San Miguel de Allende
A UNESCO World Heritage City
Along the Independence Route, and an hour from Queretaro, lies San Miguel de Allende. Declared a national monument is 1926, it is a picturesque hillside town of arched colonial mansions, flower-filled patios and winding cobble-stone streets.
The centerpiece of San Miguel is El Jardin, a shady green plaza dominated by the out-of-Mexican-character pink Gothic-style parish church.
The town attracts artists from all over the world and many foreigners come to take classes in the arts, literature, Spanish language and Latin American history at the Instituto Allende, a beautiful 18th century home turned cultural institute. Others come to enjoy the shopping in top-quality craft shops and fine-art galleries.
San Miguel has a notable penchant for fiestas, such as the Musica Festival held each December which attracts Mexican and international artists; and the San Miguel Archangel, a celebration honoring their patron saint. The Archangel celebration, held September 29, includes a running of the bulls through city streets and traditional dances. With a large North American community, San Miguel boasts a thriving cultural and entertainment scene, with many events in English.
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