Tourism in San Miguel de Allende

By Nadine R. - Updated on 06 February 2020

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San Miguel de Allende is a small town in Guanajuato, northern Mexico, which in recent decades has become a tourist destination of international stature.

It is all due to its vast culture, history, gastronomy, architecture, and the luxurious life and entertainment it offers, both to its inhabitants and to those who wish to visit it.

This entry is a complete tourist guide about San Miguel de Allende, which is useful for anyone who wishes to visit this wonderful town.

You can go to San Miguel de Allende 2021

Currently, due to the covid19 health emergency, it is necessary to have a tourist access pass to San Miguel de Allende.

The pass consists of making a reservation at a lodging, food and beverage, or hot springs establishment. These establishments generate QR codes that serve as an access pass to the town.

Aspects to take into account when traveling

One of the best ways to get to know this town is to walk along its cobblestone streets to see its colonial houses, churches, monuments and reach different destinations. So it is important to wear comfortable rubber shoes that allow you to move around the town.

This small town has a semi-arid climate.

In warm seasons the day temperature reaches 28°, and at night up to 13°, while in the winter seasons, the average is 21° during the day, and 5° at night.

Therefore, you can feel free to wear loose clothing that allows you to feel the freshness of the climate.

It is also important to check prices and availability of tourist services, such as adventure tourism, events and others.


San Miguel de Allende is located in the south of Mexico's central highlands; its climate is semi-arid, and it borders the agricultural zone known as El Bajío.

About flights and how to get there

It is important to know that there are 2 airports close to San Miguel de Allende

León/Guanajuato Airport (BJX): 

1 hour 30 minutes away SMA by road. International flights from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Querétaro Airport (QRO):

1 hour 15 minutes away from SMA by road.

Of course, there are world-class highways to get to San Miguel de Allende.

Guadalajara - 356 km.

Leon - 151 km.

Mexico City -274 km.

Morelia - 179 km.

Queretaro - 162 km.

Monterrey - 722 km.


Public transportation is available from 06:00 am to 12:00 pm, cabs 24 hours a day.

Travel time

Hotels in San Miguel de Allende

There is a wide variety of hotels in San Miguel, ranging from luxurious to romantic boutique hostels that allow you to have a traditional experience.

I recommend you visit the list of certified hotels at



What to do in San Miguel de Allende


San Miguel de Allende is distinguished by its iconic neo-Gothic architecture dating from the 18th century, with grand buildings, monuments and sculptures.

Among its outstanding works are:

  • The Parish of San Miguel
  • Palace of the Condes de la Canal
  • House of Ignacio de Allende
  • Angel Peralta Theater
  • Fine Arts


San Miguel de Allende is the shadow of two of the most representative periods of Mexican history: the beginnings of the Spanish colonial era, the independence of Mexico.

This history is reflected in its buildings, traditions, culture, art and entertainment.

So, to understand the history of this warm town you can visit:

El Chorro
Allende Institute
La Aurora Factory
Plaza de los Toros

Equestrian Activities

San Miguel de Allende, being part of a Spanish colonial culture, has a strong attachment to equestrian activities.

These activities are available to tourists through horseback riding excursions, but also as a way of life, in beautiful ranches.

There are also horse races and exhibitions. 

Homes for Sale, Ranches & Luxury Living

Not everyone knows this, but San Miguel de Allende is a prized place to live because it offers an exquisite quality of life, sophisticated forms of entertainment, beautiful sunsets, a unique and inspiring artistic culture, and luxurious homes for the most discerning people.

When you visit San Miguel de Allende you will notice this. If you are visiting San Miguel de Allende Real Estate, you can see an exclusive offer on the San Miguel de Allende Real Estate website and visit some of the homes, luxury homes, ranches and lots for sale.

In San Miguel de Allende, there are many wonderful things to see and do in San Miguel de Allende.

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