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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

 
 


News and More !

JULY    NEWS If you need help or more information please Contact Us
Bull Fight San Miguel

July 9 and 10 /11:00 am
SAZOINOX IN SAN MIGUEL

LA CASONA
Free Entrance

Come and enjoy a great exposition... "food service equipement". Greta prices, food and wine tasting.

July 11/ 7:00 pm
JAZZ CONCERT

AGELA PERALTA THEATER
Contact us for more Information

Jazz and Blues is the foundation that brings together each month many talented national and international musicians.
Semana Santa on the Bajio San Miguel : July 19-23
Guanajuato : July 25-28
GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

As part of the activities for this year, GIFF (Guanajuato International Film Festival) proudly announce that the director, screenwriter and producer Gus Van Sant is their honor invited!
In his career he has been nominated twice for the Oscar with his films Good Will Hunting and Milk, and won the Palm d'Or for Elephant. He is also known as one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement.
In part of the GIFF program, Van Sant will share with the audience his experience in Cinema Industry.
Anual Gala Angela Peralta July 20th
NO MORE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

JARDIN

GIFF (Guanajuato International Film Festival) in colab with the local autorities of Guanajuato are bringing Yalitza Palacios, the actress of Roma, the film that recently was nominated for an Oscar in 2018. Yalitza will share on July 20th in the jardin, an important ponder message about violence in all its facets.
Anual Gala Angela Peralta

July 13 / 06:00 pm
FLAMENCURA!

ANGELA PERALTA THEATER
$ 100 - 450 MXN

   Angela Peralta brings you again the incredible Flamenco dance and music. This time Juan Rosas in the guitar and Alberto solis are ready to delight you with this amazing show!

Anual Gala Angela Peralta July 13 / 1:00 pm
MUSIC UNDER THE TREES

CHORRO
Free entrance

What a wonderful place is Chorro in San Miguel! Music under the trees is brought for you to enjoy it more and more!
Anual Gala Angela Peralta July 14 / 11:00 am
FLEA MARKET!

LOS PINOS EVENT ROOM
Free entrance

Lots of fun, music and food in the Flea market in San Miguel! You can find the treasure you were looking for.
Mikaella Music Festival July 20 / 1:00 pm
MIKAELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL

HACIENDA LOS ARCANGELES
Tickets HERE

Mikaella creates an event where the food and the music encounter... Their goal is to promote the sence of the indie music through the art and culture while some of the most recognized chefs in san miguel offer their specialties to everyone.
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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

 

 

 
   

 

   
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