San Miguel de Allende Things to Do

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    Colonial Splendor

    by Sinjoor Updated Apr 16, 2015

    When visiting San Miguel it is a given one visits its historical center as that is its main attraction. This is where the town's magnificent church can be found along with the house where Ignacio Allende was born, among others. The square itself, in front of the church, has a beautiful bandstand.

    the bandstand on the the town square Parroquia de San Miguel Arc��ngel Fray Juan de San Miguel, founder of the town the birth house of General Ignacio Allende birth house of Ignacio Allende and his statue
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    Juarez Park

    by fachd Written Jun 9, 2014

    Juarez Park, we stumbled this nice park. It’s a leafy park with well-cared garden. It’s a great place to relax and enjoyed the atmosphere. It has three-basketball court where you can watch the local played. There are walking paths with many benches scattered all over the park, rotunda, several fountains and wooden carved statues. It is quite large park.

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    Plaza Civica

    by fachd Written Jun 9, 2014

    Plaza Civica constructed in 1555 was the original center of the town before the Jardin Principal. A large statue of a general Ignacio Allende on a horseback is located at the plaza. He was the hero of the Mexican War of Independence.

    General Ignacio Allende
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    Temple of San Francisco

    by fachd Written Jun 9, 2014

    Temple of San Francisco located Juarez/Principal San Francisco not far from the Jardin. The church was built in 1778, the church has few design from Churriqueresque facade to neoclassical bell tower. Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras built the bell tower in 1799.

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    Church of the Immaculate Conception

    by fachd Written Jun 9, 2014

    Church of the Immaculate Conception also call (Las Monjas – the Nuns) is not far from the iconic La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. The church has yellow distinctive dome with statue of the Immaculate Conception sitting on top and bell tower. Zeferino Gutierrez built the church between 1755 and 1891.

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    Jardin Principal

    by fachd Written Jun 9, 2014

    Jardin Principal (Main Garden) is located opposite La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel in the heart of the City. The Jardin in San Miguel or Zocalo in other Mexican towns is the meeting spot or hang out for local and tourist. Inside the Jardin there are benches, manicured garden plus rotunda where you can sit enjoying ice cream purchased from the vendor. Outside the garden there are churches and buildings from the colonial era. Vendors selling ice cream and balloon for kids, café/restaurants and banks with Atm machine. Apparently Sunday is the best day to see activities.

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    La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

    by fachd Written Jun 9, 2014

    La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. This iconic church is probably the first thing you’ll noticed arriving in San Miguel. The two pinkish buildings are located opposite the Jardin. One of the buildings has a clock on top, which looks different design to the other. The one on the right with spirals pointing to the sky is neo-gothic design similar to the gothic cathedral in Cologne. The church illuminates at night, which looks beautiful. The church was built at the beginning of the 18th Century.

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  • SMA is far nicer and more fun than any of the...

    by rickls Written Dec 10, 2012

    It's easy to take a bus from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende. And well worth it. SMA is far nicer and more fun than any of the cities you've mentioned.

    You might want to check out alternative lodging at a hostel or even run an ad on the Yahoo Civil List for SMA.

    You might want to check out our list of 30 top things to do at AllSanMiguel.com.

    We write all about the delicious flavors, vibrant fiestas, fascinating art, interesting places, and things to do in San Miguel — with links and information to just about everything.

    Hope you have a great time!

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  • Horseback riding

    by mommaloo81 Written Feb 9, 2012

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    I highly recommend Xotolar Ranch Adventures for horseback riding. in San Miguel. Tomas Morin picked us up at our hotel in San Miguel and took us to his family's ranch. We went riding on a rugged trail through the countryside, up and down a canyon and through a river. As a first time rider, I was completely comfortable with Tomas and a nephew leading us. At the end of the ride there was an authentic Mexican meal made by his sister. What a wonderful adventure!
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    THE WONDERFUL MEXICAN MURALS!

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jun 19, 2009

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    Of course there are many famous and beautiful murals around Mexico, mostly by Diego Rivera, and Siquieros, but at the INSTITUTE de ALLENDE in San Miguel, there are also some beautiful large wall murals worth seeing; just walk into the main entrance and go to the back wall. Unfortunately, I do not know who the artist is.

    The Institute is a place to learn language and art.

