San Miguel de Allende
Guanajuato, Mexico
  • San Miguel de Allende    San Miguel de Allende

Filled with buildings dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, San Miguel de Allende (ca. 1542) was in danger of becoming a ghost town until rescued by foreign artists in the early 20th century. Today, it has evolved into being the top city in Mexico in 2012, according to readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.


Lots of doors


San Miguel's city center and Sanctuary of Atotonilco are World Heritage Sites. The city center, with its winding, hilly cobblestone streets, is much like it was 250 years ago. The are about 2,000 doors, which lead to an estimated 2,000 courtyards.


If you're looking for a super cool art center without fast food restaurants and parking meters and with friendly people who enjoy life, San Miguel de Allende may be the place where you should next travel or move.


  • Mediterranean

Physical Environment

  • Mountains


  • Fine art museum


  • Leaning conservative


  • $$$ -- Prices seem reasonable


  • Biking, hiking, running trails


  • Working farms within 25 miles
  • Public squares
  • Lots of downtown living space