San Miguel de Allende was voted best city in the world in 2018 by Travel & Leisure readers for an unprecedented 2nd time.
This colonial-era city located in Mexico’s central highlands has a thriving arts scene and is home to many weekend cultural festivals. It’s a popular destination for ‘foodies’ with its gourmet restaurants and inventive chefs providing an updated take on classic Mexican dishes using local produce.
The town’s name venerates the monk who founded it, Juan de San Miguel, and General Ignacio Allende, a hero in Mexico’s War of Independence.
The quaint cobblestone streets lined with boutiques and artisan shops, colonial Spanish architecture and numerous markets make it perfect for exploring on foot.
With its Gothic facade of pink limestone, the local Parish Church of San Miguel Archangel is said to have been inspired by Gaudi’s, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Whilst not quite as impressive, it is the tallest building in town and overlooks the main square a popular place to congregate to watch the world go by or listen to local mariachi bands.
The major cities in Europe are now reportedly being swamped by tourists so there’s no better time to look to Mexico and towns like San Miguel de Allende as ideal future destinations. They never disappoint.
Mexico City, has itself, once again been included in the top 15 cities in the world. You’ll discover why as you unpeel the layers to discover a series of ‘villages’ each unique in its own way.
At Big Yellow Suitcase we’re passionate about Mexico, its people, history, stunning colonial towns, villages and incredibly varied landscape. We help our guests discover the true heart of Mexico. Join us in 2019 for our always highly rated tours to Mexico. To quote one recent guest … GO AND BE AMAZED.