What To Do in San Miguel de Allende

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.

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)

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

San Miguel de Allende Mexico

San Miguel de Allende Map

 

 

 

 

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.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Don’t wander San Miguel without this guide

Our Top Picks of What To Do in San Miguel de Allende

 

  1. 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.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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.

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Great coffee

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:

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Enjoy the sunset from some of the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende such as Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar at the Rosewood Hotel and La Posadita near the La Parroquia.

For more suggestions on the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende click our link below:

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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 CentreWhat to do in San Miguel de Allende

 

Hotel La Morada: Correo No 10 Col Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Casa del Tio Hotel Boutique: Hospicio 21, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre

What to do in San Miguel de Allende Muuk Hotel Boutique: Ladrillera 6, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre,

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Casa 1810 Hotel Boutique: Hidalgo No 8 Colonia Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre

What to do in San Miguel de Allende More options for the best hotels in San Miguel de Allende

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

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:

  1.  Check Google Flights
  2.  Check Skyscanner

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

Check our Wikitravel on Driving in Mexico for up to date information. We use Auto Europe for our car reservations world-wide.

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4 Comments

  • Amy says:

    We are visiting in a month (for our first time) so I really enjoyed your post! Thank you!

    • Hi Amy,
      Glad you enjoyed our post.
      regards
      Jane and Duncan

      • Amy says:

        Can we pick up the guide with the walking tours all over town? We would love to get it on our first day since we are only there for 5 days.

        Would you suggest sticking around SMA for that duration or is there a day trip you would recommend? We are on vacation so no need to stick around home for pets.

        Thank you!

        • Hi Amy
          I would recommend picking the guide up the first day and it is available at most of the boutique shops etc. There is a Tourist Information Centre in the Jardin you could always check with them first. The walking tours if you did one or two a day would give you alot to do in the 5 days that you are there. If you have time and the weather is good in the evening, head down to the Rosewood Hotel – go to the roof top bar called Luna at around 6.30pm – check when sunset is and have some interesting cocktails and tapas. We had two beers, two cocktails, a pizza (enough for two people) and the grilled vegetable baguette all for 700 MXN including tips. Great view of the area and sunset, take a jacket bit chilly. I personally would have enough to see and do around SMA. Don’t rush it. It is beautiful. Cheers!

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