San Miguel de Allende is a provincial town located in Guanajuato, Central Mexico, famous for its colonial architeture, cosmpolitan atmosphere and vibrant culture.
Founded in 1542 by a Franciscan monk, Fray Juan de San Miguel, the town later added “Allende” in honor of Ignacio Allende, the Independence hero of 1810, who was born here.
After the Independence war, San Miguel was in a state of decline till a group of artists promoted its picturesque charm. It soon became very popular for art lovers, writers, foreign retirees and tourists.
In 2008, San Miguel became part of the World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. A few years later, in 2013, San Miguel was named “Best City in the World” by the readers of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine, among other travel and culinary magazines.