Discover San Miguel
The Best Of San Miguel
Every moment in San Miguel de Allende—declared a World Heritage Site in 2008—is like living a glorious dream. Pastel houses line the cobblestone streets and stunning jacaranda trees flower in spring. At Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel, you’re ideally situated to explore the wonders of the city.
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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel
This dramatic cathedral, just moments from the hotel, is not to be missed. Self-taught architect Don Zeferino Gutiérrez is rumored to have based his designs on postcards of gothic European cathedrals. In the glorious evening light, it feels drawn straight from a fairytale.
Head to Mixta, a stylish boutique selling fabrics, furniture and jewelry. Or stroll to Mercado de Artesanías, a treasure trove boasting everything from fine wools to Mexican ceramics. San Miguel de Allende is bursting with skilled artisans selling their wares, so take to the cobblestone streets to discover a hidden gem.
Escuela de Bellas Artes
This architecturally stunning building features spectacular murals by David Alfaro Siqueiros. It began life as a convent, like our hotel, and in 1938 was transformed into an art school for US GIs returned from the war. Admire the dramatic cloisters, peaceful atmosphere and pioneering artwork.
Dôce 18 Concept House
San Miguel de Allende is full of charming watering holes. For a truly unique experience, though, head to the Casa Dragones tasting room in Dôce 18 Concept House. This six-seater bar is home to some of the world’s finest small-batch tequila. Bottles are hand numbered and designed to be sipped. Salud!
Sanctuary of Atotonilco
Though you won’t want to leave the historic center of town, guests should make an exception for the Sanctuary of Atotonilco. The internal walls of this 18th-century church—a World Heritage Site in its own right—are covered in murals which reflect the region’s European and indigenous heritage.