San Miguel de Allende is one of these mythic places that you crave for visiting at least once in your life time. This picturesque little town with artistic vibe got its fame in the 40s and is still one of the most popular out-of-the mainstream destinations. If you plan on coming to San Miguel de Allende by plane you will need some patience. The closest airport is the International Airport del Bajío, and it is about 90 minutes away by car from your final destination. Land transportation is a decent option, and most of the bus companies have a vast net of connections with San Miguel de Allende. You may also rent a car and get there on your way. Inside the town you may keep using your rented car, use the public transport or get around on foot and enjoy fresh air. San Miguel de Allende apart from its colonial charm offers plenty of things to do all year round.
It has regular festivals, pilgrimages and parades almost all the time, and for all the tastes. The largest celebration is obviously the one of the town’s patron saint, the Archangel Michael at the end of September. The Holy Week period will not leave you disappointed with all the religious celebrations, and in August the Chamber Music Festival is a must. Jazz and blues take over the city in November and Cuban music swings it in March. If you like political History, get to San Miguel de Allende for September 15th, and celebrate the “Grito de Dolores”, the event that marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence.
San Miguel de Allende is a favorite spot for tourists that look for art and culture. Mexican muralists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros used to work there and since then, the town has attracted professional and amateur artists from all over the world. The city offers numerous short and long-term courses for residents and visitors on art, literature and Mexican cuisine, and the streets are full of singers and painters. There are not many sights to visit, apart from the San Miguel Church from the 17th century, but instead of traditionally understood sightseeing you are literally surrounded by historical, colonial buildings. So, instead of looking for tours (and you will easily find some of them), just walk around the city and breath history visible in the streets. Take classes at one of the cooking schools or learn the pottery art.
It may be also a good place to polish your Spanish. If you look for some more adventure there are companies offering horseback riding, hiking, biking, rappelling, camping, hot-air balloon tours and much more. People say that it’s difficult to get the real feeling of a place when travelling. San Miguel, however, invites you into the most intimate places from the start. You may easily forget that you are just a visitor and enjoy the real, out-of-the-beaten-track life.