    MURAL Detail of Mural
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  • Take a trip to the beach

    by ZihuaJude Written Jun 8, 2009

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    To give you the best of both worlds, take a drive to the beach resorts of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. It is a nice break from the cool mountains to the tropical sunny beaches with lots of fresh seafood to titillate your senses. Rent a condo or stay in a small B & B or small beach hotel and while away a few hours in blissful contentment. Contact Judith Whitehead through www.paradise-properties.com.mx and I will help you plan your visit.

    Private home on beach with pool
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  • Activities in San Miguel de Allende

    by barbaroja Written Sep 20, 2008

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    Ther is a directory of rentals at:

    http://smamap.com/SanMiguelDeAllendeWebsites/SanMiguelVacationRental.php

    For things for kids to do check the directories:

    http://smamap.com/SanMiguelDeAllendeWebsites/SanMiguelOutdoors.php

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    http://smamap.com/SanMiguelDeAllendeWebsites/SanMiguelClasses.php

    many of these places have kids programs.

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    Nice-to-see: Mariachi in the Main Square

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    Mariachi groups gather at night into San Miguel's Main Square, providing good chance for a serenade or just for listening at some traditional music.

    Indeed Mariachi is from the state of Jalisco, West of the state of Guanajuato, but you will find Mariachi all throughout Central Mexico and in San Miguel as well. You will recognize Mariachi players in the Main Square from their traditional outfit (though the ones I saw did not wear the traditional large hats) and the instruments they play such as trumpets, violins and different types of traditional guitars. Just approach one of the player and hire the band to play for you.

    Mariachi in the Main Square
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    Nice-to-see: Parque Juarez

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    Not a site worth remembering itself, San Miguel's park, Parque Juarez, few blocks off the Main Square right behind the Paroquia, is a pleasant place for some relax and some local-people watching. A gathering place for locals, especially seniors and youngsters. There is also a playground for kids.

    At the Park
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    Nice-to-do: Just Relax and Enjoy Yourself

    by gdilieto Updated Mar 16, 2008

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    There is no much in term of sights and attractions to recommend about San Miguel: there are few churches, palaces and museums worth mentioning but none will give you memorable experience; moreover the city center is that compact that eventually you will bump into all of them anyway. You will get the best out of San Miguel just wandering the city, enjoying the colonial architecture, the cool climate, the restaurants, some shopping and ultimately relaxing at the town slow pace of life. The whole city center may be visited in one full day or less. No map needed. Some get bored after a short while, but this is up to you.

    Few highlights on things "worth seeing" from my visit to San Miguel:

    - As any other Mexican colonial town the life of the city center spins around the Main Square, Plaza Allende in San Miguel. You will find a tree-shaded little park with iron benches where locals, residents and tourists hangout and sit watching the coming and going. Plaza Allende becomes very lively at night with food vendors and Mariachi groups.

    - The parish church and San Miguel's landmark La Paroquia, in the Main Square, is by far the most interesting and somewhat intriguing architectural piece in town. I have never seen a neo-gothic church in Mexico and likely there isn't any (see my San Miguel's Cover Page for more details). There are few other churches of some interest, displaying more traditional baroque facades, the best of which I found to be the Templo de San Francisco, right one block off the Main Square.

    - The only museum in town is the Museum Casa de Ignacio Allende, the house where the War of Independence hero Captain Ignacio Allende was born and lived. It is featured the biography of Allende as well as description of history of the area. It is a small museums and the only one in town, worth a stop.

    - There is a pretty nice lookout point, called El Mirador a five minute walk uphill from the Main Square. Facing the Paroquia head uphill on your left hand side and then turn right at the next main street where the traffic flows. The view is worth the effort get there.

    - A kind of "off the beaten track" destination, Parque Benito Juarez, the town park, few blocks and a few-minute walk off the Main Square is a good alternative for some relax and a good option for some local-people watching. Facing the Paroquia walk few blocks just straight in front of you.

    - There is a Bull Ring (Plaza del Toros) in San Miguel. You can easily spot the circular-shape building from the lookout point El Mirador. I don't know whether it still operates or open to visitors.

    Plaza Allende and the Paroquia Baroque facade of Templo de San Francisco Panoramic View from El Mirador Steet of San Miguel
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