The Spanish founded the city in the early 1500’s, and its original name came from Father Juan San Miguel. In 1862, the city changed its name to San Miguel de Allende in honor of Ignacio Allende, and after silver was discovered in the mid-16th century, the city became a commercial and military hub.
There are always things to do in San Miguel de Allende, with events taking place year round. King’s Day celebrations, the La Candelaria festivals, religious rituals related to the Holy Week, the Day of the Cross, the city celebrations in September, Day of the Dead, and the Christmas Posadas, all occurring throughout the year. Many different festivals ranging from movies, classical music, jazz, rock, salsa and the International Cervantino Festival in the city of Guanajuato, also take place in and around San Miguel. There are several excellent educational centers which specialize in art, culture and languages. Elsewhere, horseback riding, the mask museum, city tours and hot air balloon rides, have become popular activities in the area.
Beneath the smart B&B’s and fancy shops, another Mexico emerges. Laze in the main plaza, visit the food market or interact with the local people and discover a spectacular ambience, color and vibe, so particular to San Miguel de Allende.