SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, GUANAJUATO, MEXICO
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, is one of the most important tourist destination in Mexico. is visited by thousands of national and international travelers; because its beauty & charm, infrastructure and the necessary resources to make you, enjoy a pleasant and unforgettable stay.
"GEOMUNDO"® magazine in its special edition of Vacations 3 of 1996, published "The 12 places of Mexico that satisfied the tourist more", and San Miguel de Allende was in the First place ! ! !
"FORTUNE"® magazine in its issue of August 19th, 1996 published "The States on Paradise", an article about the 20 best paradise places for retirement in the world. San Miguel de Allende was one of them.
"ARTES DE MEXICO"® magazine made a special issue, number 33, 1996, completely dedicated to "San Miguel de Allende". In which it praised the history, beauty and the magic charm of this part of Mexico.
"TRAVEL & LEISURE"® magazine in its September issue, at the "World's best awards 1997", placed San Miguel de Allende, in the 17 th. of the top 25 cities all around the world.
Also the 1st. place of the "Best Latin American Cities". San Miguel deserved this placement because its activities/attractions, culture/arts, people, restaurants/food and value.
On February 1998 issue, San Miguel was placed at the 10 th place of the "World's Best Values".
September’s issue: "World's best awards 1998", San Miguel de Allende is placed at the 24 th of the 25 World's Best Cities: and at the 1st. place of the "Best Cities of México, Central and South America".
On the "World best values 1999", San Miguel de Allende, is at the 6 th place of the "Top 10 Cities around the World".
November 1999, at the Readers Choice awards of "TRAVEL & LEISURE"® magazine, San Miguel de Allende, is again listed on the Top 100.
On the overall around the world score is placed in number 14th. On the overall North America score is placed in number 7 th.
But the most important is that San Miguel de Allende, deserved the place NUMBER ONE among all regions around the world, because of its environment and ambience.
Also, the SECOND place overall regions in the world, because of the friendliness people.
The prestigious "CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER"® September issue, at the "Ten Annual Reader's Choice Awards, World's Best 1997 Winners", gave San Miguel de Allende the 7 th. place of "Top 20 Foreign cities", all around the world; because of its environment/ambience, people/friendliness, cultural enrichment, restaurants, fun/energy.
In the Readers' Choice Poll of November 1998, San Miguel de Allende was in the 17th. place.
At the end of the last Millenium "CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER"® considers at the "2000 Readers' Choice Awards" San Miguel de Allende at the 10 th place of the most important Foreign Cities all around the world.
But forget all these magazines and many others that have written wonderful things about this outstanding city. VISIT US !
" THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU COME, EXPLORE AND CAPTURE THE SEDUCTIVE SPIRIT OF SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE ! ! !
" Take a moment of personal delight and enjoy it ! You will discover how blessed by heaven is this mystic & enchanted town ".
We are sure that on the list of places in the World, that You should see in a lifetime. . . YOU WILL PLACE " SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE ", ON THE TOP ! ! !
ABC REALTY agency will take you to discover the enchantment of the sloping cobblestone streets, colorful parks and gardens, magnificent colonial architecture of the XVIII century, fascinating history, great culture, public security, helpful and friendly people dedicated to preserve their traditions; in a few words, what make visitors change into residents.
H I S T O R Y
San Miguel de Allende is the oldest city located in the center of the Mexican Republic. Founded on September 29 of 1542 by the father Fray Juan de San Miguel. In 1555 became "Villa de San Miguel el Grande" (village of San Miguel the great).
On march 8th, 1826 it received its present name : san Miguel de Allende honoring its founder and Ignacio Allende our Independence hero.
In 1982 it became a national monument and historic zone. That’s why the "INAH" ( Anthropology and History National Institute) is a jealous guardian of the colonial character of the city ; an image which San Miguel residents are proud to preserve. we invite you to participate in the conservation and to respect our architecture, customs and values.
San Miguel de Allende, is where important rebel heroes were born, such as Ignacio de Allende Unzaga, Juan and Ignacio Aldama and many others plotters. Who animate and brighter the spirit of the Independence of the Country. This is where the 1st liberation meetings took place in the early 1800’s. So the city is called the forge of national independence.
GENERAL INFORMATION :
San Miguel is located at the east of the state of Guanajuato, its coordinates are 20º 54’ 08" of latitude North and 100º 44’ 10" West latitude of meridian Greenwich. Its average height is 6250 ft above sea level.
San Miguel de Allende has one of the most desirable climates in the world, its annual average temperature is between 54ºf and 64ºf, the coldest month is 39ºf and 64ºf (December or January) ; while the hottest is between 54ºf and 93ºf (may). You’ll enjoy a moderate dry warm summer, with some rain and a fresh dry winter.
