San Miguel de Allende — Mexico’s mountainside colonial hamlet brims with old-world European charm, from its architecture, artistic culture, and joie de vivre mentality. In fact, New York Magazine described it as “the closest thing Mexico has to Florence” – and while this European reference relates more to San Miguel’s prestigious artist colony, the striking city scape is undeniably Spanish.
Upon entering the courtyard of this beautifully preserved colonial building, you are instantly transported back to 19th-century Mexico. A unique hotel gallery concept, Haiku Hotel features guest rooms with an amazing decoration. #haiku #casaschuck #casacordelli
In 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town's religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic.
San Miguel is a preferred destination of art lovers. Whether you're an aspiring or accomplished artist, or just prefer to admire the creations of others, you'll be happy here. Studio openings, courses and workshops form a vital part of the thriving arts scene. Galleries, boutiques and shops selling a wide range of art and handicrafts are plentiful so it won't be hard to find souvenirs to take home with you.
San Miguel de Allende has an air of tranquility about it, belying the fact that there is always something happening. This is the perfect city for an extended stay. Take a Spanish course or some art classes and make yourself at home. It is safe to walk around day and night and the climate is pleasant year-round.
Come and visit at Haiku Hotel “Catrina Sharona”, she is made out of cut glass, mirrors and found objects. Anado McLauchlin draws his inspiration from indigenous cultures in Mexico and the "Dance of Allowing", following the muse. The artist's work comes from a space of spontaneity and improvisation.
Anado McLauchlin (born 1947), is an ex-pat artist living in the small village of La Cieneguita in central Mexico. At present Anado is constructing a large scale compound known as "Casa las Ranas", which includes the gallery known as “The Chapel of Jimmy Ray” and houses Anado's multi layered assemblages which he refers to as Artifacts from the Chapel.
Miguel de Allende is considered to be the jewel of the Colone and a National
Monument. It was built in 1542.This beautiful street has kept by the years its
architecture, its rocked streets, its own traditions and culture. It is located
just an hour away from the city of Guanajuato.
Behind its old wood doors you can see the beautiful colonial yards; lots of them had given life to the international and grand tourism Hotels. At the principal square you can find the principal church called "Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel”, and a few steps from there, there's the Cultural Centre "El Nigromante", the Allende Institute and the San Francisco Church.
San Miguel de Allende is also enriched with the several Chamber Music and Jazz Festivals, and its famous wool and lathon fair.
San Miguel de Allende is a natural refugee of talented national and international artists and craft makers. They exhibit their work at the several galleries and art fair.
ABOUT SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
High in the cool hills, this colonial gem of cobblestone streets and picturesque churches inspires artists with its colour, character and light. Baroque, neoclassical and neogothic mix in the city's buildings, notably at the pink stone 18th-century church on the Plaza Principal. Founded in 1542, the city is a mix of Hispanic and Mesoamerican influences.
7 Reasons you will fall in love of San Miguel de Allende
History: The city's rich history dates back to 1542 when it played an important role as a hub in the silver trade.
Architecture: San Miguel de Allende is known for its well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture.
Art: There is still a very vibrant arts community with many studios and galleries with working artists and artisans.
Sunrises and sunsets: Because of the light and changing colors of the foothills of the Sierra Madre, sunrises and sunsets in San Miguel de Allende can be quite dramatic.
Cultural mixes: San Miguel de Allende is not only rich in Mexican culture but also attracts many foreign retirees, artists and writers, predominantly from the U.S. and Canada.
Rooftops: With such temperate weather, described by some as "eternal spring," many of San Miguel de Allende's restaurants and bars are on rooftops, offering beautiful city views.
Food and dinning: San Miguel de Allende is so popular with tourists, there has been a proliferation of foodie destinations, from street foods to gourmet restaurants.