Photos to Inspire Travel to San Miguel de Allende
Certain cities capture the imagination: & San Miguel de Allende is one of those places. Its been on my bucket list for years, & I’m finally planning a trip there….which I’m soooo excited about!! Conde Nast has deemed San Miguel its “Best Small City in the World” more than FIVE times, most recently in 2022. From its towering church that dominates the city skyline, to its charming historical center, beautiful architecture, & year-round spring climate: it’s not surprising that so many ex-pats have made this their second home. To see what makes it so special, here are some “Photos to Inspire Travel to San Miguel de Allende.”
“After years in a marriage gone sour, I was traveling alone. Like others before me I was an escapee into Mexico, a good place to stand between one’s past & future. I rented a house for the whole summer in San Miguel de Allende. Then it was not full of foreigners & gussied up, as it is now. Then it was more Mexico as you dream it — someone playing guitar on the church steps, stoic faces, women making tamales at the market, battered buses, fiestas with fireworks, blue doors open to leafy courtyards.
Let the marriage burn off me, I thought. I will translate myself into a new language, a new place.”
– Frances Mayes, Author of “Under the Tuscan Sun“
Map of San Miguel de Allende
On the map below is San Miguel de Allende, along with two of the closest international airports: one in Queretaro (QRO), which is just over an hour away ~ & Leon del Bajio (BJX), which is about 90 minutes away.
San Miguel de Allende
Queretaro International Airport
Leon International Airport
Photos of San Miguel’s Cathedral
The most significant piece of architecture in San Miguel de Allende is its main church, which is called La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel (the Parish of San Miguel, in English). Because it’s such a dominating presence, it can be hard to get a picture without La Parroquia in it! So this first grouping of photos all showcase this crown jewel in San Miguel’s architecture…
Something to consider when planning a trip to San Miguel: the closer your hotel is to La Parroquia ~ the closer you’ll be to the “heart” of town, which makes exploring super easy.
Hotels like Belmond’s Casa de Sierra Nevada give you a front-row view of this magical cathedral….
San Miguel de Allende’s Colorful Architecture
Many of the home magazines I read, like Veranda & Traditional Home, feature designer’s homes in San Miguel de Allende. The city seems to attract people with great style. Like many Mexican cities, San Miguel also features an amazing use of color, as though a master painter had designed the city in his imagination first…