The annual average of sunny hours is 2,400, the barometric pressure of 759 mm and the annual average of relative humidity at 2 pm of 40%. The annual average precipitation is 505 mm, especially between June and September. The weather is the main reason why a great number of foreigners to come and visit us to enjoy a warm winter, and/or a summer without humidity and extreme heat.
This city is part of the touristic corridor of Colonial Cities : Queretaro-San Miguel de Allende-Guanajuato, only 55 kilometers away. You have the most important industrial corridor of the center of the country : Queretaro-Celaya Salamanca -Irapuato-Silao-Leon-Aguascalientes well known as "Corredor del Bajio" (lowland corridor).
Another attraction of San Miguel's location is that it is so near to other colonial cities, or interesting places, such as Zacatecas, Fray Junipero Serra Missions, Yuriria, Patzcuaro, Morelia, and many more. Also, you can be at a nice beach in a couple of hours by plane or by car.
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE.
By road, you may take 57 Federal highways and then continue to Dr. Mora-San Miguel road.
However, if time is limited, the International Airport of Mexico City is located at 270 kilometers from here or the brand new International Airport in Leon well known as "DEL BAJIO" located at 120 kilometers.
The city of Celaya is 54 kilometers away and has an airport with Charters and National flights. At 62 Kilometers is the actual Airport of Queretaro right now but it has only National flights and especial Charters.
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE is closer to you right now and you have several options:
The new “INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT OF QUERETARO”, code "QRO" officially opened on December 2004 and has a daily fly from Houston to Queretaro and from Queretaro to Houston by Continental Airlines and starting June you could fly directly to Los Angeles every day.
This brand new Intercontinental Airport close to the City of Queretaro shall be only forty five minutes (45 ) from San Miguel de Allende, 85 Kilometers through a brand new, safe and well build road. Of course you are able to Rent a Car from this modern and well designed airport.
The best way ( faster and safer ) to come to San Miguel de Allende right now is to fly to LEON’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ( well known as DEL BAJIO, code “ BJX ” ) and from there you can either take a cab, hire a van OR rent a car with :“ Avis ”, “ Budget ”, “ Dollar ”, “ Hertz ” or " Thrifty "
There are direct flights from Dallas, Houston, L. A. Oakland and Atlanta to this New Airport ( BJX ) which is only One hour twenty minutes from San Miguel.
The International Airlines that arrive to Leon's Airport are Continental, American Airlines, Delta, Mexicana, and Aeromexico.
You may also fly to MEXICO CITY, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, where you may take a comfortable large tourist bus and three and half hours later, you should be in San Miguel.
There is DIRECT DAILY SHUTTLE SERVICE door to door from MEXICO’S AIRPORT ( 24 hour service to and from Mexico City Airport ) US $ 50 per person, based on 2 people booking together.
And LEON’S AIRPORT ( 24 hour service from Leon Airport to San Miguel ) US $ 27 per person; with “VIAJES DE SAN MIGUEL”: ( advanced reservation is required ) Phones : 011 52 ( 415 ) 152 2537 and fax 152 2538, e-mail: email@example.com , http://viajessanmiguel.com
OR you can contact “AMERICAN EXPRESS”: firstname.lastname@example.org Phones: 011 52 ( 415 ) 152 1856 / 152 6195 and fax 152 0499; they are on Hidalgo street number 1A in San Miguel.
If you wish to have a "Personal Shuttle Service" to and from the Airports or to take Tours to nearby places from San Miguel de Allende, we suggest “Transtour Colonial” who has a float of brand new clean, comfortable air conditioned cars. Telephones: ( 011 52) 41515 22892 or ( 01152 ) 4422 035395. E-mails: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
As you can see, San Miguel de Allende is very near to the great technological advantages for travelers, without having the inconveniences of a large city, such as noise, crowds, pollution and danger.
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE ?
There are many Accommodations ranging in price from $50 to $500 USD/night. Please visit the links and choose the best for you!
Find your Luxurious or modest Hotels in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
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Most Private Vacations homes offer considerably more space and flexibility than you will find in the typical hotel room often at reduced cost. Vacation Rental homes often contain many personal and convenient items that will increase the confort and of course kitchen and privace.
If you really want to enjoy some Wonderful and Unforgetable Vacations in San Miguel de Allende, ABC REALTY will provide you a personal attention. Of course you will receive a World Class Service from our trained personnel with warmth and courtesy that you deserve and Tips and hints that only the locals know. This can make a huge difference in the enjoyment of your trip.
HOW TO ENJOY SAN MIGUEL
San Miguel is a small city, with a population of 80,000 inhabitants. Approximately, 9,000 are foreign residents. This mixture gives it a cosmopolitan environment, where you will find excellent restaurants with international and Mexican food, first class hotels, jazz concerts or theater shows.
Night life is varied, you can either have a drink in a romantic patio under the stars, or dance salsa, disco, blues, or rock all night long and finish up at dawn, enjoying the great view at "el mirador".
