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San Miguel de Allende - "The tourist's paradise"

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San Miguel De Allende is a vibrant and historic city filled with cobblestone streets and architectures as a remembrance of the once Spanish colonial rule. Artists, musicians and writers from all over the world flock here to witness the Mexican traditions and celebrations blended with artistic inspirations passed over the generations. Read on to find out what makes this city a tourist’s paradise and one of the most sought after travel destination.

E veryone who's been there agrees: San Miguel de Allende is a magical place. A colonial jewel tucked into a bowl-shaped hollow in Mexico’s central highlands, its rumpled cobblestoned streets are lined with antique buildings painted as many colors as an over-made-up grande dame. Stucco walls drip flame-colored bougainvillea, pale blue plumago, lemony lantana flowers. Carved doors with brass knockers guard the entrances—and the secrets—of beguiling patios, tinkling fountains, lush gardens.


But it takes time to convince San Miguel to reveal all her secrets. If you're like most visitors, you'll soon be asking: What’s behind those beautiful doors and mysterious walls? Are the people as colorful as their buildings? And how can we get a peek inside and experience the real San Miguel de Allende?
That special insider’s look is a whole lot easier when you know a local who’s already broken the code and learned the secret route into the heart of this intriguing town... someone willing to take you by the hand and help you really experience San Miguel de Allende.


Visiting?
Here’s all the information you need to plan a perfect stay, rich in experiences you might have missed without our insider knowledge. Who else will lead you not only to the best hotels and restaurants but also tell you where to have a hand-embroidered "retablo" made in your very own likeness? Or steer you to the hole-in-the-wall spot where you can experience your own, unique "Mexican moment?"


Moving to San Miguel?
If you want to join the thousands of ex-pat Americans, Canadians and Europeans who call San Miguel home, we’ve got you covered too. We’ll point you to the best gym, Spanish class or carpenter, introduce you to real estate agents and artists, even tell you where to find the best prices on everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals. And who else knows—and tells you—where to order slip covers for the sofa your cat just shredded? We'll help you shave months or years off the learning curve of settling into your new community and country.


San Miguel de Allende seduced me from the first day I arrived and it has never let go. Will you love San Miguel as much as I do?


Come see. Experience San Miguel de Allende for yourself. One visit might be all it takes for you too.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the town began to attract artists and writers. One prominent artist and writer was Stirling Dickenson, an American, who came in 1938. In the 1940s, Dickenson established the Instituto Allende. Another art and cultural school established around the same time is the Escuela de Bellas Artes. Despite their rural location, both schools would find success after the Second World War. U.S. veterans studying under the G.I. Bill were permitted to study abroad, and these schools took advantage, attracting former soldiers as students. Enrollment at the schools rose and this began the town's cultural reputation. This attracted more artists and writers, including José Chávez Morado and David Alfaro Siqueiros, who taught painting at the Escuela de Bellas Artes. This, in turn, spurred the opening of hotels, shops and restaurants to cater to the new visitors and residents. Many of the American veterans who came to study in San Miguel would later come back to retire, thus beginning the town’s reputation as a American enclave in Mexico. These Americans have been credited with saving the town.