San Miguel de Allende is the top city in the world. If you want a guaranteed, sure-to-please travel destination, head on down to Mexico.
Topping Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for two years in a row (as voted by its readers) and receiving honors by Conde Nast readers for Top Small City Outside the US as well as Friendliest City in World, San Miguel de Allende should be at the top of your travel list.
General Ignacio Allende, a prominent leader and hero in the Mexican War of Independence, was born here and the lends his name to the town. Because of its location, the city and its environs served as a melting pot where Spaniards, Creoles and native tribes greatly influenced the culture. Exceptional examples of the exchange between European and Latin American cultures are the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco and San Miguel’s historic city center, which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Known for its architecture, history and art, rather than the stunning ocean vistas of Mexican beach resorts, this colonial city’s allure will capture your heart. It certainly captured the heart of my clients and the many ex-pats who now call the city their home.
The historic city center is a beautiful mélange of 24 blocks of narrow streets and corresponding alleys and paths. Its cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, local customs, and community of local artisans give it a disarming old-world charm. If you’re lucky, you may have the chance to see a wedding procession with the bride and groom leading a parade.
In their travels, my clients visited a local shoe store where they bought sensible shoes for a fraction of the cost that they would have paid in the US.
The tallest and one of the most iconic buildings, the 17th century neo-Gothic parish of San Miguel is worth a visit.
Since the early 20th century, the city has attracted artists, and it continues to draw masters of painting, sculpture and writing. You can find collections from Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo, among others. The art and unique work of local artisans abound, including jewelry, leather, weaving, ceramics, and more.
For an authentic experience, stay at the Belmond Casa Sierra de Nevada in the heart of historic San Miguel de Allende. Stone arches and traditional wooden doors welcome you with the warm Mexican hospitality of this unique collection of four separate haciendas offering the ultimate Mexican experience. There is nothing like a wood burning fireplace in your room to make you feel at home.
San Miguel de Allende’s rich history and sophisticated, yet authentic cuisine and culture make it a top destination in the world. Like many of the expats who now live there, you may decide to ultimately make this beautiful city your home.
If you want a sure-to-please vacation, visit this top city in the world and experience its colonial elegance. Let’s set up a time to chat and get this on your travel calendar today! You can contact me at 602-692-9379 or [email protected] or click here.