Planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende and want to make sure you don’t miss out on the top things to do in san miguel de allende? San Miguel de Allende is a great spot in Mexico, that is popular with American expats, but also a hot spot for Mexican tourism.
Which is easy to see why, there is something for everywhere in San Miguel de Allende. It is full of great night life, it has live music on the street, latin music in the bars, pumping night clubs or even chill jazz music in a nice relaxed setting. No matter what you are looking to do in San Miguel de Allende or not looking to do, you will find it.
It attracts people for its cool and temperate climate, which makes it enjoyable year round. But keeps them coming back for it’s wonderful friendly people amazing and different things to do.
1. Walking Tour
Take a walking tour all around San Miguel de Allende and learn all about the history of the city. Meet new and exciting people and see things that you would have normally missed. Walking tours are a great way to find all about the hot and local spots in where you are.
They are great for meeting new people if you are traveling solo and asking any random questions about the city that you are unable to find on google. I love them, as my readers already know and always seek them out wherever I go. There are plenty of walking tour to choose from in San Miguel de Allende as well, so you can pick the walking tour that most interests you.
Cost: Depends on the tour for a list of walking tours in San Miguel de Allende
2. La Gruta Hot Springs
Take a break from walking around the city and relax for the afternoon in the hot springs. They are perfect for unwinding and relaxing your tired legs after walking around the city all day. The natural hot springs having healing mineral water that helps to relieve achy muscles. They even will bring you drinks so you don’t even have to get out of the water.
It is the perfect place to come if you are looking to relax. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and towel though, as they don’t have towels to rent. However, they do provide lockers at no extra cost.
Cost: 200 pesos ( $10)
3. Enjoy Live Music
San Miguel is full of live music and street performers day and night. It is hard to walk around the city without running into it. If you are unable to find it in the street, you will most certainly hear it coming from a nearby restaurant or bar. It is everywhere and a part of what makes San Miguel so special, be sure to sit back and enjoy it.
Life moves at a different pace here and so should you. Stop and enjoy the music 🙂
4. Wine Tour
Surprisingly enough Mexico is an upcoming spot for wine, and most of those wines are coming from just outside of San Miguel de Allende. There are new and old wineries popping up all around and they are making award winning wines, like the winery Tres Racies.
It is a great place to go enjoy the afternoon, have lunch and enjoy some great wines. However, if you would like to take a tour of their facility it is best to book in advance as they don’t offer walk in tours. They have some amazing award winning wines and their views are stunning.
Cost: Depends on how much wine you drink
5. Botanical Gardens
About 15 minutes outside of San Miguel and sitting high above it there are some botanical gardens that should not be missed. Full of Cacti, succulents, high valleys, water dams and wildlife they are a great place to go and enjoy the outdoors of Mexico.
If you enjoy getting out and enjoying the outdoors like I do, it is a great place to come and enjoy a few hours just walking around and enjoying nature. There are plenty of trails to hike ranging from easy to hard, so there is something for everyone. They also sometimes host events, so be sure to check to see if any fun activities are going on there.
Cost: 80 Pesos ($4)
6. Live Performance
Just like the live music, San Miguel de Allende is known for its live performances year round. There is always something going on in this city. Which is why it is nicknamed the city of festivals. You will always find something going on, and at all price levels. Whether it is a paid dance performance, or a live national dance festival of Mexico happening in the street, there is never a dull day here.
Be sure to check out their local paper to make sure you don’t miss anything or if you want to leave it to chance, I am sure you will stumble upon something just walking around the city. Because there is always something going on here.
Cost: Depends, but normally free if you find it on the streets.
7. Visit The Main Church Parroquia de San
San Miguel is full of churches, just like the rest of Mexico. Everywhere you turn, you will see one. They are on every corner, but you can not come to San Miguel de Allende and miss the Parroquia. It is in the main square of the city and also the highlight. A great location spotter too as you walk around the city, because you can see it from almost anywhere.
Be sure you actually walk in and see the inside of the church as well, as it is not to be missed.
8. Rooftop Bar
Nothing says San Miguel de Allende more than enjoying a cocktail, lunch, dinner or just a coffee on a rooftop bar or restaurant. The city is full of them and they are also what make it so special giving you a view of the whole city. Great for during the day, sunset or even in the even as the city and all the churches are lit up.
Be sure not to miss them while you are there. With plenty to choose from you can find one in any price range, so they are within any budget.
Cost: 60- 200 pesos ($3 – $10) per drink
9. Eat at El Mananlial
Be sure to check out the restaurant El Mananlial, a local favorite spot. It is a little bit of a walk outside the main tourist square area, but well worth it. The inside is decorated very uniquely. It is small and has a certain charm to it as it only popular with locals and expats.
The food is delicious, it focuses mainly on sea food dishes, so if seafood is not your thing maybe it is better to skip it for the food and only come for a drink. However their food is amazing, and not over priced. They also make great margaritas with plentiful options of mezcal or tequila.
Cost: Starting around 100 pesos ($5) depending on what you order
10. Shop at the Local Market
As with any local Mexican town, San Miguel de Allende has a great local market. Full with fresh produce, cheap clothing, souveriners, leather boots, cowboy hats and pretty much anything else you would want to buy or bring home from Mexico. It is a great place to go and find great cheap deals.
They also have some great cheap restaurants in the market, if you are looking for authentic Mexican food for a fraction of the price. It is a great place to come for shopping of grabbing a bite to eat while you are in town.
Cost: Depends on what you want to buy
San Miguel is a great place to visit. I was surprised how much I loved it and was shocked to see it not over-run with retired expats. It still has a great Mexican feel, which is probably why it is so popular. A great place for almost any budget, as it is full of cheap things to do, but also still hosts some great Michelin star restaurants.
There is something for everyone in San Miguel de Allende, but there is still so much more to see in the whole country of Mexico.
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