San Miguel de Allende: one of the most picturesque cities in Mexico


Its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, immaculate facades, and impressive churches make every block of the historic center a photo op. But there are also interesting gardens, markets, and hot springs nearby to visit.

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Walk the Beautiful Historic Center
The first thing to do in San Miguel de Allende is walk all around the beautiful historic center. You can start at the impressive Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, and wind your way through the cobblestone streets. Be sure to pass through the Parque Benito Juarez, the Lavaderos del Chorro (public laundry basins), the Temple de San Juan de Dios, and as many of the small charming streets as you can.


Botanical Garden: Charco del Ingenio
The large and gorgeous Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden should not be missed. This garden is outside the centro, so you’ll want to take a taxi. Plan to spend a couple hours making a large circle around the well maintained trails that wind down next to the presas (dams or lakes), and back up the hill, offering a sweeping view of the valley and San Miguel de Allende below. Admire the huge variety of agaves, succulents, and amazing plants in the greenhouses and around the whole property.

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Hot Springs and Spas
Spend some time soaking in thermal springs in one of the nearby hot spring parks and spas like La Gruta or Escondido Place. These spas have various pools with warm thermal waters to enjoy in a peaceful natural setting. You can spend a full afternoon, adding on massages, meals at the restaurants, and more. These spas are only about 15-20 minutes drive outside the city, so can easily be reached by taxi.



Visit the Artisan Market
The Artisan Market is another must-visit to get a feel for the local traditional artisan work. You’ll find lots of metal work, like jewelry, decorative metal wall hangings, lamps, and more. You’ll also see ceramic bowls, decorative ceramic signs, some textiles, woven goods, as well as produce and fresh flowers.
Walk up to the Mirador at Sunset
San Miguel sits in a valley with a steep hill rising up on one side. This is an excellent place to watch the sunset over the city. My favorite mirador is simply called “El Mirador” and it is a long overlook with a sweeping view of the city below. Have a bite at El Manantial before or after heading up to the Mirador.

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