Another option is to enjoy the Mexican music in any of the many bars that offer mariachis with joyful tunes, romantic trios, tropical groups or folk band music.
During the day, you can enjoy a hot springs resort, where the water temperature is about 105ºf. Such as Taboada, Sta. Veronica, Escondido place, La Gruta and many more.
We also have a golf club, where you can play golf, tennis or a good poker hand ; or enjoy the swimming pool, steam bath or just take a nap in their beautiful gardens. This will give you the opportunity of enjoying the facilities at a moderate monthly rate, and the chance of making new friends.
Make sure to spend at least a few minutes a day relaxing in the shade of the Jardín listening to the strolling estudiantinas (student musicians) or walking through the tropical gardens (with resident snowy egrets) in the Parque Juarez or the Botanical Gardens.
Take the Sunday morning House and Garden Tour to get a peak at some of the treasures hidden behind the brightly painted walls of the town.
Many weekends, you will be waking up to the sound of fireworks, don’t worry, this is not a revolution ; it’s only a religious festivity, one of the many we have. At these celebrations, Mexican people enjoy flare, excitement and pageantry. But after a few weeks you will get used to it and will become part of your life in San Miguel.
In June, the city becomes a big Carnaval, with the "locos" parade. Where more than two thousand persons dance through different downtown streets, in costumes resembling famous personalities of Mexican and international political life. As they pass, they throw candies to the children. This celebration in to honor their patron saint, "San Antonio".
In September, we have our biggest and greatest celebrations. Starting with September 15th, Independence day, then the next weekend the "San Miguelada" where youngsters challenge the bull showing their "matador" abilities. Then the big party comes, honoring the patron saint, "San Miguel Arcangel". People wait with impatience and great rejoicing at all these regional and patriotic parties. The city changes into a musical uproar and fireworks.
The religious and pagan traditions join together to begin a magnificent, colorful and mystical parade, with folkloric dances from different places in the country. San Miguel thus preserves the spirit of our native customs.
Two of the most important cultural centers in the city are :
CENTRO CULTURAL "EL NIGROMANTE", in which you can learn and improve any of the "BELLE ARTS", such as, paint, dance, sculpture, photography, music, and others.
It is a branch of the wellknown Instituto de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The impressive building, which dates from the mid-18th century, was once the Convento de la Concepcion and features an immense, tree-shaded courtyard.
A bulletin board lists lectures and concerts given both here and elsewhere in the city. Several murals are also exhibited, including one by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
The other one is the "INSTITUTO ALLENDE", that offers courses in jewelry, sculpture, language, painting, etc. With academic credit at international level.
Also, San Miguel has two University extensions, the State University of Guanajuato and University of Valle de Mexico, that offer degrees and language studies.
There’s an amateur theater group called "Players Workshop" performing two seasons per year. The plays they put on stage have a high quality, and delight the public. We also have 2 seasons of Chamber Music with well known artists from all over the world.
Yearly in October, at Guanajuato City, the "Festival Cervantino" takes place. This festival has become one of the most largest cultural events in Mexico. Some of the programs are extended to our city, so we have the chance to enjoy them.
We are proud to have THE BIGGEST BILINGUAL LIBRARY IN LATINOAMERICA. "Biblioteca Publica de San Miguel de Allende"
And it’s also the headquarters of our newspaper, "Atencion San Miguel", which is printed in both languages, showing the integration of both cultures.
At the library, kids have the opportunity of taking art and English classes free. Also, the "Club de Amigos" where foreigners and Mexican chat in both languages, being this a great way to learn a language. But, the biggest contribution of the library is the scholarships, for natives in order to achieve an education.
Arts and crafts, being a part of our cultural wealth, show the artisans magic hands that transform any material into a fascinating work of art.
You can buy art everywhere in San Miguel de Allende. The city is well known for its fine shopping - often niche and boutique shops - selling high quality of its regionally produced arts and crafts with a rich variety.
Metalwork, masks, trays, lanterns, picture frames and decorative objects made of tin, copper, brass, bronze and wrought iron and the design of local silversmiths are particularly worth seeking out.
Also available are pottery, weaving, sculpture, straw items, papel mache, hand-loomed cambaya cloth (a material frequently used to make skirts), and folk and traditional art.
colonial furniture is some of the finest produced in Mexico.
San Miguel de Allende is one of the best places in all of Latin America to learn Spanish or take art classes. Here some suggestions to you:
HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS
What about health ? San Miguel has a numerous physicians with different specialties. Also, 3 hospitals, the city hospital or "hospital civil" located at reloj street, "Hospital de la Fe" located at the libramiento and Sanatorio Torres de San Miguel on Calzada de la Presa.
We could continue on and on talking about magic San Miguel, but we find it quite difficult to write down all the advantages San Miguel has, we wanted only to give you an idea, but at the same time offer you the opportunity of discovering it by yourself.
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