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San Miguel de Allende is a colonial town in the highlands of central Mexico . More than 100,000 people reside in or around the city. Over the last five years, the expatriate community has almost doubled in size and Americans, Canadians and Europeans number approximately 8000 full time residents. Tourism is a major industry here and tens of thousands of people visit San Miguel each year.

Founded in 1542, San Miguel El Grande was originally an important stop on the Antigua Camino Real, part of the silver route from Zacatecas. But the city's historical claim to fame came about through a series of odd connecting events. On September 16, 1810 , the Mexican War of Independence against Spain began in the nearby town of Dolores (now known as Dolores Hidalgo) when Padre Miguel Hidalgo issued his famous “Grito”—a shout heard throughout Mexico . In San Miguel, General Ignacio Allende joined forces with Hidalgo , leading the insurgent forces to several victories.

However, soon afterwards these two leaders were captured and beheaded by the advancing Spaniards. Both of these men became martyrs to the Mexican people and by 1821, Mexico had won its freedom from Spain . A few years later, in honor of its native son, the town was renamed San Miguel de Allende.

By the early 1900's, as the mineral wealth decreased, San Miguel de Allende was in danger of becoming a ghost town. Then in 1926, it was declared a national monument (no new style buildings or billboard signs) and by World War II, the first group of Mexican celebrities and foreigners began to buy land in the city known as “the Forge of National Independence.” Beginning in the 1950's, the Instituto Allende, a US accredited art school, made education grants available to war veterans and San Miguel began to acquire an international reputation as a cultural center.

San Miguel de Allende, now almost 500 years old, is more popular than ever. Its superb year-round climate, colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, the wealth of art institutions and galleries, and the dozens of excellent restaurants have made the city an excellent place to retire or purchase second homes. As we enter the 21 st century, the Patrimonio of Mexico has at long last been recognized by magazines, newspapers and broadcast media as the cultural gem that it is—a monument not just to the heritage of Mexico , but to Mankind.

 
     
 

Tio Lucas - Mesones 103
Tel: (415) 152-4996
El Pegaso- Corregidora 6
(across from the Post Office)
Tel: (415) 152-1351
Nirvana - Hernández Macias 56-A
Tel: (415) 150-0067
Limerick Pub - Umarán 24, Centro
Tel. (415) 154-8642
Berlin Pub
El Atrio de La Capilla - Cuna de Allende 10 Tel: (415) 152-0698
Harry's New Orleans Cafe - Hidalgo 12
Tel: (415) 152-2645
Ole Ole
Planta Baja - Canal 28
Mivida - Hernandez Macias 97
Mama Mia

 
     
 

Many visitors have found it easier to have us arrange their transportation from any of the 3 airports, Mexico City, Leon/Guanajuato & Queretaro to San Miguel. Please contact us and we will be happy to make all the arrangements for you. The drivers are not only bilingual, but know San Miguel and can take you directly to your destination from any point of arrival.

Mexico City Airport to Queretaro: Mexico City's airport is called Benito Juarez International Airport, MEX.Take the bus to Queretaro. There, you will change bus for San Miguel which leaves every 30 minutes or you can arrange for one of our drivers to pick you up.

Mexico City Airport to City bus terminal to Queretaro then to San Miguel: Go to the ¨Terminal del NORTE¨ Bus Station and board a ¨first class¨ bus direct to San Miguel with one stop in Queretaro.

Car into México: In order to enter Mexico with your own vehicle, you need to get a temporary import permit at the office of Hacienda (The Mexican IRS) on the Mexican side of the border.You will need a valid driver's license and you must have ownership documentation; such as, the original title and/or vehicle registration. It is also a very good idea to make copies of these documents and keep them in a safe place. You must pay an import duty of $11.00 USD with a major credit card (American Express, Visa or Master Card).

In order to guarantee your car, this fee must be paid with a major credit card (American Express, Visa or Master Card). Depending on the day of the week, it may take several hours to process the paperwork to enter the country

 
 


History, Events Calendar, and Things To Do

Yearly Events

January
01 New Years Day
06 Three King day: Blessing of gifts to children
17 St. Anthony's Day : Blessing of Animals in front of Parroquia, San Juan de Dios, San Antonio and La Salud
21 Birthday of General Allende: Hero of Nacional Independence
22 Departure of Pilgrims to San Juan de los Lagos
February
02 Candlemass day: Seed and Plant Sale at Parque Juarez to begin planting season.
05 Constitution Day
10 Ash Wednesday: Lent begins
14  Valentine`s Day
20 Fringe. Festival of Performing Arts
24 Flag Day
March
05 CUBAFEST 2014 Cuban Music (12th edition)
17 Celtic Festival in honor of St. Patrick
19 Feast of San José
21   Birthday of Benito Juarez. Springs begins.
27 Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Pain). Day of Altars in homes, streets, fountains are decorated
27 Daylight Savings Time begins.
27

Easter Sunday

31 Holy Tuesday.
April
30 Children`s Day
May
01 Labor Day
03 Feast of Santa Cruz, Day of masons and builders.
05 Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla
10 Mother's Day
15 Teacher`s Day
15 Day of San Isidro: Patron of Rain and agriculture. Village priests bless livestock decorated with garlands
23 Students Day
30 Memorial Day (USA)
June
04 Corpus Christi Day: Procession of Blessed Sacrament through the streets; gifts for children.
14  Feast of San Antonio: Parade of Locos
19  Father`s Day
26  Anniversary of the Death of General Ignacio Allende
July
03  3rd National Congress of World Heritage
04  Independence Day (USA)
13  Puppet Festival
25  Guanajuato International Film Festival begins
30 Anniversary of the death of Padre Hidalgo
August
01  Chamber Music Festival 
03  Guanajuato International Film Festival ends 
September
05  Labor Day (USA)
13  Commemoration of the death of the Child Heroes
14  Historical Cavalcade arrival
15   Independence Grito, Fireworks and Celebration
16   Independence Day Parade, Arrival of Insurgentes
October
01   Hummingbird Festival. (Done between the month of September and October)
02   Traditional Alborada.
03   Feast day of Archangel Saint Michael and arrival of dancers with offerings , Concheros dancers & Xuchiles.
04   Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi
12   Columbus Day
13   International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato
23   Daylight Savings Time ends
30   Calaca Festival (Start)
November
01 All Saints Day
02 All Souls Day - Day of the Dead - Food, Flowers, Candles in the cemeteries and Catrinas.
11 International San Miguel Jass & Blues Festival and Veterans Day (USA)
20 Anniversary of the Revolution of 1910
24 Thanksgiving Day (USA)
December
12 Feast of Mexico's Patroness, Virgin of Guadalupe Day
16-24   Christmas Posadas Celebration  
24   Christmas Eve Celebration
25   Christmas Day
31   Traditional New Year`s Dinner

Activities

Bike tours around San Miguel de Allende
Tours to Dolores, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Patzcuaro.
Hot Springs
House and Garden Tours
Horseback riding day or overnight trips.
Shopping around San Miguel

For more Information go to
"The Insiders Guide to San Miguel" by Archie Dean

 

 
   

 

   
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