Taking any of the flights to Guanajuato allows us to know San Miguel de Allende, a place where its streets are full of galleries, cafes, hotels and restaurants, most of them in houses and buildings of a beautiful colonial architecture, knowing it won´t only fill you of pleasures, but of enriching experiences. For this reason we decided to make a small guide to help you get to know and enjoy your visit better.
Colonial city World Heritage Site
In 2008, UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende as one of the World Cultural Heritage Cities; this was due to its contribution to Baroque architecture and to Mexican culture as a place of great importance in the Mexican War of Independence. In addition, it is the Mexican colonial city with more titles in its history; it was even the capital of Mexico during the Benito Juarez administration.
From Ghost Town to Cultural City
If we go back to the year 1900, San Miguel de Allende was about to become a ghost town because mining, which was the main activity in these lands, wasn´t so popular, even in 1926 the city was declared Historical Monument by the Mexican Government, in order to preserve its colonial architecture. At the end of World War II, many Americans were looking for a place to take refuge and forget about the calamities of war, and at that time San Miguel was recognized as one of the best tourist attractions in Mexico, even American soldiers already out of service, made sure that the Allende Institute was recognized by the educational services of the United States, so that they and their families could spend long periods in this city.
Travel the city on “desire”
One of the best tourist attractions of San Miguel de Allende is the tram ride, and this train gives you a tour of the most important historical and cultural points of the city. The trip lasts 45 minutes and makes two stops, one in front of the Casa Sierra Nevada hotel and another one in the viewpoint of the entrance to San Miguel, if you want to find out about legends, stories and anecdotes from national or celebrity movie actors, don´t let to do this tour that leaves a block from the Parish of San Miguel Arcángel.
You can´t leave without trying the Tumbagones
A sweet tradition in San Miguel de Allende is to eat the famous tumbagones, which are wafer-style sweets rolled sprinkled with icing sugar, made with green tomatoes, egg, flour, lard, tequesquite and alcohol. This candy has registered trademark in this city and is usually consumed with a cup of coffee.
San Miguel is without a doubt, a city that you can´t miss the next time you take one of the flights to Guanajuato, because beyond the titles with which it has been recognized, to walk its streets and know its history is an experience that will give you a feeling of total calm.