- 2.2 2. Pick Up A Copy of the Friday Atencion Newspaper at the Biblioteca
- 2.3 3. Visit San Miguel de Allende’s Artisan Bakeries
- 2.4 4. You Will Be Spoilt For Choice by the Coffee Shops
- 2.5 5. Do You Love Markets?
- 2.6 6. Try The Local Icecream
- 2.7 7. Time Your Visit For the Locos Parade in June
- 2.8 8. People Watching
- 2.9 9. Enjoy Drinks and Dinner From Roof Top Bars and Restaurants
- 2.10 10. Get Lost Around The Colonial Streets
- 2.11 11. Things to do in San Miguel de Allende
- 2.12 12. San Miguel de Allende Hotels
- 3 Airbnb San Miguel de Allende
- 4 How to get to San Miguel de Allende
- 4.1 14. Flights to San Miguel de Allende
- 4.2 15. Car Hire in San Miguel de Allende
- 4.3 For further reading:
- 4.4 Our Mexican Posts:
- 4.5 Travel Insurance
- 4.6 How to budget whilst travelling
- 4.7 To Travel Too Travel Shop
Where is San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato is located in the centre of Mexico in the state of Guanajuato.
San Miguel de Allende Mexico Map
(Editor Updated May 2018)
Mexico is one of our favourite countries to travel to and we have spent quite a lot of time travelling around. We have written an e-book on A Mexico Travel Guide.
Our guide covers all the destinations that we have travelled to within Mexico, where to stay, where to eat, what to do and tips and tricks.
We love San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage site that needs to be on your bucket list to visit. A city situated in the middle of Mexico in the coolness of the mountains. A happening city where you can never be bored, lots of weekly activities, a vibrant art scene and some of the best restaurants and meals we have enjoyed in Mexico.
Our Top Picks of What To Do in San Miguel de Allende
Pick Up You Free Edition of the San Miguel Walking and Shopping Guide
Our top tip is to pick up the English Free Edition of San Miguel Walking and Shopping Guide. The Guide publishes 10 easy walks around San Miguel de Allende with maps that you can do in our own time, but unfortunately, when checking their website they do not list the free walks. We spent over 6 weeks in total in San Miguel de Allende and did one of the walks every couple of days. We learnt so much and saw so much. Our tip is to look into every doorway that is open when you pass by. There are so many colourful courtyards filled with colourful flowers and even fountains. You will find the Walking Guide in many of the shops around the colonial town.
2. Pick Up A Copy of the Friday Atencion Newspaper at the Biblioteca
Every Friday “Atencion” a weekly newspaper in Spanish and in English can be purchased from the Biblioteca and at various outlets. It is a great resource for what is happening the following week in San Miguel de Allende. It is your ‘go to guide‘ on what is on and where to go and includes the local art galleries and the Sunday Biblioteca Tours to Homes in San Miguel de Allende just to name a few.
3. Visit San Miguel de Allende’s Artisan Bakeries
San Miguel de Allende has some interesting Artisan Bakeries. Try La Buena Vida at Plaza Golondrinas (across from de Bella Artes) and Cumpanio at Centro San Miguel de Allende. They were 2 of our favourites. The rustic loaves of bread, yummy cakes made our daily visit one of the highlights of our time in San Miguel de Allende. A pity about our waistlines.
4. You Will Be Spoilt For Choice by the Coffee Shops
Enjoy a great cup of coffee at Buen Dia Coffee Shop down a quaint side street Calle Del Pueblito #3A. Buen Dia was our favourite but there were other coffee shops as well:
- Cafe Oso Azul at Calle Zacateros 17
- Lavanda Cafe at Calle Doctor Ignacio Hernandez Macias 87
- Inside Cafe at Avenida Insurgentes 66
5. Do You Love Markets?
After your coffee wander through the Artisan Markets located at Lucas Balderas. The markets cover over three blocks and at the end you will find the green market – full of the freshest fruits and vegetables and local stalls selling cheap Mexican food and juices.
6. Try The Local Icecream
Enjoy an ice cream from our favourite stand situated between Insurgentes and Hernadez Macias in front of a small park. Wonder which flavour will you choose? We loved the coconut and chocolate.
7. Time Your Visit For the Locos Parade in June
The first Sunday after 13th June each year head to Insurgentes early to get your spot to view the Locos Parade. Read our review of the parade for 2015. Be prepared to be there for a few hours of fun and laughter, catching the sweets and dancing to the music from the floats. Ensure you have water and sunscreen.
8. People Watching
Enjoy some time sitting and crowd watching in the Jardin and watch the strolling musicians and activities that happen throughout the year. We were even fortunate to watch a display from the local Indians on a Sunday afternoon in traditional dress performing their traditional ceremonies. Which San Miguel de Allende Church to visit? The famous and iconic 17th-century Parroquia with its stunning pink spires is the main attraction in the Jardin of San Miguel de Allende.
9. Enjoy Drinks and Dinner From Roof Top Bars and Restaurants
For more suggestions on the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende click our link below:
10. Get Lost Around The Colonial Streets
Get lost in the colonial streets, wander into hotel courtyards and marvel at the architecture and the colours.
11. Things to do in San Miguel de Allende
Mescal Experience – Tasting and Pairing Lesson With A Local
Evening Food Tour in San Miguel de Allende
Romantic Horseback Riding Tour Through San Miguel de Allende
Tacos and Tequila Food Walking Tour of San Miguel de Allende
12. San Miguel de Allende Hotels
Recommended Hotels in San Miguel de Allende:
Rosewood Hotel: Nemesio Diez 11 Col Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre
Hotel La Morada: Correo No 10 Col Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre
Casa del Tio Hotel Boutique: Hospicio 21, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre
Muuk Hotel Boutique: Ladrillera 6, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre,
Casa 1810 Hotel Boutique: Hidalgo No 8 Colonia Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre
Airbnb San Miguel de Allende
There are many options for Airbnb stays in San Miguel de Allende.
If you have not booked accommodation through Airbnb yet we have a special discount $$$ for you. Click our link below for more information.
13. San Miguel de Allende Weather
San Miguel de Allende has a pleasant climate all year round.
Driest months are February and March.
The hottest month is May and the wettest month is June.
How to get to San Miguel de Allende
14. Flights to San Miguel de Allende
For airports near San Miguel de Allende you have two to consider; Queretaro or Leon Airport. Leon Airport is the closest airport to San Miguel de Allende (BJX). Leon Airport is located 1.5 hours from San Miguel de Allende. You can expect to pay up to USD100 for a taxi.
To choose the best airfares to San Miguel de Allende we go through the following procedure:
Start researching your flights as soon as you have made the decision to visit San Miguel de Allende. We would also recommend signing up for their fare alerts. We normally book our flights 3 months out.
To travel from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende by bus we recommend Primeraplus.
15. Car Hire in San Miguel de Allende
For further reading:
Our Mexican Posts:
We have spent quite a bit of time travelling around Mexico here are some of our favourite posts for you to enjoy:
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