San Miguel de Allende – Mexico’s Little Colonial Gem

San Miguel is a small colonial city in Mexico that was built for relaxing. While the city dates back to 154, a lot of its culture can be traced to the art colonies that were built in the 1950s. It’s this eclectic blend of art and Old World Mexican charm that attracts thousands of visitors every year. San Miguel is only 170 miles northwest of Mexico City. Its proximity to the larger bustling city has made it a haven for wealthy Mexican residents that are looking for a peaceful getaway.

Here are the top five reasons to become one of the many people that have fallen in love with this tranquil city:


San Miguel is a UNESCO World Heritage site. That’s the first indicator that its colonial and Spanish architecture has been well preserved. Be sure to visit Parraquia de San Miguel Arcangel. This church has a neo-gothic design with pink limestone and is on of the tallest buildings in the city.

Parraquia de San Miguel Arcangel

Rooftop Bars and Restaurants

If you’re a fan a rooftop bars (and who isn’t?), you’ll love San Miguel. There is no shortage of great high-end rooftop bars and restaurants in the city. Each offers a spectacular view. One of the best is the Luna Bar, which sits atop the very luxurious Rosewood Hotel.

Rosewood Hotel Luna Bar in San Miguel de Allende

Sunrise and sunsets

One of the main draws of the rooftop bars is the view that they allow during sunset. In San Miguel, the sky lights up in dramatic orange and yellow hues every night. Sunrise is just as impressive.

San Miguel de Allende Sunset

Cultural boutiques

A short walk from downtown is Fabrica La Aurora. This old textile factory was turned into a different kind of shopping space. Here you’ll find art galleries, shops, restaurants and artists’ studios.

Fabrica La Aurora in San Miguel de Allende

Walking the cobblestoned roads

There’s no telling where your adventure in San Miguel will lead you. However, it’s pretty safe to say that you’ll be able to walk there. Take a jaunt through on the city’s cobblestoned roads. Stop and relax at one of the many courtyards, stumble through the narrow streets and alleys and enjoy all the beauty of San Miguel.

cobblestoned roads in San Miguel de Allende

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Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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