San Miguel de Allende what makes it so special?? Here are a few examples why....
San Miguel de Allende is host to numerous festivals throughout the year, making it a popular vacation destination for foreigners and Mexicans alike. In the summer there is the world-class Chamber Music Festival, in winter the annual Jazz Festival, and countless celebrations for the dead, saints, and others. And dont forget about what is arguably the biggest party weekend of the year, the renowned Running of the Bulls.
Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead
This event is one of the most well known in Mexico and takes place at the beginning of November. This is not a morbid festival, as the name might imply, but rather its a celebration of the lives of the deceased. The festival celebrates death as the beginning of a new life. During this event the streets leading to the main cemetery of San Miguel are crowed, starting at mid-day, and stay that way long into the night.
Three Kings' Day
This event takes place at the beginning of January, and is also known as the Day of the Epiphany. The celebration commemorates the Three Wise Men who followed the Star of Bethlehem to the manger and the baby Jesus. During this celebration it's customary to invite friends and neighbors into your dwelling to share a special sweet loaf, known as the Wreath of the Kings.
St. Anthony's Day
This Saint's Day takes place on January 17, and is celebrated by people taking their animals to be blessed at churches in and around San Miguel. The celebration of this festival is believed to keep the evil spirits away, and to bring fertility and regeneration of the land.
What to see in Town...
A visit to the city's lovely main plaza will quickly give you a feel for San Miguel's magic. Relax and watch the town at work and play. Make sure you are here in the evening when strolling musicians entertain the crowds.
Iglesia de San Francisco
A fine example of Mexico's Churrigueresque architecture. Built in the late 18th century on Juarez between San Francisco & Mesones.
One of the areas premiere botanical gardens. You'll find over 1,900 species and 5 miles of walking paths. The gardens are on a hill above town, just ask for directions. It is open daily sunrise-sunset and there is a small donation suggested.
This pink, gothic-style parish church dominates the plaza with it's soaring sandcastle-like spires. It is one of Mexico's great treasures. The story says the church was designed by a self-taught Indian mason who was inspired by postcards of gothic European cathedrals. The original building dates to the late 17th century.
Also known as El Nigromante Cultural Center is part museum, part artist showcase, and part art school. It is housed in the former 18th century Convento de la Concepcin at Macias #75.
A large shady park perfect for relaxing or strolling. The park is at Aldama & Diezmo.
Templo del Oratorio de San Felipe Neri
A clash of architectural styles such as neoclassic, baroque and others provides for one unique church. The inside is wonderful. Found at Canal & Macias.
Mercado Ignacio Ramirez
This is the city's main market and is filled with both foods and goods. It is in front of Oratorio de San Felipe Neri.