Things to do
ART & CULTURE
There’s something about the light in San Miguel de Allende that draws creatives. This vibrant town is a magnet for writers and artists – including David Leonardo, who created the vivid murals inside La Biblioteca. More murals lie inside Escuela de Bellas Artes, a monastery turned ever-changing exhibition space.
Thanks in part to its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site, San Miguel’s colonial centre remains beautifully preserved. Its most well-known landmark, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, is a towering series of neo-Gothic turrets in the town’s signature shade of burnt pink. After this, enjoy an up-close look at the 18th-century Oratorio de San Felipe Neri before getting a city-wide view from El Mirador. Be sure to travel a little further out of town to Cañada de la Virgen, an incredible complex of mystical ancient pyramids.
It’s little wonder that culture-rich San Miguel has a full events calendar. From Day of the Dead in November to June’s ‘Day of the Crazies’, its festivals mix spirituality with revelry, parades with all-night parties. November is the pitch-perfect time for musical types to visit, when the annual Jazz and Blues Festival strikes up. And families will love the Storytelling Festival in October – with open mic events for aspiring tellers of tales.