San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende vacation rentals

Discover historic charm in San Miguel de Allende

Step back in time in the colonial-era San Miguel de Allende, a delightful city in central Mexico that impresses vacationers with its elaborate Baroque buildings, delicious local dishes, and fantastic year-round weather. Many San Miguel de Allende vacation rentals are in charming Spanish-style homes and apartments, and if you opt for one near the central square, you’ll be able to walk out the door to cobblestone lanes. From days spent shopping local markets and listening to mariachi music on the streets, to peaceful excursions to a golf course or nature preserve, you’ll find an array of activities awaiting you.

Downtown delights in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is known for its historic center full of cobblestone streets and colonial-era architecture. Most of the action takes place at El Jardin, a central plaza where vendors, travelers, and locals alike bustle around the well-manicured square fronting the city’s landmark church. There’s always something interesting to do in this area, from browsing for handmade souvenirs at the surrounding shops and galleries, to trying local recipes at charming cafés. The Museo Historico de San Miguel de Allende on the square is a great place for the whole family to learn more about the area. San Miguel de Allende is known for its historic center full of cobblestone streets and colonial-era architecture. Most of the action takes place at El Jardin, a central plaza where vendors, travelers, and locals alike bustle around the well-manicured square fronting the city’s landmark church. There’s always something interesting to do in this area, from browsing for handmade souvenirs at the surrounding shops and galleries, to trying local recipes at charming cafés. The Museo Historico de San Miguel de Allende on the square is a great place for the whole family to learn more about the area.

San Miguel de Allende’s amazing architecture

While there’s plenty of interesting architecture to admire just wandering around San Miguel de Allende, you’ll want to make time to visit a couple of the churches here too. The centerpiece of the downtown area is Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, an impressive neo-Gothic masterpiece with dramatic pink spires. Just a few miles outside of town, the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes San Miguel de Allende as well. Dating to the 18th century, the Baroque-style church and its chapels are full of murals and oil paintings to admire.

Sunny seasons in San Miguel de Allende

Located in the central Mexico highlands, the city only sees minor temperature variations throughout the seasons, making it the perfect year-round destination. Warm summer days are ideal for splashing around in the pools that come with many San Miguel de Allende vacation rentals, or for exploring the shops, coffee houses, and museums downtown, where you can quickly duck inside if a rain shower pops up. For drier, sunny weather, consider a vacation in fall, winter, or early spring, when cool temperatures welcome long family walks or bike rides outside around the Rio Laja body of water.

Botanical bliss in San Miguel de Allende

Away from the downtown area, you’ll feel much closer to nature at El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden and preserve full of cacti, rare Mexican plants, and scenic lookouts. More than 100 species of both birds and butterflies have been spotted here, along with a wealth of flora from dozens of botanical families. Kids will love playing in the Children’s Garden, which has areas themed around scent and pollination, to stimulate curious minds. Take the whole family on a hike that winds through wetlands or along canyons, and then stop by the open-air café for some fresh juice before heading back to your San Miguel de Allende vacation rental.