San Miguel De Allende

San Miguel de Allende — The Heart of Mexico

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Properties for sale in San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, MEX

ESSENTIALS

Population: 139,297
Language: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Peso

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The city has an abundance of cultural and recreational attractions including historic architectural sites, world-class art institutions, exciting year-round festivals, high-end shops, gourmet restaurants, luxury hotels and spas, and premier recreation areas including national parks and championship golf courses.


With the Sierra Madre as its magnificent backdrop, the city of San Miguel de Allende is situated in the Mexican Highlands in the central state of Guanajuato, approximately 170 miles northwest of Mexico City. Bestowed with outstanding natural beauty and historic architecture, this enchanting Spanish Colonial city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Revered across the Americas as an international center for the arts, San Miguel is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city offering an abundance of cultural and recreational attractions. Considered one of the most beautiful small cities in the world, it is renowned for its near-perfect, dry climate, often referred to as “permanent spring,” its historic Spanish colonial architecture, charming cobbled streets, and exciting cultural scene. For it’s size, this small “hill town” offers an extraordinary array of museums and art institutions; gourmet restaurants; upmarket hotels and inns; artisanal markets, art fairs, and boutiques.

Founded in 1541 as a Spanish silver-mining colony, San Miguel was renamed in 1826 in honor of General Ignacio Allende, a national hero and pivotal figure in the Mexican War of Independence. During the 19th century, the city went into decline due to the depletion of silver ore and its population was reduced by three quarters to just 7,000 residents. In 1937, San Miguel experienced its renaissance after being rediscovered by a young American artist named Stirling Dickinson, whose influence transformed the small colonial outpost into one of Latin America’s important centers for the arts.

Over the years, hundreds of American artists and literary figures, including Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, were attracted to this cultural haven, and today nearly 8,000 Americans reside there. San Miguel has a timeless appeal, and its warm climate, high standard of living, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and large international community (20 percent of its residents are foreign nationals) continue to attract thousands of tourists, artists, and retirees from the US, Canada, and across Latin America.

The city is replete with charming streets and plazas, hidden courtyards, brightly hued stucco houses, and magnificent Baroque and Neoclassical Colonial architecture. Historic landmarks and heritage sites are found throughout the city including those at the beautiful El Jardín in the Plaza Allende town square, which is home to the spectacular pink sandstone–clad neo-Gothic Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel parish church, whose dramatic architecture was influenced by Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.

San Miguel has an exceptional range of luxury property offerings. Among the choices are original 17th- and 18th-century Spanish Colonial haciendas with tranquil courtyards, contemporary homes built by world-renowned architects, grand equestrian estates, hillside homes overlooking the city, and luxury residences in resort communities and country clubs.

The city’s dedication to the arts is seen throughout its myriad galleries, resident artists’ studios, and museums including Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende, museum and birthplace of Ignacio de Allende; Museo del Juguete Popular Mexicano; and the Biblioteca Pública library and cultural center, which houses the largest collection of English books in Latin America. Two world-class art institutions include Instituto Allende art institute and Escuela de Bellas Artes art school, which was founded by Stirling Dickinson in 1937.

Thousands of visitors are drawn to the city’s year-round festivals and parades including Fiestas Patrias, the two-month-long celebration of Mexican independence; Santa Cruz and de los Locos; and the religious festivals of Semana Santa and San Miguel Arcángel. There are also chamber music, jazz and blues, and film festivals including the world-renowned Expresión en Cortofilm. Premier entertainment venues include the Teatro Ángela Peralta theater and Santa Ana cinema at the Biblioteca Pública.

San Miguel’s historic downtown teems with charming art and antique shops, bookstores, designer boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and arts and crafts markets.  Excellent artworks, collectibles, homewares, and jewelry can be found at Mercado de Artesanías market and at the Fábrica La Aurora art and design center, which is housed in a former 19th-century textile factory.

With its rich Mexican and Spanish influences, the city is considered a gourmet capital of Mexico. Dining options include wonderful rooftop cafes and upscale restaurants. Favorites include Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar at the Rosewood Resort, Moxi restaurant at Hotel Matilda by one of Mexico´s top chefs, Enrique Olvera, Áperi, featuring fresh local cuisine by chef Matteo Salas and The Restaurant with chef Donnie Materson. The centrally located municipal market is a top choice for high-quality, locally produced street food and organic favorites each Saturday at the organic market.

San Miguel also boasts a number of luxury hotels and day spas including the chic Hotel Matilda, Dos Casas Boutique Hotel & Spa, Casa de Sierra Nevada, and the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende resort.

The area abounds with myriad outdoor recreational opportunities. Beautiful parks include Mirador & Parque Benito Juárez and El Charco de Ingenio, a 445-acre botanical garden and ecological preserve, which was designated as a “Zone of Peace” by the Dalai Lama. Residents and visitors will also enjoy a visit to the hot springs at La Gruta; the Santuario de Atotonilco, an 18th-century shrine and UNESCO World Heritage site; and the picturesque colonial towns of Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo.

Surrounding San Miguel are the pristine wilderness areas of the Mexican Highlands, which are the perfect venue for hiking and trail riding. Golfers have a choice of two world-class courses at the Nick Faldo–designed Las Ventanas de San Miguel and Malanquin Golf and Country Club.

San Miguel de Allende is served by Bajío international airport in Leon, which is situated approximately 1.5 hours away by car. The airport offers daily commercial flight connections to cities across the US, Canada, and Latin America. Alternatively, direct flights to worldwide destinations are accessed via Mexico City International Airport, which is a 3.5-hour drive.

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