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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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.
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.
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!
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.
A visit to the soothing hot springs of La Gruta are one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende. These Mayan baths offer unparalleled tranquility—perfect for unwinding after a day of sightseeing in the city.
One of the best ways to truly experience the city’s vibrant spirit is by visiting its markets. Feast on pozole from Mercado San Juan de Dios, or treat yourself to Mexican jade jewelry at Mercado de Artesanias.
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