San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
SMA, one of my favorite places in this world, is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Guanajuato, Mexico. I have been lucky enough to visit SMA a handful of times (not nearly enough!), and only about two hours away from my family’s city, San Luis Potosi. This city is home to many expatriates and there are hundreds of villas, apartments and beautiful hotels available for rent. This last stay was in a beautiful one bedroom suite in the heart of the city, a few blocks from the historic Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel. Next time I’ll have to post photos of my wonderful family stay in a gorgeous villa overlooking the entire city.
SMA has everything! Amazing food, artisan crafts in el mercado, and is home to many artists from around the world. I found our suite through Home Away, one of my most favorite sites for booking travel.
Some recommendations as you explore the streets of SMA:
-Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel - Your stay won’t be compete without a visit to this gorgeous church. Snag a few pictures in the town center, but you can also see it from many of SMA’s hotel rooftop bars and El Mirador, one of the highest points of the city where you can enjoy a 360 degree view!
- San Augustin Chocolates y Churros - As most of you may know, I am a dessert freak! I love love love chocolate. This popular cafe in SMA will have you raving about their churros, try the dulce de leche and cajeta filled churros!
- El Mercado - If you are a shopper like I am then you’ll definitely want to take an entire morning (and afternoon to be honest!) to check out the Mercado. This market is about 5 blocks of artisan crafts, where I have picked up hand painted pottery, jewelry, flower crowns, pewter candle holders, and soo much more. Definitely check it out and bring your pesos!
-Rosewood Hotel - This was one of the highlights of my stay in SMA. This gorgeous hotel features a beautiful rooftop bar where you can get some wonderful drinks, appetizers, mini tacos, etc. The view is breathtaking! Dress up for this occasion and on your way out check out the art collection in the basement floor, you don’t want to miss this!
-Canada de la Virgen, S.P.R de R.L - If you love to learn about history and archeology, take a trip to Canada de la Virgen. We went with an amazing tour guide Albert Coffee, archeologist who walked us through the significance of these ruins. He was a full of information and entertained us the entire time. We also signed up for lunch at a local ranch and the food itself was fantastic.
As you can tell, I love SMA. Coming to this town, you truly feel welcomed and at home. Stay a weekend or a week, you’ll catch the beauty and romanticisim of this wonderful town in the heart of Mexico.
Can’t wait to make another trip this summer!