Things to See in San Miguel De Allende

Things to See in San Miguel De Allende
A colonial era gem located northwest of Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende attracts many foreign tourists and history and arts lovers from around the world. Complete with centuries-old buildings and charming cobblestone streets, San Miguel de Allende features an old world charm that emphasizes culture, arts and the preservation of the Spanish language. Visitors to the city will not be disappointed, as there are countless things to see in San Miguel de Allende that will appeal to almost any traveler's interests.

Plaza Allende/El Jardin

The central gathering point of the city, called Plaza Allende or El Jardin by the locals, is a must when it comes to things to see in San Miguel de Allende. The quiet, tree-lined park features a garden, fountain, gazebo and plenty of benches to sit at and people watch or listen to the many musicians that often perform in Plaza Allende. Restaurants, cafes, hotels and historic buildings surround the Plaza Allende, making it an ideal spot to begin any sight-seeing tour of San Miguel de Allende.

La Parroquia

Located adjacent to the Plaza Allende, another site worth seeing in San Miguel de Allende is the La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, an imposing 17th century Gothic church. La Parroquia was designed by a native architect inspired by postcards of Gothic cathedrals in France and has been renovated several times over the centuries. Still an active parish, the original 1732 bell calls parishioners to Mass every day. One of the most photographed cathedrals in Mexico, La Parroquia is an architectural feat definitely worth a visit when touring San Miguel de Allende.

Museo Casa de Ignacio Allende

A recent addition to the things to see in San Miguel de Allende is the museum house of the Mexican Independence hero, Ignacio Allende, after whom the town was renamed. The 18th century Baroque mansion was the birthplace of Allende and is now open to the public, featuring displays of the war hero's weapons, documents and personal effects.

Museo Casa de Ignacio Allende
1 Cuna de Allende St.
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

La Casa del Mayorazgo del Canal

Considered one of the most beautiful colonial mansions in San Miguel de Allende, La Casa del Mayorazgo del Canal, often referred to as "the count's house," is certainly worth seeing when touring the city. While the building currently houses the Banamex Bank, its preserved neoclassical design make it a wonderful example of colonial architecture. Of particular note are the entryway columns and the intricately carved front door.

La Casa del Mayorazgo del Canal
Canal #4 off El Jardin
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Instituto Allende

Housed in the 17th century former home of the wealthy del Canal family, the Instituto Allende is the focal point of the city's appreciation for cultural heritage and one of the top things to see in San Miguel de Allende. Spanish language and art courses are taught here and visitors can stroll through the institute's art gallery and patios and watch students paint, sculpt and weave original projects.

Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 22, Zona Centro
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
(415) 152 0190
http://www.instituto-allende.edu.mx/eng/index.php

Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes

Another must-see destination in San Miguel de Allende for appreciating the arts is the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, an art institute offering courses in art, sculpture, music and dance. In addition to its function as an art school, the Instituto features art galleries, a museum, auditorium, cafe, beautiful courtyard, and murals by the famous Mexican artist David Alfaro Siquieros.

Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes
(415) 152 02 89
http://mx.geocities.com/bellasartessma/

Hot Springs

While perhaps not part of the rich colonial heritage for which the town is known for, the many hot springs of the area are certainly one of the top things to see in San Miguel de Allende. Popular hot springs near San Miguel de Allende include Balneario Escondido Place, Balneario La Gruta and Balneario Taboada, all of which feature warm, relaxing thermal waters of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the thermal pools offer amenities such as lockers, showers, picnic tables and restaurants.

Balneario La Gruta
+52-415-152-2530

Article Written By Christie Leman

Christie Leman is a public educator who has been writing informative articles on a variety of topics for five years. Her articles have appeared on several websites, including eHow, Associated Content and Examiner.com. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and history from Texas A&M University and is a certified Texas teacher.

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