This small but wonderful city in the state of Guanajuato was founded as a mission in the mid-sixteenth century by Friar Juan de San Miguel in an effort to evangelize the “Purepecha” groups that lived in the area. This is where the name San Miguel comes from later was supplemented with the name of independence hero Ignacio Allende.
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, San Miguel was an important center of connection between the mining towns of the surrounding areas and the capital of New Spain (Mexico was called “New Spain” during the colony), but it really became important as a town in the eighteenth century, when they were built some of the most amazing buildings. Over the following century this city played a key role in the War of Mexican Independence.
Today is a beautiful small city, in addition to keeping valuable examples of religious art and architecture in churches, houses and squares. It has a cosmopolitan population and interesting cultural programs throughout the year, dozens of art galleries, bars and restaurants contribute to touristic attractiveness of the area.
San Miguel de Allende is a city that deserves to be explored by foot so you can enjoy it to the maximum, we recommend you to bring comfortable shoes because the streets are made of rocks.