San Miguel De Allende Activities
Strolling the Cobblestone
- San Miguel De Allende was founded in 1542, and great efforts have been made to preserve or restore its historical ambiance. The town is crisscrossed by narrow cobblestone streets, along which the visitor can take in Baroque and neo-Gothic cathedral architecture from the early colonial era. The center of town is a large plaza known as El Jardin, where medieval churches and colonial buildings constructed in the 17th and 18th century compete for the visitor's eye. On nearby streets, bustling markets feature a fascinating selection of traditional local handicrafts. All of this is surrounded by low mountains in the distance that give San Miguel de Allende its unique flavor.
Cante Botanical Gardens
- For those more interested in natural rather than man-made beauty, the 160-acre Cante Botanical Gardens beckon. Located in the hills of the El Charco del Ingenio neighborhood, the Gardens feature much of the botanical wealth that gives this part of Mexico its sparse beauty and make it ecologically unique, including many species of cacti and other desert vegetation.
San Miguel de Allende Museum
- For a glimpse into the past, the San Miguel de Allende Museum is tucked inside an unassuming corner residence on the Western side of El Jardin. It is the birthplace of Ignacio de Allende, town founding father and Mexican independence hero, and displays a wide variety of traditional arts and crafts, some not found in local markets. It also features archaeological finds that illuminate the early history of the indigenous people of this part of Mexico.
El Mirador Viewpoint
- While on your way out of San Miguel De Allende, consider leaving in the direction of Queretar to stop by the El Mirador viewpoint. The El Mirador viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the city's eye-catching natural landscape, overlooking the entire city from one of the highest points in town.