One of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende has long held appeal for romantics and culture lovers. The city boasts a cosmopolitan atmosphere, with artists and poets wandering its cobbled streets looking for inspiration while local artisans fill its markets with colorful goods from the traditional central highlands.
The warm weather and non-stop parade of cultural events and festivals mean there is no real bad time to visit: it’s really just a matter of what you are after. If you’re in the mood for a fiesta, then visit in mid-September for Mexican Independence Day or at Christmas and Easter you can witness unforgettable religious traditions and ceremonies.
The city is busiest during the winter months, with US visitors flocking here looking for some much-needed sun.
Travel in the summer months of June and July and you can usually find better rates on rooms and accommodation.
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Del Bajio (BJX) airport is the closest to the city of San Miguel de Allende, located just over an hour away by road from the town and close to the city of Leon. It is the airport most commonly used by visitors heading for San Miguel. The airport has expanded in recent years and now handles just under two million passengers a year.
Queretaro Airport (QRO), located just outside the city of Santiago de Queretaro is another option, with a slightly longer transfer time. However, having a choice of airports means it is often easier to find cheap flights to San Miguel de Allende.
A number of US and international carriers run services to convenient airports for the city of San Miguel de Allende.
Arriving from either of the main airports to the city of San Miguel de Allende involves a transfer. You can book private cars, shared transfers or take a cab from the airport to your hotel. Rental cars are also an option, depending on your travel plans.
Once in San Miguel de Allende, almost every major attraction in the city is easily accessible by foot. However, the steep mountain side position of the town can make going a little tough on certain sections, so bring suitable walking shoes.
Driving in the city can be a bit of an ordeal, largely because the old cobbled streets were never designed for motorized traffic. Cycling is an option in some parts of the city but the steep inclines can be a challenge even for seasoned riders.
The Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende is a pink granite church sitting at the heart of the city’s main square. It’s confectionary-like turrets extend skywards making it an unmissable landmark.
Other notable colonial buildings include the Templos de la Concepcion and de San Francisco. The painted murals at the Santuario de Atotonilco are also well worth seeing.
The botanical gardens are another highlight, with a huge collection of cacti and exotic birdlife.
If you happen to be visiting during one of the city’s many festivals or cultural events, then you’re in for a real treat. The International Jazz and Blues Festival is one of the biggest, along with Dia de los Locos in June and Independence Day in September.
You will require a passport to visit this part of Mexico as it is more than 13 miles from the border. Single visa entry forms for tourism give you permission to stay in the country for up to 180 days.
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